May 13th and 14th Classes,Classes,Classes,Come Learn Stuff!

May 9, 2016

May 13th: Intro to the Unix Command Line aka Magical Runes


When and Where: May 13th 7:30pm at HackPGH

Synopsis: This is an introductory class for getting started using the Linux command line. Whether you want to manage a web server, make the most of a weak computer such as a Raspberry Pi or old PC, or just have fun messing around computers, knowing a few things about getting around a Linux command line will only make your life easier.

The class will cover:
* Basic usage, system monitoring and
* Pipelines and I/O redirection
* Simple shell scripting
* Introduction to useful power tools
* Chat with other users like it’s 1973!

You will need to bring a laptop but that’s it. If you are using a Windows machine, this program here as well:

May 14th: Introduction to Electronic Sensors Class (for Arduino)


When and Where: May 14th 10am-2pm at HackPGH

Buy tickets here!

What is this class:

This is the next class in HackPittsburgh’s series of classes for 2016. We are continuing on the journey to be able to build your own robot or 3d printer. Now that you know basic arduino programming, its time to spice things up and get a bit more advanced.

In the last class you learned about the photoresistor sensor, and you used it to control a traffic light.

In this class you will learn about many more types of sensors, including: switches, voltage dividers, potentiometers, IR/ultrasonic distance sensors, and my personal favorite, the accelerometer (you have one in your smartphone. It allows your phone to do magic!)

You will learn the electrical and physics properties of these sensors and the proper way to use them, including various tricks to remove noise, and get the most efficiency out of them.

What do I get for my money?

You will receive:

• Breadboard, jumper wires, a couple of switches, potentiometer, IR/ultrasonic distance sensor, accelerometer, 9V battery. various resistors.

• You will also receive the knowledge to use these sensors properly, and personal help from experienced engineers at HackPittsburgh to get started with your sensors project.

• If you took the Basic Arduino Programming Class on April 2, you also get 10% off this class. Email for the code. Remember, the more you learn, the more you save!

How close am I to building a robot or 3d printer if I take this class?

You are actually very close. A robot or 3d printer needs a brain (computer or Arduino), sensors (learn about them in this class), and motors (learn about them in the next class).  You also need to know basic machine tool skills (come to HackPGH during mechanical club and we will teach you!)

You should know the very basics of C/C++ or similar language, and basic familiarity with your Arduino. If you are new to Arduino, we will help you get started.

This class requires that you have an Arduino. If you don’t have one, let us know and we can sell you one. The type of Arduino doesn’t matter (Uno, Mega, Due, etc).

Recommended Age Group: 8-99 (kids must be accompanied by adults)

Lunch: Light refreshments will be served during lunch. We will order Pizza together at $5 a person (depending on number of people)

More Classes for 2016!!!

• Basic Electricity and Electronics (if you missed it, will be repeated soon)

• Learn to Solder (March 26)

• Basic Arduino Programming (April 2nd: Arduino Day)

• Sensors Sensors Sensors! (This class)

• Advanced Arduino Programming (TBD)

• Motor Control (TBD)

• Basic Electronics Part 2: Semiconductors and op-amps (TBD)

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