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Arduino 101 Workshop – Nov 7, 12PM – 4PM


Learn the basics of Arduino and how to leverage this embedded platform for your next electronics project. We’ll cover how to control LEDs, motors, and communicate with a variety of sensors using the Arduino IDE. We’ll also cover general electronics topics including voltage and current and basic components like resistors and capacitors. We’ll provide the Arduino and other electrical components, but you cannot take them home with you. If you want a set, I’ll make recommendations at the workshop.

Sign up here:

What you need to do before the workshop:

1. Load your laptop with the latest Arduino IDE installed ( and bring it with you\

2. Brush up on C or other programming languages, just enough to be familiar with the big ideas (e.g. variables, loops, if-statements).

3. Get excited, you’re about to learn some really awesome stuff :)

THIS WEEKEND — The Stupid Hackathon!


That’s right, folks!

It’s only days until the Midwest Regional Stupid Sh!t No One Needs and Terrible Ideas Hackathon!  

Where:  LVL1 Hackerspace (duh)

When:  Oct. 10-11 (12 pm Saturday to 3pm the following day)

Who:  EVERY ADULT (with a sense of humor)

What:  A hackathon that aims to cleverly solve problems that DON’T exist.

Why:  Because everybody else is taking this stuff WAY too seriously, and it’s time we did something about it.  Something ridiculous.  And fun.

No cost is involved (except maybe your pride).

And for those “useful” people who are unable to think of problems that no one has (like your shoes being too comfortable, for instance), we will have a variety that you can choose front on site that are personally verified stupid by our “resident experts.”

Special awards will also be given out!  They continue to be in development, and more submissions are welcome.

Here is the current list:

“The Disappointment Machine” — for the worst/best failed 3-D print — award: exclusive failed print “art”

“Accidentally Useful” — for the creation that turns out to solve an ACTUAL problem — award: project will be lovingly left as a foundling on the doorstep of FirstBuild, where it can, perhaps, be taken seriously one day

Check out our wiki page ( for more updates as we plummet headlong into this farce of epic proportions…  and see you Saturday!

Halloween (SPOOKY) Learn-a-Things


Spoopy Pumpkin

LVL1’s Learn-a-Thing program has been running every Tuesday at 6pm for 3 months now, and we’ve helped almost 30 people Learn how to use a variety of tools to make cool stuff.

For the month of October, I plan to offer more specific programming during the Learn-a-Thing workshops, where anyone can come in and make a spooky shape (ghost, skeleton, pumpkin, w/e) out of wood and trick it out with a simple LED circuit.

If you’ve been wanting an excuse to make it down to the space to make something, but never had a project idea, now’s your chance!

Feel free to also stop by during October with questions about our other tools also; Specific Thematic information available at

Hack On!


LVL1 Hackerspace
1205 E. Washington St.
Louisville, KY 40206