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January 2017 Classes: Raspberry Pi, Arduino, Hard Drive Installs & More


Woodworking Classes – A foundation Course in woodworking. (Cutting boards)

Monday, January 2, 2017 6:30-9:30PM
Cost: $40/person

This class will take you through the process of straightening and squaring wood for jointing into a cutting board that you can take home! (Size limit 16”X10”). This is a perfect beginner level course for those interested in woodworking but are in need of some help getting started! Its also perfect for those who would just love to make a cutting board!
Tools used: table saw, planer, router, sanders, bar clamps and hand plane.
Safety equipment and materials included in the cost of the course.
Note: Additional time may be required for glue set up. Just come back next class and we can finish up!

Speedy PC SSD Install Workshop!

Saturday, January 7, 2017 3-8PM
Cost: Free

Have a computer or laptop that seems kind of sluggish? Speed it up with a solid state drive! Purchase an SSD in advance, and get help installing it and setting up Windows or Linux!

Arduino 101: Getting Started

Saturday, January 7, 2017: 12:30-4:30PM

Ever wanted to know how to program your own microcontroller? Control a few devices such as a ceiling fan or garage door opener? Get started with Arduino 101.

What you’ll learn

  • Differences between devices such as Arduinos, Raspberry Pis & personal computers
  • How to write a basic program and control items
  • How to transfer your new program to the Arduino
  • How to use a breadboard, signals and power from the Arduino to make an LED blink
  • How to switch on/off 120v powered items such as lights, appliances and other items
  • How to use sensors to detect (time permitting)
  • Where to look for inspiration and example projects to continue learning

Bring with you

Example projects featuring Arduinos

Word Clock
World Mood Box
Doomcano (LVL1’s fundraising fire box)
Butterscotch (LVL1’s famous fire breathing pony, hardware overview)

Vinyl Cutter: Customizing products like a cup/tumbler

Wednesday, January 11, 2017: 6-7:30PM
Cost: $5-12

This session covers the skills needed to customize a drinking tumbler.  Space is limited to 10 people.  $12 fee covers all materials (tumbler, vinyl) used in the course; bring your own item for $5.


  • Learn how to use software to create a design the vinyl cutter can understand your text or graphic
  • Learn how to setup and begin cutting with the machine
  • Learn how to adhere your design to a surface


Raspberry Pi: Getting Started Workshop

Saturday, January 14, 2017 12:30-4:30PM
Cost: $20

Grab a Raspberry Pi during any holiday sales? Learn how to use it during this workshop. Don’t have one but want to learn, we will have them available.

During this workshop you’ll learn:

  • Raspberry Pi overview & capabilities
  • Getting started with the Pi
    • Formatting an SD card for Mac & PC
    • Updating the Pi’s software
    • Accessing from the network or via a keyboard, screen and mouse
  • First project
    • Learn how to turn on/off GPIOs (the pins that turn on/off items connected to the Pi)
    • Turning on/off LEDs
    • Turning on/off relays
    • Reading data from a sensor (time allowing)

Example projects that use the Pi


Intermediate & Advanced

2016 Holiday Workshop-A-Thon


Join LVL1 for full day of classes covering 3D printing, custom embroidery and

All events Saturday, December 17

10AM-12PM: Embroider a holiday stocking
We’ll provide the stocking, you provide your color choice and text and we’ll show you the rest! This is a great hands-on project so you can learn the machine & have something to use for the holidays! Cost is $10 that covers all materials to produce a custom embroidered stocking you can take home with you. Please purchase 1 ticket for each stocking.
RSVP Note: Must pay by 8:30 AM Saturday, Dec 17 so we have enough material for you
Cost: $10 (covers materials)

2-4PM: Personalizing your own Tumbler
We’ll provide you with an insulated tumbler to personalize! You’ll learn what the vinyl cutter can help you personalize and how to quickly adhere an design to a surface.
Cost: $12 (covers 20oz tumbler & materials)

4PM & 5PM: 3D Printing: Getting to know how it works
Learn how 3D printers work, what you can print out and where to find designs. Thinking of getting a 3D printer for the holiday break? Stop here so you can learn the teams before assembling your own.

LVL1 Halloween 2016!


lvl1halloweenposterfinal2016Halloween is here at LVL1…

…and so are a ton of awesome events!  Stop by this weekend and join in the fun!

Sumobot Tournament

When: Saturday the 29th, 8PM

Sumobots are adorable little robots meant to shove other sumo bots into a burning pit surrounding a sumo ring. Minus the burning pit. Details can be found on the wiki:

Internet of Terror! Hackathon

When: Friday 28th, 8PM – Sunday the 30th 3PM.

Preliminary showing after costume contest judging on the 29th.
Take something from the internet of things and make it terrifying OR connect something terrifying to the internet of things. Terrifying does not necessarily = scary.

Memes of Screams Costume Contest and Hackathon

When: Friday the 28th, 8PM – Saturday, 7PM.  Judging at 8PM.

Don’t feel like electronics hacking Halloween weekend? Make a costume based on your favorite internet meme. Wow! Such terror! Extra points for working on the costume at LVL1.  Judging is entirely subjective and criteria will be announced at the start of the hackathon.

Halloween Party

When: Saturday the 29th. 6PM-?

Come enjoy cake and punch while mingling with the denizens of LVL1. Watch sumobots or distract the hackathon participants. A [insert halloween pun here] will be had by all!

Arduino 101 Workshop – Oct 15th, 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.

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 🙂

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