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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 :)

I can haz knowledge?



cat-computerHave you always wanted to learn how to do that one thing at LVL1?

Maybe you wanted to try one of our 3D printers, or the vinyl cutter, or the table saw.  And you simply didn’t know how to do it.

We have a NEW feature for you!

Just send us an email at!

We want to know what YOU want to know.  By sending a message to that email, you will have instant access to a team of first-class makers ready to assist you in getting the help you need.

Similarly, if you want to teach something (that means anything) we will help you arrange a workshop at your convenience.  Let us worry about the logistics while you enrich our space with a skill to share.

LVL1 is an educational institution.  Part of that education comes from making, hacking, and tinkering–the other part comes from sharing what we know.

So don’t hesitate: when you need to know how to do something at our hackerspace, email!

Free Autodesk Fusion 360 Workshop – 1/14, 7-9pm


Fusion Workshop Banner

LVL1 will be hosting a FREE Autodesk Fusion 360 workshop on Wednesday, January 14th, from 7 to 9pm. Show up with your laptop (Fusion 360 pre-installed, please!) and prepare for a knowledge bomb.

Fusion 360 is a new 3D CAD Design package, integrating parametric mechanical design, with easy-to-use modeling tools.  Fusion 360 makes it easy to collaborate on projects, share CAD data, and build your project quickly and easily.  If you’ve used other CAD tools, you’ll find the learning curve for 360 to be pretty shallow. With integrated DFM and CAM tools, it’s super easy to export from Fusion 360 and bring your designs to life using LVL1’s 3D printers or milling machines.

Best of all, Fusion 360 is FREE for students, hobbyists, and startups.

Tanner Reid will be conducting this class from Autodesk HQ. Download Fusion today, and learn how to use it on January 14th at LVL1.

You can Download Fusion here:

Surface Mount TV-B-Gone Workshop Extravaganza!


Surface Mount TV B Gone


Charles has been working for a while to get this workshop set up, and it’s finally here!
Do you want to learn how to surface mount solder? Do you want to build a kit that can turn off hundreds of TVs with only one button press? Do you want to get kicked out of major electronics tradeshows?
LVL1 has the deal for you! Learn how to surface mount solder a Surface mount TV B Gone kit, designed by our own Charles Lehman! Learn everything you need to put this kit together, and walk out with a working TV-B-Gone!
This is a $25 hands-on crash course to learn to Solder a Super Surface Mount TV-B-Gone. You will make and keep a device capable of generating over 230 different TV power codes, which can turn off almost any TV, great fun for sports bars and supermarkets!

Learn the skills you need to solder surface mount components!

You need bring only yourself, all materials are provided!

There are three sessions on the 13th of December. Sign up for the timeslot most convenient for you, and make a cool gadget! $25 for non-members, $20 for members (members, check the member list for your discount code.)
Session 1, Noon
Session 2, 2pm
Session 3, 4pm
If you’ve got any questions, send ’em to!
LVL1 Hackerspace
1205 E. Washington St.
Louisville, KY 40206