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LVL1 is proud to announce it's latest class- the Freeduino Spring Training Workshop. Time and place is May 18, 2010 from 7-10 pm at the U of L Speed School Room 210. This workshop will help you learn the skills to be able to play with that shiny Arduino or Freeduino that you have been dying to figure out! Our coaches will step you through building several fun circuits that demonstrate how to interface your Arduino with LED's, LCD's, switches, sensors, potentiometers, motors and sound. After taking this class, you should be able to breadboard a circuit and then program your Arduino. We know this class will be a GRAND SLAM!

The cost of the workshop is $50 ($80 if you need a Freeduino). Besides the world class instruction, you will get your very own breadboard, several LED's (even a tri-colored one), a cool blue LCD display, a temperature sensor, a photo sensor, several switches, many resistors (with brightly colored bands!), a few potentiometers, a motor and a speaker... everything you need to batter up!

OK, enough with the cheezy baseball references. This highly requested workshop will be just what you need to get started learning electronics, bit-banging, embedded computer interfacing and programming. It is sure to be a h.. good time.

Sign up is easy. GO HERE!

Here is a copy of the flyer if you would like to read it, or post it somewhere. Hope to see you there!

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I ordered another print from Shapeways and after some volcano-related delays, it finally arrived. Another good experience from Shapeways. Now that Sketchup 7.1 can do Collada exports, the process is easier but still, it does not have power tools for mesh editing, so it sometimes can be difficult creating a watertight model that passes Shapeways' checks. Each 2-part case was a bit over $3 in "White, Strong and Flexible" material. (They're small) and shipping for orders over $25 is free. ...continue reading "Shapeways for electronics cases"

This is a repost of the Google Groups announcement.

The hunt is on! We've crossed off some of the more
expensive options already. But we have a few contenders in the
running. Here's the our wiki page with the contenders with links back
to their discussion threads:

http://wiki.lvl1.org/Possible_locations

So here's how we're going to make a decision.. Starting next meeting,
a quorum of our members will rank all the scouted options from most
preferable to least preferable. Results will be tallied to determine
the most preferred location. At that point, we have a brief discussion
about *only* the top pick. Whomever shows up, members and non-members,
can advocate for it or against it. Then members will follow that with
a vote to either "Pull the trigger on this location" OR "Pass until
next meeting" We will do this at every meeting henceforth, rinse and
repeat, until we get a space.

If you have a space in mind, it's important to get it scouted before
the next meeting. No one can know if a decision will be reached next
meeting or not. Every meeting is a big meeting from now on... until we
are meeting at our new location!

My sincerest gratitude and appreciation goes out to everyone who has
contributed financially and otherwise. Progress doesn't happen unless
people make it happen. And at every step you all have made it happen!
We'll have a space soon! And we're just getting started...

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The SALAMANDER triple sensor boards arrived and are under construction by students in the Gadget Lab at the University of Louisville. We used a laser-cut mylar stencil from Pololu to stencil solder paste onto the pads, then students placed the parts and we reflowed the solder on a hotplate. These boards were previously hand-soldered, but we need 50 of them for the summer so that had to change. If you're considering the hotplate method, it is very very good and you should try it. The Gadget Lab has a fancy "lab" hotplate but I have just acquired the $20 Target skillet and will try it soon with that. We do all the surface-mount parts this way, then stick on a few through-hole connectors. The staggered SparkFun connector footprint does hold the connectors in place nicely (though much better for the 3-pin ones than the 2-pin parts) Now we have 27 working boards, and the bottleneck has moved to testing and sensor calibration. One person's bottleneck is another person's summer research project!