Courses: Winter-Spring 2018

APRIL 2018:
Free Educational Opportunities For Aspiring Makers


Through a grant collaboration with Innovation Places/CTNext and McEIVR, Inc., MakerspaceCT is offering tools and classes to enable hardware and software development through the offering of introductory classes at no cost beginning March 2018.

This access will enable students, entrepreneurs, women, innovators and anyone interested to learn and use tools for developing prototypes and innovations, using on site equipment and materials with professionals.

Instructors provide on-site, introductory classes on subjects such as Arduino Microcontroller, Raspberry PI, 3D Printing and 3D Scanning.

Classes will take place at the MakerspaceCT facility at 960 Main Street, Hartford, Connecticut. 

Each applicant that is accepted into the program will attend free-of-charge thanks to a scholarship grant program administered by Innovation Places/CTNEXT. The scholarship gives accepted students access to any classes offered by MakerspaceCT (based on availability) through June 30, 2018. Students will also have access to a six month membership to MakerspaceCT once our doors open later in 2018.  

Eligibility Criteria: To be accepted into this program, you must an Adult 18+ currently residing in Connecticut. Space is limited, application does not guarantee your acceptance. Acceptance will be confirmed in advance of course start date.

Course Catalog: APPLICATION BEGINS MARCH 21, 2018

Introduction to Arduino Microcontroller

DATE: APRIL 2 & 3, 2018, 7-9:30PM (2 SESSIONS)

Participants will be introduced to the Arduino Microcontroller, its Development Environment, basic programming syntax, and a variety of inputs and outputs.

In this course, students will (either themselves or with a partner):

  • Install and configure the Arduino Development Environment (ADE) on Windows, macOS, or Linux.
  • Configure ADE to communicate with an Arduino UNO microcontroller over a USB serial connection.
  • Write a series of simple programs to retrieve inputs (switches, potentiometers, sensors) and send outputs (LEDs, buzzer, display).

Introduction to the Raspberry Pi

DATE: APRIL 16 & 17, 2018, 7-9:30 PM (2 SESSIONS)
Participants will be introduced to the Raspberry Pi Microcomputer, GNU/Linux, MIT Scratch, basic python code, and basic inputs and outputs.

Students Will Be Able To:
  • Install the Raspberry Pi operating system to a microSD card for the Pi.
  • Configure Raspberry Pi to communicate with the local network, configure basic security settings, and explore the Raspbian operating system.
  • Understand the basic hobbyist and educational applications of the Raspberry Pi, especially in comparison to things like the Arduino platform.
  • Import a python library for GPIO (General Purpose In/Out) communication and write some basic code examples.
  • Explore the web applications of a raspberry pi, including setup of a simple web server.

Introduction to 3D Printing

DATE: APRIL 5, 2018, 7-9:30 PM (1 SESSION)

This class will introduce students to the basic concepts of 3D Printing and the software available for projects they may undertake in the MakerSpaceCT facility.

In this course, students will learn:

  • Safety Rules and Guidelines.
  • Design capabilities and limitations of 3D Printer.
  • Intro to software.

Introduction to 3D Scanning

DATE: APRIL 12, 2018, 7-9:30PM (1 SESSION)
This class will introduce students to the basic concepts of 3D scanning and the editing software available for different projects they may undertake in the MakerSpaceCT facility.

Students Will Be Able To:
  • Scan an object and use a 3D editing program and
  • Be able to use that skill to be able to develop a prototype of it with a laser cutter or 3D printer

Scholarships Provided Via
Innovation Places/CTNext:

CT Next

The headquarters for the Maker Movement in Connecticut. Coming in 2018!

Our future location: 960 Main Street, Hartford, CT.

MakerspaceCT is a program of McEIVR, Inc., a 501(c)3 nonprofit.

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