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Introduction to Arduino Workshop

This past Saturday, Catalyze played host to an Arduino Workshop run by Kevin McQuown of Windy City Lab. We had a great turnout and some wonderful feedback from our guests, who went from zero to circuit building in record speeds.

The class is good for all ages and perfect for those with little or no knowledge as to how circuits work, such as this blogger here. As a designer, I am used to building products around electronics but have always viewed those green boards and wires as something of a dark art. After Kevin’s class, I have a much clearer picture of what’s happening in there and even started building my own bundles of magic, all in the span of a few hours.

In attendance was this designer here, a couple curious web developers, a hobbyist, and a slew of suburban librarians (I was pleasantly surprised, as well!) According to these traveling scholars, many libraries are looking at the maker movement as a new and exciting way to connect and captivate students. This course served as the perfect stepping stone for them to learn the basics of electronics, and in turn, begin to build a curriculum of their own.

All in all, this was a great way to spend a Saturday and I highly recommend it! Take a look at the attached pictures, and if interested, contact Kevin for more details

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