Teaching Soldering at the Public Library Association Conference, Denver April 8, 2016

Using Sparkfun Weevil Eye kits (my go-to kit) I taught 10 people the basics of soldering during PLA. While most had no experience with soldering, a few had soldered in the past and were able to pick it up again. Everybody did a great job (all the kits worked!) and I was able to meet some cool folks from other libraries around the country.

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Another Day of Soldering at the Library

Another fun-filled morning of soldering at the Mamie Doud Eisenhower Public Library.

Today, 8 participants successfully completed the Sparkfun Weevil Eye kit. It is a great starter kit for beginners on which to learn the basics of soldering. As always each participant used the trusty Hakko FX888D temperature controlled soldering station.

First I gave a short lecture on the basics of soldering, which covered equipment, safety and soldering technique which was followed by the participants completing their Sparkfun kits.

This class was a follow up to a previous class. The first one was so popular that it filled up quickly. Soon after the wait list filled up. So another class was in order.

-Steve

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Soldering Day at the Library

Today I taught a soldering class at the library. Using Hakko soldering stations to put together a Sparkfun Weevil Eye kit, the class learned the basics of electronics soldering by building a printed circuit board (PCB) kit. They were a good group of people and quick learners. Everybody’s kit worked the first time! A fun time was had by all.

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-Steve

 

Makerspaces: The Gizmo Dojo’s Kickstarter Campaign

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The Gizmo Dojo, a local Broomfield makerspace has launched a Kickstarter campaign.

Serving the Broomfield/North Denver area, the Gizmo Dojo is a non-profit makerspace whose goal is to offer community space for makers, tinkerers, thinkers, artists, entrepreneurs, and innovators of all backgrounds and ages. The group endeavors to offer a  space filled with tools which might not normally accessible. They offer classes which encourage learning through doing including: robotics, textiles, woodworking, electronics, metal working, computer science, chain maille, 3D printing, crafts, backyard forging and anything else which can be imagined.

If you can envision it, the Gizmo Dojo wants to be able to give you the space, knowledge and tools to make it happen. The Kickstarter campaign will give them the necessary funds to enable members to create.

Click here to check out their Kickstarter campaign: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/thegizmodojo/the-gizmo-dojo

Currently, the group meets on Mondays at the Mamie Doud Eisenhower Public Library in the Discovery Lab at 7:00pm. Come by and check them out.

-Steve