Class Ideas

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Here are some ideas for classes that we think the Freeside community would love -

Electronics and Microcontrollers

There are a lot of great electronics resources at Freeside, but sometimes people need a review of the basics to get started. Students can pay for the class and/or materials for the following topics:

  • Basic Electronics + Soldering
  • ICs and Oscilloscopes
  • Electromagnetism and Circuit Design
  • Arduino 101
  • Arduino for Data Logging / Ethernet
  • Raspberry Pi 101
  • Raspberry Pi Servers!
  • XBMC on Raspberry Pi (RasPi Media Center)
  • TI MSP-430 101
  • JeeNode, Ninja Blocks, BeagleBone, NETduino, etc...
  • Fun with Analog and Digital LEDs

2D and 3D modeling

Lots of interest in this stuff lately...

  • Intro to 3D Printing
  • Using the Laser Cutter
  • OpenSCAD, 123D Design, etc... CAD basics
  • 3D Scanning with the (whatever) device
  • Prototyping with 3D Printing!

Design and Production

Getting the message out and sharing your creations with the world! This is a pretty mixed bag, but it's hard to neatly categorize this stuff so this is what we came up with...

  • Basics of Web Design / UX
  • Ways to think about Product Design
  • Intro to Screenwriting
  • Podcasting on a Budget
  • Editing your Podcasts using (whatever) software
  • Arduino-controlled Camera Mounts
  • DIY Steadicam

Woodworking, Machinery, and Metalworking

Hands-on classes that are more likely to be smaller in size and more expensive. Includes a shop safety section at the beginning.

  • Intro to Machining
  • Intro to Woodworking
  • Intro to Mold Making
  • Intro to Blacksmithing
  • Quick and Dirty Design - for Artwork and Prototyping
  • Cosplay Shop Class
  • Automotive Maintenance and Repair
  • Electric motors and how to use them
  • How gas engines work