Category Archives: Courses

Photos from: Soldering 101/Learn to Build a Radio

Recently VHS member Logan lead a very successful workshop teaching the basics of soldering and how to build a radio! Attendees had a great time learning the ins and outs of using a soldering station, making good solder joints, the purpose of different types of components and how to read an electrical schematic. All equipment and supplies were provided by VHS.

This workshop proved to be very popular and sold out quickly. If you’re interested in building a radio like this, let us know.  Hopefully we’ll be able to have another radio workshop in the future. Thank you and congrats Logan! And thanks to everyone who attended. We hope to see you back at the space soon.

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DIY Portable Bluetooth Boom Box Workshop

DIY Bluetooth Boom Box Workshop. Open to all ages.

This workshop will provide you will all the materials to put together your own bluetooth boom box!

Do you dream of being able to hear your music loudly, clearly and through a laser cut wooden boom box you’ve made yourself. Do you crave a a richer musical experience that you can take with you, then this workshop is for you!

During the workshop we will be discussing the design and process involved in creating this Boom Box as well as assembling your own Boom Box to take home.

When:
7pm – 8:30pm Monday 23rd Novemeber

Where:
The Vancouver Hackspace,
1715 Cook Street #104, Vancouver, BC, Canada

Who:

The workshop is open to non VHS member. VHS members receive a discount on the fees.

Note: If you are a minor, a parent or guardian will need to sign a liability waiver for you and accompany you while you are at the workshop.

Equipment
You must bring yourself. A phone with bluetooth to rock out is optional.

Parts included with the workshop
These parts are included and used for the workshop, and are yours to take home:

1 x Bluetooth Audio amplifier

2 x speakers

1 x Laser cut wooden case

1 x USB rechargeable battery pack w/battery

1 x micro USB cable

Sign up here: https://www.picatic.com/event14480026141631631#/

Upcoming Class: Beginners Sketchup


Okay way overdue for another Sketchup class. So Oct 22, 2015 @ VHS “Intro to Sketchup 3D. focus on 3D Printing”

This class will give you a crash course on the free version of SketchUp Make. (Formally known as Google SketchUp).
And as the title implies we will only be focusing on the tools you need to create models that are intended to be printed on one of our (or your own) 3D printers.
We will not be talking about how to actually print any models. That’s for another class.
VHS does run an introduction to our 3D printers. Where your shown how to take the model from your screen to the printer.
Its a requirement to take for those wishing to use VHS’s 3D printers and have not had any experience before.

Tickets can be purchased here @ Eventbrite.
Funds raised will go towards something useful for VHS or perhaps 50Kg of discount candy from Halloween. We’d find that useful, no?

The Class will officially run from 7pm-9:30pm(unofficially till my voice gives out or the last person leaves :)
From 7pm-7:30pm will be a complete noobs introduction to 3D models. So if you have no idea how 3D computer models work you’ll want to start with this.
From 7::30 and onward will be all about SketchUp.
I will talk about a couple very useful or necessary plugins. Copies of SketchUp and the plugins will be available on CD.

This is a repeat of the same class I had last year. In case anyone who participated wants a free review please send me an message on talk.

For those with 3D modeling experience but looking for more insight on designing for 3D printing. There will be a new class sometime start of Nov.
Those who get through this class and get some practice in before the 2nd class will find the 2nd class a good follow up.The 2nd Class I will use SketchUp to demonstrate a lot of the design concepts, but you don’t have to have Sketchup experience. This knowledge will be applicable to any program.
Like Solidworks, Rhino, Blender, etc.

Workshop: Lighting With Arduino, Sunday, October 25th, Noon – 5 PM

Have you been interested in Arduino microcontrollers? Don’t know where to start?
This workshop will teach you all the basics while you build a small project.

At the end of this workshop you will go home with an Arduino controlling a color changing LED strip.

Included in the workshops fees is a full Arduino starter kit. This includes an Arduino, color changing LED strip, knobs, buttons, and more.

This is an intro course, no previous Arduino or programing experience is needed or expected.

What is an Arduino?
An Arduino board is an open-source, easy-to-use device that enables makers, students, hobbyists, artists, programmers, and professionals to make their projects come to life. If you can imagine it, you can build it with an arduino.

What makes Arduino so great?

  • Inexpensive – Arduino boards are relatively inexpensive compared to other microcontroller platforms. The least expensive version of the Arduino module can be assembled by hand, and even the pre-assembled Arduino modules cost less than $50
    Cross-platform – The Arduino Software runs on Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux.
    Simple, clear programming environment – The Arduino Software is easy-to-use for beginners, yet flexible enough for advanced users to take advantage of as well.

Where:
The Vancouver Hackspace,
1715 Cook Street #104, Vancouver, BC, Canada

When
Sunday, October 25th, 2015
12:00 Noon – 5 pm

Who:
Limit of ~10 people, RSVP on eventbrite.
The workshop is open to non VHS member.
VHS members receive a discount on the fees.

Note: If you are a minor, a parent or guardian will need to sign a liability waiver for you and accompany you while you are at the workshop.

Equipment
You must bring your own laptop (Windows or Mac)

Parts included with the workshop
These parts are included and used for the workshop, and are yours to take home:

Helpful links

KiCad Summer Nights

Interested in KiCad? Join us for any or all of our four weekly KiCad nights and we’ll all work together on designing schematics, picking part footprints and laying out boards! This will be a cooperative workgroup experience, not an instructor led workshop.

Who: Anyone with an interest in KiCad and a computer it might run on. Novices and experts welcome.

When: Wednesday nights, 7:30 PM to 10:30 PM (or so), July 29, Aug 5, Aug 12, and Aug 19.

Where: VHS, 104-1715 Cook St Vancouver, BC V5Y 3J6

Questions? Join us on our forum/mailing list.

 

Workshop: Silicon Molds & Resin Casting

What:

Ever wanted to make a copy of something you’ve got? Got some props you’d like to make some durable copies for when you go to the San Diego Comic Con? Or maybe you’ve got a sculpture you’d like to sell some copies of.

I’m going to be putting on a workshop at the Vancouver Hackspace ( VHS ), teaching you how to make a mold and how to do a resin cast. When you’re done you’ll have a mold you can use to make more castings, as well as your first resin casting!

The cost of the workshop will be going entirely towards purchasing the silicone, resin, and mold-making supplies. Because there will be a finite amount of silicone and resin on hand, I ask that people bring smaller items — preferably something that can fit into a box that’s 216 cubic inches. That’s a 6 x 6 x 6 inch box, or roughly a 8 x 8 x 3.5 inch box. If you’ve got something bigger that you’d like to do a mold of, let me know beforehand — we might be able to figure something out.

If you’ve got something that you’ve 3d printed and would like to make a mold of, let me know beforehand — it takes a few hours for the epoxy coating to set, so you’ll have to get the part to me before the workshop. If you’d like to have something 3d printed for you, contact me and I can try to print it for you before the workshop.

Where
The Vancouver Hackspace
1715 #104 Cook street, Vancouver, BC, Canada

When
Saturday, April 25th, 2015 @ 2pm

Who
Anyone and everyone is welcome. If you are younger than 18 please bring your parent or guardian with you

There will be a $30 workshop fee.
Please RSVP on Picatic

Feb 12th Workshop: Soldering for Beginners

Illustration by J.L. Martin

Cost: Only $3 (payable on the night)
Experience level: beginner
Class Size: 10 people
Date: Thursday feb 12th
Time: 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Where: VHS, 1715 Cook Street, Buzzer #104
Sign up: RSVP to reserve a spot

Come down and learn to solder or to brush up on your soldering skills for future workshops. You’ll learn the basics of through-hole soldering with the Soldering is Easy comic book and build your very own flashing LED VHS badge.  No previous soldering experience required!

Feb 12th Workshop: Soldering for Beginners

Build this at VHS!

 

 

December 6, 2014 Class: Programming 101 with Arduino and LEDs

What
Learn the basics of programming AND a bit about Arduino AND feel the dopamine rush of making electric rainbow colored fire light!

We’ll be using the same kind of lights that are in one panel of our giant wall of LEDs. That’s 64 LEDs. If you already have the LEDs and power supply from our group buy then you can attend for free.

When
December 6, 2014 (Saturday) @ 13:00. See your job for registration deadline.

Who
Anyone! You? YOU. Max 10 people.

Where
VHS main room

How
…much: $75 for the LEDs + power supply you get to keep! $30 Arduino UNOs are available from the vending machine.
If you already have the LEDs and power supply from our group buy then you can attend for free.

…long: 2-3h, based on interest.

Your job
RSVP to this thread so people can count how many spaces are left.
Register on or before November 12, 2014.
Contact Dan through https://www.marginallyclever.com to pay for the parts and complete your registration. If you already have all the parts, you can attend for free.

You must provide your own laptop and a USB A to B cable.

November 1, 2014 Class: Programming 101 with Arduino and LEDs

What
Learn the basics of programming AND a bit about Arduino AND feel the dopamine rush of making electric rainbow colored fire light!

We’ll be using the same kind of lights that are in one panel of our giant wall of LEDs4. That’s 64 LEDs. If you already have the LEDs and power supply from our group buy then you can attend for free.

When
November 1, 2014 (Saturday) @ 13:00. See your job for registration deadline.

Who
Anyone! You? YOU. Max 10 people.

Where
VHS main room

How
…much: $75 for the LEDs + power supply you get to keep! $30 Arduino UNOs are available from the vending machine.
If you already have the LEDs and power supply from our group buy then you can attend for free.

…long: 2-3h, based on interest.

Your job
RSVP to this thread so people can count how many spaces are left.
Register on or before November 25, 2014.
Contact dan through https://www.marginallyclever.com to register.

You must provide your own laptop and a USB cable.