Electronic & Technical Arts Classes

    • Saturday, June 03, 2023
    • 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • ETA Studio, Class Code: EL060323DS
    • 8
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    Designed as a user's guide to BARN's Electronic & Technical Arts (ETA) Studio, this free orientation is highly recommended for all studio participants.

    About this Class

    You will learn everything from studio etiquette and policies to an overview of what the studio has, and where it all is. 

    You'll get to see the 3D printers, laser cutter, soldering station, hand tools, and more. Overall BARN policies as well as studio-specific ones also will be covered.

    You'll also learn about the leadership structure within ETA and about opportunities to help everything run smoothly. Volunteer jobs range range from serving as studio monitors to helping with studio maintenance.

    This event takes place in person in the ETA Studio.

    Class Policies

    Contact: [email protected]

    • Sunday, June 04, 2023
    • 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
    • BARN Great Room. Class Code: EL060423HC
    • 36
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    The inherent risks to national security posed by most satellites and how to mitigate them is the focus of this discussion. 

    About this Event

    In the early years of space exploration, it took large and heavy components to perform most tasks. That necessitated large and expensive rockets, which in turn necessitated designs with long
    lifespans. After a trillion dollars of research went into developing the smart phone, however, suddenly it was feasible to build satellites as small a bottle of wine that could perform useful tasks.

    Suddenly, everyone from the local high school science team to venture capital-funded startups could finance, design, build, launch, and operate satellites. If satellites and their rewards are available to all, then so, too, are the risks they carry. The risks include cyber compromise, and risks to national security. This discussion centers around those risks and how to mitigate them while, paradoxically, improving market conditions.

    Details

    • Free, but please register. 
    • This event is planned for BARN's Great Room on the upper floor.

    Class Policies

    Instructor

    Harrison Caudill
    • Tuesday, June 06, 2023
    • Thursday, June 08, 2023
    • 2 sessions
    • BARN ETA & Woodworking studios, Class Code: WO+ETA060623AE
    • 0
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    Learn the basic features of VCarve Pro, a popular program used to make signs, engravings, intricate inlays and imported 3D shapes and models on computer-controlled routers.

    About this Class

    VCarve Pro is easier to learn than Fusion 360, the other 3D design program taught at BARN, and can be used for projects on both the large CNC router in the Woodworking Studio and the small CNC router in the ETA Lab.

    Session 1 is in the ETA studio so you can use the VCarve Pro software to design an 8x16" sign and prototype your design on ETA's laser cutter. In session 2, we meet in the Woodworking Studio to carve it on the CNC router.

    Please note: To take this class, you need a laptop computer with a mouse and a working copy of VCarve Pro 11 already downloaded to that computer (you can download a free trial at www.vectric.com). The software requires a PC or a MAC that has Windows installed. There is no time during class to download the program. If you have questions or run into problems downloading the program, please email the instructor for help. If you don't have a laptop you can bring to class, you may use an ETA Studio desktop computer with the software already loaded.

    Details

    • Open to students 14+ of all levels.
    • Please click here for BARN's current COVID-19 health & safety protocols. 
    • BARN is committed to accessibility. Tuition Assistance is available - click here to fill out the simple application before registering for a class. For those who might need physical assistance, please learn about BARN's Companion Program here.

    Instructor

    Al Ebken - Al is a retired ocean engineer with many years of computer and computer-aided design experience. In the picture, he's using the Woodworking Studio's CNC router to make parts for face shields to protect against coronavirus infection.

    • Saturday, June 10, 2023
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Electronic & Technical Arts Studio, Class Code: EL061023RG
    • 5
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    Get introduced to 3D printing by seeing BARN's printers up close and gain an understanding of how they work.

    About This Class

    See a computer file get readied for printing in a process called "slicing."
    See our different printers and learn about filament, the material 3D printers use to make prints.

    You will start a print and see the printer actually print.

    3D printing has many uses, ranging from practical to fun, such as replacement parts, mold-making, medical models used in surgery, prototypes, and more.  

    Bring your curiosity and questions. You can continue to use the 3D printers during open studio times when a studio monitor or other member can help you.

    Materials

    Optional: Bring a laptop with PrusaSlicer, a software tool for 3D printing, installed.

    Class Policies

    Instructor

    Rick Gordon

    • Sunday, June 11, 2023
    • 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
    • The Electronic & Technical Arts Studio. Class Code: EL061123MS+
    • 7
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    Hear about Tech Lab's newest 3D printer capabilities as it gets closer to being available for general use by members.

    About this Event

    Ralph and Mike will talk about the printer's capabilities and what you need to know to start using it for your own projects.

    This printer, which we call "The Mark4,"  has a larger capacity and faster printing speeds than the lab's fleet of Prusa printers. This community project began more than three years ago and we are ready to get more people to help get it through its beta testing. We'll talk about the requirements for slicing your model, walk everyone through the steps needed with the printer's touch screen user interface, and share tips and tricks.

    Details

    • Free, but please register. 
    • This event is planned for the ETA Studio on the upper floor.

    Class Policies

    Instructor

    Mike Schremp - Mike teaches our LightBurn software class and also enjoys talking about Fusion 360, mechanical design, home-brewing, and Python for FORTRAN programmers.

    Ralph McCotter - Retired electrical engineer after supporting submarine electrical systems troubleshooting, overhaul and upgrade for 32 years. Marine electrician, amateur radio operator (KI7BB) and Ford truck enthusiast. Four year plus BARN member.

    • Tuesday, June 13, 2023
    • Thursday, June 15, 2023
    • 2 sessions
    • BARN ETA & Woodworking studios, Class Code: WO+ETA061323AE
    • 2
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    Learn the basic features of VCarve Pro, a popular program used to make signs, engravings, intricate inlays and imported 3D shapes and models on computer-controlled routers.

    About this Class

    VCarve Pro is easier to learn than Fusion 360, the other 3D design program taught at BARN, and can be used for projects on both the large CNC router in the Woodworking Studio and the small CNC router in the ETA Lab.

    Session 1 is in the ETA studio so you can use the VCarve Pro software to design an 8x16" sign and prototype your design on ETA's laser cutter. In session 2, we meet in the Woodworking Studio to carve it on the CNC router.

    Please note: To take this class, you need a laptop computer with a mouse and a working copy of VCarve Pro 11 already downloaded to that computer (you can download a free trial at www.vectric.com). The software requires a PC or a MAC that has Windows installed. There is no time during class to download the program. If you have questions or run into problems downloading the program, please email the instructor for help. If you don't have a laptop you can bring to class, you may use an ETA Studio desktop computer with the software already loaded.

    Details

    • Open to students 14+ of all levels.
    • Please click here for BARN's current COVID-19 health & safety protocols. 
    • BARN is committed to accessibility. Tuition Assistance is available - click here to fill out the simple application before registering for a class. For those who might need physical assistance, please learn about BARN's Companion Program here.

    Instructor

    Al Ebken - Al is a retired ocean engineer with many years of computer and computer-aided design experience. In the picture, he's using the Woodworking Studio's CNC router to make parts for face shields to protect against coronavirus infection.

    • Saturday, June 17, 2023
    • 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    • BARN ETA Studio, Class Code EL061723NA
    • 0
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    Learn how to safely operate BARN’s laser cutter, make a small item, and start qualifying to use the cutter independently.

    About this Class

    This workshop is the first step toward becoming qualified for independent operation of the laser cutter. It also prepares you for more advanced laser cutting classes.

    Learn how to prep a design for cutting and engraving as well as the set-up, settings, and operation of the laser cutter.

    Details

    • Bring a laptop with Inkscape installed (Inkscape is a free design software we use with the laser cutter). There are versions for Windows, Mac OS and Linux.
    • If you don't have a laptop you can bring to class, email [email protected] as BARN may be able to provide an alternative.
    • Class is limited to four students.

    Class Policies

    Instructor

    Nathan Abell

    Contact: Doug Salot at [email protected]

    • Saturday, June 17, 2023
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • BARN ETA Studio, Class Code EL061723NA
    • 6
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    Learn basic concepts around soldering electronics.

    About this Class

    Basic concepts around through-hole hand soldering, leading to assembly of a simple electronic kit, are covered in this class for people with no experience.

    Class Policies

    Instructor

    Nathan Abell teaches our laser-cutter class and enjoys advanced 3D printing, soldering, circuit design, electronic test equipment, and making lockpicks.

    Contact: Doug Salot: [email protected]

    • Sunday, June 18, 2023
    • 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Electronic & Technical Arts Studio at BARN. Class Code: EL061823JH+
    • 11
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    Learn how to listen to and record marine mammals in your area in this marine mammal Special Interest Group.

    About this Event

    As a follow-up to the Marine Mammals tech talk, Jim Henderson and Dave Bonnett will describe how the local community can collect data in their own backyard - Puget Sound - using hydrophones with wireless data transmitters.

    For more information on this Marine Mammal project, read more here.

    Details

    • Free, but please register. 
    • This event is planned for the Electronic & Technical Arts Studio on the upper floor.

    Class Policies

    Instructor

    Jim Henderson spent his civilian career exploring the world’s oceans while doing highly complex technical and scientific projects. He was an Air Force pilot in Vietnam where he had is first opportunity talking on radios. He has built various radio-related projects for use when fly fishing and exploring remote locations in the western US. He is active in HAM radio (K7EXP) and is a trustee of the island's Amateur Radio Club.

    Dave Bonnett trained in electronics and flew as crew Radioman/Nav and ASW systems operator in long-range patrol squadrons. He served on a number of nuclear submarines before retiring from the Navy in 1979 and has worked in underwater acoustics in most of the world's oceans for several companies.  Since retirement in 2005, he has studied marine mammals in the Amazon (Pink River Dolphins) and helped analyze the acoustics of various marine mammals including blue, sperm, and killer whales. He's studying the impact of man-made noise on marine mammals. 

    • Tuesday, June 20, 2023
    • Wednesday, June 21, 2023
    • 2 sessions
    • BARN Electronic and Techinical Arts Studio, Class Code: EL062023JF
    • 2
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    Learn Fusion 360, a 3-D design program that lets you turn designs into items made of metal, wood, plastic, or molds.

    About this Class

    Fusion 360 can generate G-codes (geometric codes) for computer-controlled tools at BARN including the plasma cutter in the Welding and Sheet Metal Shop, the milling machine in the Machine Shop, or the CNC router in the Woodworking Studio. You can also use Fusion 360 to design objects for BARN's 3-D printers. 

    This two-session class is designed to allow you to work with the program after the first session and get help with roadblocks or answers to your questions during the second session. Allow time between sessions to work on your project, which you will get at the first session. A learning reference guide will be provided on the techniques covered in the class, including: 

    • Basic design concepts
    • Step-by-step creation of a CAD design
    • Additional learning resources so you can fast-track your proficiency in Fusion

    Materials

    You must bring a laptop computer with a mouse and a working copy of Fusion 360 already downloaded. This is critical as no computers are provided, and the design program does not work well with a trackpad. There is no time during class to download the program.

    You can download a free trial directly from Fusion. Click "Get started" under the column "Fusion 360 for Personal Use." It will walk you through the process including creating an account and a confirmation email.

    Class Policies

    Instructor

    Jeremy Foster, a software engineer at Microsoft and a maker at heart, has been designing and making "things" for the Internet of Things for more than a decade. Formerly on the Fusion 360 team's Advisory Board, Jeremy tries to stay current on everything Fusion 360 has to offer hackers and makers like us.

    • Saturday, June 24, 2023
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • BARN ETA Studio, Class Code: EL062423MS
    • 3
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    Learn the basic features of this essential engraving and cutting software that controls both our newer laser machines.

    About this Class

    You’ll use this software whether you’re quickly cutting out some parts for your project or fine-tuning a complex etching. LightBurn software replaces RetinaEngrave, which you may have used previously. This class will get you started and help you implement your own creative laser designs.

    Who should take this class? Those who have taken Intro to the Laser Cutter on the Full Spectrum Laser, but want to get up and running with our new laser cutters; those who have taken Intro to the Laser Cutter on the new lasers and are ready to see how to get more from LightBurn; those who have used Inkscape and RetinaEngrave with the FSL but didn't like the software; and those who love using Inkscape and RetinaEngrave and want to learn how LightBurn fits into your workflow.

    The class covers the basics of LightBurn in the laser cutter workflow. It also covers setting laser parameters for cutting and engraving, importing your designs, vector graphics (line art) vs. raster graphics (pixel art), manipulating shapes and tuning images, using the laser libraries, and previewing your work.

    Details

    • This class is not a substitute for Intro to the Laser Cutter.
    • Class size is limited to six.
    • Bring a laptop with LightBurn already loaded.
    • Instructor requests that students wear masks.


    Prerequisites

    Laser 101: Intro to Laser Cutter Operations. Log in to your BARN account and click on "My event registrations" to ensure you have completed the required prerequisites before you register for this class.

    Class Policies

    Instructor

    Mike Schrempp is enjoying retirement after 39 years in the design and development of computers. He’s done product development, mechanical part design, engineering management, and architected servers used in big data centers at Amazon and Microsoft. Now he enjoys making things - from wood, plastic, metal, food, and Python code - and showing others some of the tricks he’s learned along the way.

    • Sunday, June 25, 2023
    • 1:00 PM - 4:30 PM
    • ETA Studio, Class Code: EL062523MC
    • 0
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    Come build your own state-of-the-art electromechanical ferry-tracking apparatus!

    About this Class

    FerryClock is a self-setting analog wall clock with additional dials and lights to indicate the real-time position, heading, and docking status of the two Bainbridge-Seattle ferryboats (additional routes coming soon). It should prove ferry useful in your own home. 

    From a kit, we will assemble, wire, and solder the gadgets. At home, you will ‘launch’ your FerryClock by connecting it to your wireless network (internet). 

    How does it work? A proprietary algorithm (conceived by a member of the Bainbridge High School robotics team the Spartronics) running in the cloud continually compares the up-to-the-minute (every 15 seconds) latitude/longitude (GPS) location of a real ferryboat (via the Washington State Ferries API) against a reference path to generate a precise sailing progress value. A small, Arduino-compatible microcontroller within FerryClock connects to the FERRY TEMPO server over WiFi to receive fresh data, controlling the lights and motors accordingly.

    Materials

    A materials kit fee of $125 is included in the cost of the class. It includes  laser-cut parts, motors, lights, wires, hardware, microcontroller, USB cable, "atomic" clock mechanism, hands, battery, and literature.

    Class Policies

    Instructor

    Matt Carrig is a multi-disciplinary designer. Read more about Ferries Over Winslow.

    • Tuesday, June 27, 2023
    • Wednesday, June 28, 2023
    • 2 sessions
    • BARN Electronic and Techinical Arts Studio, Class Code: EL062723JF
    • 5
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    Unlock your Fusion 360 potential with our Intermediate Fusion 360 course!

    About this Class

    If you have no Fusion 360 experience at all, you’ll be fine, but this course is designed to take the novice to the next level.

    You'll dive into foundational, intermediate sketch concepts like constraints, dimensions, projections, and inclusions to create precise and efficient designs. You’ll master intermediate modeling techniques with a strong emphasis on parametric design, empowering you to create complex and adaptable models. You’ll learn how to design parts that interface perfectly with existing hardware, parts, or things around the house. And you’ll bring your designs to life by exploring the basics of materials, rendering, joints, and animations and by preparing them for 3D printing.

    Join us on this exciting journey to expand your Fusion 360 expertise and bring your ideas to reality.

    Materials

    You must bring a laptop computer with a mouse and a working copy of Fusion 360 already downloaded. This is critical as no computers are provided, and the design program does not work well with a trackpad. There will not be time during class to download the program.

    You can download a free trial directly from Fusion. Click "Get started" under the column "Fusion 360 for Personal Use." It will walk you through the process including creating an account and a confirmation email.

    Prerequisite

    Intro to Fusion 360 CAD or equivalent.

    Class Policies

    Instructor

    Jeremy Foster, a software engineer at Microsoft and a maker at heart, has been designing and making "things" for the Internet of Things for more than a decade. Formerly on the Fusion 360 team's Advisory Board, Jeremy tries to stay current on everything Fusion 360 has to offer hackers and makers like us.

    • Saturday, July 01, 2023
    • 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • ETA Studio, Class Code: EL070123DS
    • 10
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    Designed as a user's guide to BARN's Electronic & Technical Arts (ETA) Studio, this free orientation is highly recommended for all studio participants.

    About this Class

    You will learn everything from studio etiquette and policies to an overview of what the studio has, and where it all is. 

    You'll get to see the 3D printers, laser cutter, soldering station, hand tools, and more. Overall BARN policies as well as studio-specific ones also will be covered.

    You'll also learn about the leadership structure within ETA and about opportunities to help everything run smoothly. Volunteer jobs range range from serving as studio monitors to helping with studio maintenance.

    This event takes place in person in the ETA Studio.

    Class Policies

    Contact: [email protected]

    • Monday, July 10, 2023
    • Thursday, July 13, 2023
    • 4 sessions
    • BARN Electronic & Technical Arts Studio, Class Code EL071023CH
    • 2
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    Students learn to create and code their own robotic critter made out of cardboard, paint, and other common materials.

    About this Class

    Full STEAM ahead! In this class, students  combine art and technology to make critters (real or imagined) out of common materials like cardboard, paint, and paper. They bring them to life through coding, motors, lights, and a variety of components. The class begins by introducing the robotics kits they will be using - micro:bit and Hummingbird Bit. We explore the different components, how to use them, and code them using block-coding applications like MakeCode. Then they learn different cardboard building techniques and mechanisms that can be used for their creations.

    Details

    • For students ages 10-14.
    • Skill Level: Beginner
    • Registration closes on Wednesday, July 5.
    • When you register your youth, enter their name in the Youth's Name field and enter the parent/guardian email address for "registrants email." All reminders and important information will go to that email address.
    • Complete and return this minor permission form.
    • Please click here to register youth for an optional supervised lunch hour from 12-1 pm for the week of this class.
    • A materials fee of $2 is included in the price of the class, and all materials will be provided. Students may bring some of their own materials (see below).

    Project

      Students will create a critter out of cardboard and other common materials, paint it, and code it to move by adding motors, lights, and/or sensors.

          Materials

          To keep the costs of the class down, robotics kits will be provided for use during class time and will be returned to the instructor at the end of the week.

          Students can bring their own devices from home like laptops (Mac or PC), Chromebooks, or Bluetooth-enabled tablets. Or they can use the computers at BARN, but availability is limited. Even though they will be wearing a protective gown, it is still recommended that students not wear clothes they'll mind getting paint on.

          Prerequisites

          None

          Class Policies

          Instructor

          Cecilia Olivera-Hillway is an artist and maker who loves combining art and technology. Her career in education has included positions like Educational Technology Specialist and Maker Space Associate. Her work with electronics has been featured on the Make: website and their YouTube channel, won awards at Instructables.com, and been featured on the DesignSpark website. You can visit her website at: www.cohillway.com  

          • Monday, July 10, 2023
          • Thursday, July 13, 2023
          • 4 sessions
          • BARN Electronic & Technical Arts Studio, Class Code EL071023CH2
          • 4
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          Students choose a character and a scene for them, and bring it to life with a microcontroller, motors, lights, and code.

          About this Class

          Full STEAM ahead! In this class, students combine art and technology to make a character and then build a scene around it out of everyday materials like cardboard, paint, and paper. They bring them to life through coding, motors, lights, and a variety of components.

          The class begins by introducing the microcontroller and add-on boards students will be using: micro:bit and the Makey:bit. We explore different components like motors and lights, how to use them, and code them using a block-coding application called MakeCode.

          As a class, we’ll decide on a theme for our projects (e.g. movie characters, things I like, famous people). We’ll talk about how to design a costume or “skin” for the Makey:bit.

          Then we learn different cardboard building techniques and mechanisms that can be used to create a scene around the chosen character.

          Details

          • For students ages 10-14.
          • Skill Level: Beginner
          • Registration closes Wednesday, July 5.
          • When you register your youth, enter their name in the Youth's Name field and enter the parent/guardian email address for "registrants email." All reminders and important information will go to that email address.
          • Complete and return this minor permission form.
          • Please click here to register youth for an optional supervised lunch hour from 12-1 pm for the week of this class.
          • A materials fee of $2 is included in the price of the class and covers all materials. Students can bring some materials of their own (see below).

          Project

            Students will choose a character real or fictional and "dress up" the Makey:bit (the board that will control everything) as the character by creating a costume for it. They will build a scene that makes sense for that character and add motors, lights, and more to bring that scene to life and code it.

                Materials

                To keep the costs of the class down, robotics kits will be provided for use during class time and will be returned to the instructor at the end of the week.

                We recommend students bring their own devices from home like laptops (Mac or PC), Chromebooks, or Bluetooth-enabled tablets. Or they can use the computers at BARN, but availability is limited. Even though they will be wearing a protective gown, it is still recommended that students not wear clothes they'll mind getting paint on.

                Prerequisites

                None

                Class Policies

                Instructor

                Cecilia Olivera-Hillway is an artist and maker who loves combining art and technology. Her career in education has included positions like Educational Technology Specialist and Maker Space Associate. Her work with electronics has been featured on the Make: website and their YouTube channel, won awards at Instructables.com, and been featured on the DesignSpark website. You can visit her website at: www.cohillway.com  

                • Monday, July 10, 2023
                • Thursday, July 13, 2023
                • 4 sessions
                • BARN Woodworking Studio, Class Code WO071023CFG+DS
                • 0
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                Assemble a classic Fender-style electric guitar, give it your own custom finish, and string it up so it's ready to play.

                About this Class

                You will begin by learning about the components of an electric guitar and how modern electric guitars are made using computer-aided design and manufacturing tools. A finishing expert will explain various approaches that you can use on your guitar, and a woodworking instructor will help you design and build the stand. To ensure you go home with a working guitar, you will start with a precision-cut body, pre-cut neck and headstock, and solderless electronics. You will need to do final sanding on the parts, decide what finish you want, and create any special effects, such as a decal if you want to add a custom logo to the headstock. You will have a variety of paints and stains from which to choose. The final finish will be a clear, glossy, oil-based coating that you can rub to get a satin finish if you wish.

                Details

                • For students ages 12-18.
                • Skill Level: Beginner
                • Registration closes on Monday, July 3.
                • A$137 materials fee, included in the cost of the class, covers a kit with all components needed for your guitar, including tuners, pickups, bridge, strings, and other hardware, as well as an array of finishing materials and shop supplies.
                • When you register your youth, enter their name in the Youth's Name field and enter the parent/guardian email address for "registrants email." All reminders and important information will go to that email address.
                • Complete and return this minor permission form.
                • You may register your youth for an optional supervised lunch hour from 12-1 pm for the duration of this class.
                • You must wear closed-toe shoes.

                Class Policies

                Instructor

                Doug Salot and Carol Fiedler Kawaguchi - Doug, who heads BARN's Electronic & Technical Arts Studio, started playing the guitar more than a decade ago and occasionally tries to distract himself by building guitars and ukuleles. He studied instrument building with local luthier Alan Simcoe. Carol is a professional woodworker who specializes in furniture restoration and refinishing. She is on the Woodworking Studio's steering committee and teaches finishing classes, and others, at BARN.


                • Tuesday, July 11, 2023
                • Wednesday, July 12, 2023
                • 2 sessions
                • BARN Electronic and Techinical Arts Studio, Class Code: EL071123JF
                • 8
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                Take your design skills even further with a heavy emphasis on what Fusion 360 calls the “Form environment.”

                About this Class

                In this third and final installment of of our Fusion 360 training series, you'll explore the Form environment, which lets you shape your models using T-splines. T-splines are far more flexible and powerful than basic (BRep) solid modeling. With it, you have the power to make more organic shapes like an ergonomic computer peripheral, a spoon, or a curvy race car.

                You also will see the mesh and plastic environments, get more instruction on joints and animations, play with extensions and scripts - including using ChatGPT to write your scripts for you! - and get an introduction to generative design.

                The course balances lecture and hands-on practice with real-world object design and ensures that you'll emerge with enhanced design capabilities and a more intuitive understanding of the design process using Fusion 360.

                Materials

                You must bring a laptop computer with a mouse and a working copy of Fusion 360 already downloaded. This is critical as no computers are provided, and the design program does not work well with a trackpad. There will not be time to download the program during class.

                You can download a free trial directly from Fusion. Click "Get started" under the column "Fusion 360 for Personal Use." It will walk you through the process including creating an account and a confirmation email.

                Prerequisite

                Intermediate Fusion 360 CAD or equivalent.

                Class Policies

                Instructor

                Jeremy Foster, a software engineer at Microsoft and a maker at heart, has been designing and making "things" for the Internet of Things for more than a decade. Formerly on the Fusion 360 team's Advisory Board, Jeremy tries to stay current on everything Fusion 360 has to offer hackers and makers like us.

                • Saturday, July 15, 2023
                • 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM
                • BARN ETA Studio, Class Code EL071523NA
                • 4
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                Learn how to safely operate BARN’s laser cutter, make a small item, and start qualifying to use the cutter independently.

                About this Class

                This workshop is the first step toward becoming qualified for independent operation of the laser cutter. It also prepares you for more advanced laser cutting classes.

                Learn how to prep a design for cutting and engraving as well as the set-up, settings, and operation of the laser cutter.

                Details

                • Bring a laptop with Inkscape installed (Inkscape is a free design software we use with the laser cutter). There are versions for Windows, Mac OS and Linux.
                • If you don't have a laptop you can bring to class, email [email protected] as BARN may be able to provide an alternative.
                • Class is limited to four students.

                Class Policies

                Instructor

                Nathan Abell

                Contact: Doug Salot at [email protected]

                • Saturday, July 15, 2023
                • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
                • BARN ETA Studio, Class Code EL071523NA
                • 6
                Register

                Learn basic concepts around soldering electronics.

                About this Class

                Basic concepts around through-hole hand soldering, leading to assembly of a simple electronic kit, are covered in this class for people with no experience.

                Class Policies

                Instructor

                Nathan Abell teaches our laser-cutter class and enjoys advanced 3D printing, soldering, circuit design, electronic test equipment, and making lockpicks.

                Contact: Doug Salot: [email protected]

                • Sunday, July 16, 2023
                • 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
                • Electronic & Technical Arts Studio at BARN. Class Code: EL071623JH+
                • 12
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                Learn how to listen to and record marine mammals in your area in this marine mammal Special Interest Group.

                About this Event

                As a follow-up to the Marine Mammals tech talk, Jim Henderson and Dave Bonnett will describe how the local community can collect data in their own backyard - Puget Sound - using hydrophones with wireless data transmitters.

                For more information on this Marine Mammal project, read more here.

                Details

                • Free, but please register. 
                • This event is planned for the Electronic & Technical Arts Studio on the upper floor.

                Class Policies

                Instructor

                Jim Henderson spent his civilian career exploring the world’s oceans while doing highly complex technical and scientific projects. He was an Air Force pilot in Vietnam where he had is first opportunity talking on radios. He has built various radio-related projects for use when fly fishing and exploring remote locations in the western US. He is active in HAM radio (K7EXP) and is a trustee of the island's Amateur Radio Club.

                Dave Bonnett trained in electronics and flew as crew Radioman/Nav and ASW systems operator in long-range patrol squadrons. He served on a number of nuclear submarines before retiring from the Navy in 1979 and has worked in underwater acoustics in most of the world's oceans for several companies.  Since retirement in 2005, he has studied marine mammals in the Amazon (Pink River Dolphins) and helped analyze the acoustics of various marine mammals including blue, sperm, and killer whales. He's studying the impact of man-made noise on marine mammals. 

                • Monday, July 17, 2023
                • Thursday, July 20, 2023
                • 4 sessions
                • BARN Electronic & Technical Arts Studio, Class Code EL071723CH1
                • 1
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                Students create characters out of cardboard and paint, add motors and sensors, and code them to synchronize to their voice.

                About this Class

                Full STEAM ahead! In this class, students will be combining art and technology to make characters that will move their mouths to lip-sync to music or words thanks to a sound sensor.

                The robots will be built out of common materials like cardboard, paint, and paper and brought to life through coding, motors, lights, and a variety of components. They’ll be making their creations sing, tell silly jokes, and and more and we'll make videos that can then be shared with the world.

                The class will begin by introducing the robotics kits they will be using: micro:bit and the HummingbirdBit. We will explore the different components, how to use them, and code them using block-coding applications like MakeCode. Then they’ll learn different cardboard building techniques and mechanisms that can be used for their creations.

                Details

                • For students ages 10-14.
                • Skill Level: Beginner
                • Registration will close for this class on Wednesday, July 12th.
                • When you register your youth, enter their name in the Youth's Name field and enter the parent/guardian email address for "registrants email." All reminders and important information will go to that email address.
                • Complete and return this minor permission form.
                • Please click here to register youth for an optional supervised lunch hour from 12-1 pm for the week of this class.
                • A materials fee of $2 is included in the price of the class.

                Project

                • Students will decide on a character, build it out of cardboard and paint, and add motors and sensors. Then they will add code to make their creation sync to their voices and they'll be able to record videos of their creations singing, making terrible jokes, and more.

                  Materials

                  To keep the costs of the class down, robotics kits will be provided for use during class time and will be returned to the instructor at the end of the week.

                  Students can bring their own devices from home like laptops (Mac or PC), Chromebooks, or Bluetooth enabled tablets. Or they can use the computers at BARN,but they are of limited availability. Even though they will be wearing a protective gown, it is still recommended that they don't wear clothes they'll mind getting paint on.

                  Prerequisites

                  None

                  Class Policies

                  Instructor

                  Cecilia Olivera-Hillway is an artist and maker who loves combining art and technology. Her career in education has included positions like Educational Technology Specialist and Maker Space Associate. Her work with electronics has been featured on the Make: website and their Youtube channel, won awards at Instructables.com, and been featured on the DesignSpark website. You can visit her website at: www.cohillway.com  

                  • Monday, July 17, 2023
                  • Thursday, July 20, 2023
                  • 4 sessions
                  • BARN Electronic & Technical Arts Studio, Class Code EL071723CH2
                  • 1
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                  Create parade floats out of cardboard, paint, motors, lights, and sensors so they drive a parade route on their own!

                  About this Class

                  Full STEAM ahead! In this class, students  combine art and technology to make their own robotic parade floats. The floats are built out of common materials like cardboard, paint, and paper and brought to life through coding, motors, lights, and a variety of components.

                  The class begins with introductions to the microcontroller and add-on boards that will be used - micro:bit and the REKA:BIT - and exploring different components like motors and lights, how to use them, and code them using a block-coding application called MakeCode. Then students learn different cardboard building techniques and mechanisms that can be used for their creations.

                  We will decide as a class on the theme of our parade and the students will design and create their own parade floats. They will use coding and programing to bring their floats to life and follow a parade route on their own.

                  Details

                  • For students ages 10-14
                  • Skill Level: Beginner
                  • Registration closes Wednesday, July 12
                  • When you register your youth, enter their name in the Youth's Name field and enter the parent/guardian email address for "registrants email." All reminders and important information will go to that email address.
                  • Complete and return this minor permission form.
                  • Please click here to register youth for an optional supervised lunch hour from 12-1 pm for the week of this class.
                  • A materials fee of $2 is included in the price of the class.

                  Materials

                  To keep the class cost down, robotics kits will be provided for use during class time and returned to the instructor at the end of the week.

                  Students can bring their own devices from home like laptops (Mac or PC), Chromebooks, or Bluetooth-enabled tablets. Or they can use the computers at BARN,but their availability is limited.

                  Even though they will be wearing protective gowns, it is recommended that students not wear clothes they would mind getting paint on.

                  Prerequisites

                  None

                  Class Policies

                  Instructor

                  Cecilia Olivera-Hillway is an artist and maker who loves combining art and technology. Her career in education has included positions like Educational Technology Specialist and Maker Space Associate. Her work with electronics has been featured on the Make: website and their YouTube channel, won awards at Instructables.com, and been featured on the DesignSpark website. You can visit her website at: www.cohillway.com  

                  • Saturday, August 05, 2023
                  • 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
                  • ETA Studio, Class Code: EL080523DS
                  • 10
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                  Designed as a user's guide to BARN's Electronic & Technical Arts (ETA) Studio, this free orientation is highly recommended for all studio participants.

                  About this Class

                  You will learn everything from studio etiquette and policies to an overview of what the studio has, and where it all is. 

                  You'll get to see the 3D printers, laser cutter, soldering station, hand tools, and more. Overall BARN policies as well as studio-specific ones also will be covered.

                  You'll also learn about the leadership structure within ETA and about opportunities to help everything run smoothly. Volunteer jobs range range from serving as studio monitors to helping with studio maintenance.

                  This event takes place in person in the ETA Studio.

                  Class Policies

                  Contact: [email protected]

                  • Saturday, August 12, 2023
                  • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
                  • Electronic & Technical Arts Studio, Class Code: EL081223RG
                  • 8
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                  Get introduced to 3D printing by seeing BARN's printers up close and gain an understanding of how they work.

                  About This Class

                  See a computer file get readied for printing in a process called "slicing."
                  See our different printers and learn about filament, the material 3D printers use to make prints.

                  You will start a print and see the printer actually print.

                  3D printing has many uses, ranging from practical to fun, such as replacement parts, mold-making, medical models used in surgery, prototypes, and more.  

                  Bring your curiosity and questions. You can continue to use the 3D printers during open studio times when a studio monitor or other member can help you.

                  Materials

                  Optional: Bring a laptop with PrusaSlicer, a software tool for 3D printing, installed.

                  Class Policies

                  Instructor

                  Rick Gordon

                  • Saturday, August 19, 2023
                  • 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM
                  • BARN ETA Studio, Class Code EL081923NA
                  • 4
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                  Learn how to safely operate BARN’s laser cutter, make a small item, and start qualifying to use the cutter independently.

                  About this Class

                  This workshop is the first step toward becoming qualified for independent operation of the laser cutter. It also prepares you for more advanced laser cutting classes.

                  Learn how to prep a design for cutting and engraving as well as the set-up, settings, and operation of the laser cutter.

                  Details

                  • Bring a laptop with Inkscape installed (Inkscape is a free design software we use with the laser cutter). There are versions for Windows, Mac OS and Linux.
                  • If you don't have a laptop you can bring to class, email [email protected] as BARN may be able to provide an alternative.
                  • Class is limited to four students.

                  Class Policies

                  Instructor

                  Nathan Abell

                  Contact: Doug Salot at [email protected]

                  • Saturday, August 19, 2023
                  • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
                  • BARN ETA Studio, Class Code EL081923NA
                  • 6
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