Category Archives: Happenings

Upcoming events and meetings. A feed of notices in lieu of (but hopefully some day augmenting) a calendar.

Arduino Project Demos and Idea Session @ Splatspace Saturday

Terry King and Mary Alice Osborne of Yourduino in Huntsville Alabama a few days ago, standing near a Saturn V F-1 engine nozzle.

Terry and Mary Alice will be at Splat Space (Durham Makerspace) Saturday morning, November 21st from 10am to noon to demonstrate Arduino projects and help attendees explore ideas. Kids are welcome (middle schoolers and older will get the most out of it) but there will be plenty of interest to attendees of all ages.

Soft drinks will be available at the ‘space. Some Yourduino inventory will be available for purchase (but this is not a sales pitch event).

There is a Meetup Page that has location and other details. The best way into Splat Space is via the gate on Corporation Street between Mangum and Roxboro.

More details about Yourduino on their info page.

May 11th Meeting 7PM @ NCSU

This meeting will have a handful of short presentations,  the usual show and tell, face to face networking and hands-on project help. Maps and additional details here. Planned:

  • Switch de-bouncing (Paul MacDougal)
  • Gathering ideas for an “Embedded Software Engineering 101” course (Christopher Svec)
  • Trivially solving arbitrary resistor networks with multiple voltage sources using Thévenin’s Theorem (Pete Soper)
  • <your very short presentation goes here>

(Pete and Christopher might possibly be on the road or late getting back into town, so their talks are tentative)

Upcoming monthly TriEmbed meetings at NCSU

  •  The May 11th meeting is open to some short presentations, ideally relevant to the recent “learning curve” list discussion. So far there already planned is a short switch-debouncing tutorial by Paul MacDougal and (if his flight isn’t delayed) a very short how-to by Pete Soper for using Thévenin’s Theorem to  solve nasty resistor network/mixed voltage source problems like the one in the XKCD Circuit. Also, if he’s not on the road with his job Christopher Svec  will give a short talk and open the floor for ideas for the “Embedded Engineering 101” course he’s mentioned on the email list.
  •  The meeting room assignment request is in for June/July/August, and it was early enough that we might hopefully keep the same room. With luck we’ll get the assignments in time to announce them at the May meeting.
  • June 8th will be focused on Craig Cook’s experience with an edX embedded systems course offered by U of Texas/Austin.
  • July 13th will feature Adam Haile and Dan Ternes of Maniacal Labs providing an update about their AllPixel project along with whatever else they’d like to discuss (perhaps some discussion with their co-conspirators about lighting up windows in downtown Raleigh?)

If you’re interested in giving a (short) talk in May or a talk at another TriEmbed meeting the best starting point is the TriEmbed email list (or, if it would be more comfortable, a message to Paul MacDougal and Pete Soper). You would ideally include a short synopsis and bio and conservative estimate of the amount of time you need.

Teaching Microcontroller Programming to Middle Schoolers Inexpensively

February 9th TriEmbed Meeting at NCSU

 This month’s meeting will have a highly focused theme: Tools and techniques for teaching middle school age children without spending a wad on hardware. There will be two speakers:
  • Alan Smith will bring examples of the boards related to his  Wizarding 101 and 102 classes for middle schoolers and will focus on what he’s  learned teaching introduction to microcontrollers from these classes as well as a full course.
  • Jon Wolfe of Anibit will talk about a graphical programmer he’s been developing.

More details, directions, etc on the “Meetings at NCSU” page.