FCW will conduct a condensed Ham Radio Technician License class on Saturday, September 9, from 9AM to 3PM at the Caldwell County Public Library, Room 5 in Lenoir. This class will cover the more difficult aspects of the entry level Technician exam. Topics covered will include:
- Electromagnetic waves
- Electrical Fundamentals
- Electronics components and circuits
- Station setup and operation
- Antennas and propagation
- Modes of operation
- Units and the metric system
- Some rules and regulations
Since this is a condensed class, participants will be expected to view some videos and do practice exams on-line. A schedule for the test will be determined at the class.
This class is free and open to the public. Contact Michelle, (firstname.lastname@example.org) or 828-754-5002 for more information.
Rick will be conducting classes in Wood Turning on the 3rd Saturday of each month from 10AM – 2PM. Beginners are welcome at any session. Besides the basics, each session will concentrate on methods to create specific items, such as bowls, plates, goblets, table legs, etc. Advanced topics will also be covered.
Space is limited. For more information or to reserve a slot, contact email@example.com
This class is Free and Open to the Public.
Instructor: Gene Chase
Foothills Community Workshop, Granite Falls, NC
March 18, 2017, 1pm to 3pm in the classroom
Introduction to Microcontrollers
The Arduino Uno – Microcontroller Bread Board: An open–source platform used for building electronic projects of all kinds.
Programming the Arduino for Model Railroad Applications
1. At Grade Crossing Flashing Warning Lights, a simple Arduino Uno project for Model Railroaders.
2. At Grade Crossing Flashing Warning Lights, Safety Gates and Bell with approaching train detection.
There is a possibility that we could provide laptops and Arduino kits for each attendee so there could some hands-on programming for more of the class time. (Dependent on class size, maximum of 14-Attendees)
FCW will be having an Introduction to Soldering Class on Sunday, February 26 at 3PM for approx 2.5 hours. The class will provide instruction in “Through-the-Hole” Soldering, using temperature controlled soldering stations. Each participant will solder a project — a small siren, which can be taken home. There is a service charge to cover materials of $10 and each participant should bring a 9V battery for the project. This class is open to the public. For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org
FCW will host a class to prepare anyone interested in obtaining an entry level Amateur Radio license. The class will meet on three Fridays, January 13, 20, and 27 from 6PM to 8:30PM.
- FCC rules and regulations
- Electromagnetic (radio) waves
- Basic Electronics
- Setting up an Amateur Radio station
- Station operation
- Antennas and Propagation
- Preparation for the Technician level exam.
There is no text required. All materials will be handed out or online. The class is free and open to the public.
Contact Michelle, email@example.com
for more information.
FCW is pleased to host a Google CS-First session on Wednesday, June 15 and Thursday, June 16 from 4PM – 8:30PM. CS First is a free program that increases student access and exposure to computer science (CS) by using the block based Scratch language from MIT.
The program is intended for ages 9-14. The class and materials are free. More information on CS-First can be found at http://www.cs-first.com . To reserve a slot or get additional information, contact Michelle at firstname.lastname@example.org or (828) 754-5002.
FCW held an “Arduino for Beginners” class on Saturday, November 14 to a packed classroom. Sixteen participants used the new computers and Arduino trainer boards to become familiar with the popular embedded processor platform. Rich was the instructor and guided them through the basics of the Auduino, use of the IDE and an introduction to the C language variant used. The participants were able to see how to use LED’s, an RC servo, an audible buzzer, and an ultrasonic distance sensor in “hands-on” experiments.
There were additional people on a waiting list for this class so a repeat of this class has been scheduled for December 19, from 11AM-3PM.
Foothills Community Workshop will be offering an Amateur Radio Technician level license class consisting of three sessions on consecutive Saturdays, August 8, 15, and 22 from noon until 2pm. With some additional on-line exercises, this class is intended to help prepare for the entry level Technician Amateur Radio Exam. Topics include:
- Rules and regulations
- Station setup and operation
- Operating procedures
- Basic electronic terms, components and calculations
- Electromagnetic waves, bands, and modes
- Propagation and antennas
This class is free and open to the public.
FCW will also be hosting exams for all levels of Amateur radio licenses. The testing will tentatively be on Saturday, August 29 at noon and is available to anyone wishing to obtain or upgrade an Amateur Radio license. The testing fee is $10.
FCW will be offering an Introduction to Home Computer Networks class on Saturday, July 11 from 12noon until 3PM. The class is intended for home computer users who wish to understand enough to setup and do basic troubleshooting on their network. Derek N. will be instructing the class and topics include:
- the basics of how networks operate
- identification and purpose of network equipment
- wireless setup
- utilities useful in troubleshooting the network
- connecting a device to the network.
This class is free and open to the public.
With the Model-2 robot trainer ready, it was time to work with the public schools. On two Fridays, February 6 and 13, students from Mr. Seldomridge’s class at Granite Falls Middle School came to FCW for a robot build session.
With assistance from Rich, Michelle, Bruce, and Gene, each student assembled a Model-2 robot, which they could then keep. There were a total of 24 students in the two classes of two hours, and all were successful builds. Starting with the “fun” of snapping the servos into the side panels, the students added the tail skid and internal braces, then bolted the chassis together. They then added the circuit board and assembled the wheel “sandwiches”. With the addition of the battery pack, they were ready to go. Many of the students took the robots to the common area for them to roam. It looked like giant roaches running around as up to ten robots roamed around the room, avoiding obstacles and dancing in sync. With terms like “awesome” students had a great time with the hands-on experience and left with smiles on their faces.
On Thurdsay, February 12, twelve students from Mr. Bingham’s class at South Caldwell High School also had a robot build session. The older students needed less assistance, but still had a great time Mr. Bingham joined his students in building a robot and obtained additional units for use in class. These students were given the assignment to develop additional programs for the robot during the remainder of the school session.
FCW is pleased to be able to help the schools with STEM projects and plans additional sessions and projects for the future. Similar sessions are available to homeschool groups, scout troops, etc. as well. If you have a group that would be interested in the robots or STEM in general, contact FCW for details.