Alex is meeting with the Catawba Valley Robotics Club at FCW on Wednesday evenings from 5PM until around 8PM. This group is composed of children of Elementary and Middle School age and uses the Lego robotics components. The group competes in contests involving tasks for autonomous (self controlled) robots.
Any kids in the age range, and their parents are welcome to attend.
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:
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, (email@example.com) 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.
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 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 email@example.com 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
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.