MassMind Classes (from easy to advanced)
*note: Class presentations are open source, and you are free to copy and
use them. In North County San Diego, we can provide an instructor and most
materials to present these classes at your location after hours or weekends.
Prices reflect materials cost only. No instructor cost if at least 10 students
attend. More individual instruction to be negotiated.
Plastics casting with 3D printed molds. Mold your own glowing heart, skull,
etc... from natural, reusable, low temp thermoplastic; light it up with an
LED and coin battery. Learn to quickly form multiple objects from low cost
molds. Pictures. $3
(10 K-12 and up) Combines nicely with Electronics Intro class as the throwie
can light up the cast object making it a "Glowie". We can also teach
mold making with Oogoo (a low cost rubber based on hardware store 100% silicone
caulk mixed with half as much corn starch and a little paint). Or you can
with Oogoo from a 3D printed mold.
- Google Docs / Drive and how to use it to collaborate on the internet. $0
(10 to 30 middle school and up)
Game Programming in Scratch (A visual block language)
Intro to Web pages / HTML - Learn how to make a web page with HTML and
Intro to Web apps - Learn how to make a portable HTML5 web page that can
be installed as an app on any SmartPhone.
HTML5 web apps interfacing to the physical world.
Intro - Basics of electricity, LED's, batteries, current limiting resistors.
Make an LED Throwie $2 (up to 20 K-12 and up) Combines nicely with plastic
casting class, or make
LED flashlights with this great activity by
Denise Santoro, or
LED Popup cards.
201 - Breadboarding circuits. Covers: Electricity, Current, Voltage,
Resistance, Ohms law, Circuits, Schematics, Breadboards, Wires, Resistors,
LEDs, Switches, Motors. $20 (5-10 middle school and up)
Soldering - Learn how to solder electronic circuits.
101 - Basic Technique $2 (5-10 middle school and up)
Soldering 102 - Build a Makerbot badge
$5 (5-10 middle school and up)
201 - Full instruction, and build a regulated power supply for a PC interface
card $10 (5-10 high school and up)
Logic Intro - How one simple (NAND) logic gate can be used to build every
computing function. Learn how machines think! $0 (30 middle school and up)
Arduino - Learn how to connect, program, and interface the world to a small
Arduino clone. Make lights blink and pulse, sense light levels, and (extra
cost/requirements) make things move with servos! Includes instructions for
connecting to many devices in the real world. Automate!
Intro with AdaFruit Trinket, $10 (take soldering first and pay $18 to
include servos) (10 middle school and up)
Intro with AdaFruit Trinket Pro (Arduino Uno clone) - $15 (take soldering
first and pay $25 to include servos) (10 middle school and up)
Cardboard Combat Robots with the ESP-8266. Ultra low cost (~$15) robot, controled
via WiFi connection from your smart phone with a built in Web server, and
To avoid the Arduino IDE setup (parts 1 and 3), and the soldering (part 2)
you can also just purchase the Boffinboard from Addicore.com.
Pi Intro - Connect and program your Raspberry Pi computer - $0 without
the RasPi, $80 for a Model B w/ power supply, wifi, case, cables.
NOT including monitor, keyboard, mouse. Venue must have wifi with accessble
router. (10 senior high school and up)
Introduction to 3D printing - how to take a design file (.STL) and slice
it for printing including printer tuning and troubleshooting. (10 high school
and up) The 3D printed object can then be used to make an Oogoo mold for
quick reproduction of additional copies in thermoplastic, epoxy, or other
riged plastics. Or you can 3D print the mold directly and cast with
or other flexible materials. To make metal parts, print a positive in PLA,
make a mold from
or casting sand, and poor in molten metal to burn away the plastic, or make
a two part mold and remove the original before casting.
to OpenSCAD - Coding Reality: Basics of designing real physical objects
with a programming language. $0 (20 senior high school and up).
For a more traditional CAD system see
to G-Code for 3D Printing - Advanced class in how
G-Code controls 3D printers, what the codes
mean, and how to write custom G-Code for tricks! $0 (10 senior high school
Motion control - Connect your computer to the real world and make it move
with servos and
stepper motors. $50 (10 senior high school
Using GIT version control and using the
GitHub web interface.
to embedded solutions: Complexity and noise in the world of embedded
engineering and how to make it work for you $0 (10 senior high school and
up, after programming and electronics 101)
Cisco ASA 5505 / 5500 Series Setup
Basic setup and configuration of a firewall / router for a small server system.
$0 (5 senior high and up, after Soldering, Internet, Raspberry Pi)
Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning: $0
(College level, after Algebra, Programming)
Conservation: Basic presentation on the lowest cost (mostly free) ways
to use significantly less water automatically. $0 (any number of adults /
homeowners) Sections can be expanded
Interested? Have a space and a group that wants to learn after work hours?
Contact me: spamBondFig-Remove- at gmail.com or
spamJamesNewton-Remove- at MassMind.org
Other good online courses:
20131207 First San Diego Mini Maker Faire, Core Team, and "Robots of
20151002-03 San Diego Maker Faire
casting at Escondido Barns and Nobel Mini Maker Faire
201 at Seek Robotics.
Air Rockets at Escondido Tamale Fest
20151123 Machine Learning part 2 at Nerd Club
casting at STEAM Maker Fest
casting class at Nerdy New Year.
20160104 Rasberry Pi class at Nerd Club
casting / Mold making class at Creator Space Temecula
presentation at San Diego Robotics Club. (Will become part of the next
20160125 Stringing Marionettes
at Nerd Club
Arduino / RC Servo, Steppers, and Motors at
Printer Tech presentation at Northop Grumman
(very probably) live in a Video Game at Nerd Club
20160420 Stringing Marionettes
at Nerd Club
Adafruit Mini 8x8 LED Matrix w/I2C Backpack
at Seek Robotics.
102 for San Diego Maker Faire at the San Diego Main Library
20160514 Air Rockets at Space Day
P.I.D. ling around with Servos at
casting / Mold making at
102 at Chalice UU.
casting / Mold making at
20161105 Air Rockets at Escondido Tamale Fest, also
"Our Sun Cooks" demo and
Our Planet Recyling junk
to G-CODE at Northop Grumman
Casting at March Mingle
in Scratch at Scratch day!
20170617-18 North County Maker
Casting, Soldering 102 - Build a Makerbot
badge, and Paint a Prius at
Fellowship - vistauu.org/
20171007-08 San Diego Maker Faire "Robots of MassMind.org" exibit.
20171110 Paper Circuits Military Thank you Cards and Air Rockets at Escondido
Tamale Fest (veterans
20180406-08 Gaslight Gathering
Casting, Dexter Robot, others..
20180505 Paper Circuits at Cinco
de Mayo in Old Town
102 at North County Mini
Your Future for
at Malcom X library
Casting, Dexter Robot, others..
at San Diego Maker Faire 2018
20181103 Air Rockets at Escondido
casting at EXPO day
for Sally Ride Science.
201903 Cardboard Combat Robots at SD Colab (Part
20190406 Video Game Programming with Scratch for UCSD Extension / Sally Ride
Science at Mission Valley Library
casting / Mold making at Gaslight Gathering
20190413 Video Game Programming with Scratch for UCSD Extension / Sally Ride
Science at Malcom X Library
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