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Gray Area Grand Theater: Electronic Prototyping For Designers Workshop

September 29 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

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One event on October 1, 2020 at 5:00 pm

Whether you want to make a heated knee brace, an interactive wall display using light and touch, or a jacket with lights for biker safety, this workshop is designed to teach you the fundamentals to apply to your own projects.

Together, we’ll learn to make a heating pad warm up and we’ll learn to read data from pressure sensors. We’ll also learn the basic terminology, giving you the tools to understand a basic tutorial from Adafruit or Sparkfun. More experienced students can learn more about using flexible and unique electronics in their prototypes.

Electronic Prototyping For Designers Workshop
Tuesday & Thursday, September 29 & October 1, 2020
Enroll: grayarea.org/workshop/electronic-prototyping-for-designers/

Please register by September 4 to allow time for the course materials to be sent out.

Workshop Logistics:
Cost: $280. Includes LOOMIA Prototyping 101 Pack course material
Experience Level: Beginner to Intermediate
• Laptop with a USB port (or an adapter to a USB port) for the class.
• Processing and Arduino Software IDE

Workshop Outline
Day 1:
• Introduction to electronic prototyping terminology and tools
• Overview of electronics prototyping and LOOMIA Packs & Parts
• IDE setup and trials (Arduino)
• Arduino setup and trials
• Pressure sensor reading in Arduino
• Data visualization in Processing for easy analysis
Day 2:
• More advanced terminology and tools
• User Interface setup with Arduino
• User interface and pressure sensor combination
• Q&A with students to help them build their future projects.

This 4 hours online workshop will be held as two 2 hours workshop over two days via video webinar. We will have an online community chat to share your questions during and beyond the workshop. Please contact us if you have any additional questions at creativedev@grayarea.org.

This workshop requires a LOOMIA Prototyping 101 Pack in order to participate. The cost of the pack is included in the tuition fee, and we ask workshop participants to please register by September 4 to allow time for the course materials to be mailed out.

LOOMIA Prototyping 101 Packs each include:
• Arduino Uno
• Alligator Clips
• Jumper wire
• Resistor set
• Breadboard
• Headers
• NPN Mosfet
• 2 3.7V Lipo batteries
• 3.7V lipo battery charger
• Thermochromic ink and paper
• 1 LOOMIA Simple Pressure Sensor
• 1 LOOMIA Backlit UI Button
• 1 LOOMIA heater

Madison Maxey
Madison Maxey is a designer turned materials scientist focused on bringing e-textiles to scale as Founder and CEO at LOOMIA. Throughout the course of her work at LOOMIA, she has done e-textiles work and education for fortune 500 companies. Maddy’s work has built the foundation for 4 granted patents and has lead to invited lectures at Universities such as Columbia University, Parsons School of Design, NYU and University of Illinois Champagne Urbana. In addition to soft circuits, Maddy has done computational design and physical computing work for the F.I.T Museum, Forbes 30 Under 30 Summit, CNBC’s Jump Jive and Thrive and Google Creative Lab. She has also held creative technology residences at the School of visual Arts, Autodesk, and Pratt’s BF+DA (where she won the BF+DA Technology Innovation Award).


September 29
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm


Gray Area Grand Theater
2665 Mission St
San Francisco, CA 94110 United States
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