Makers Courses

Understanding Electronics using Arduino and Raspberry Pi Micro-Controllers

Prerequisites: None

This course is designed for those new to the Arduino and Raspberry Pi Micro-controllers. You will learn how to connect basic electronic components to these micro-controllers to make fun and interactive micro-controller apps.

This course covers:

  1. Powering options
  2. Power connections
  3. Introduction to circuits
  4. Electronic basics using Resistors, Capacitors, LEDS
  5. The Arduino Family of controllers
  6. Raspberry PI Basics
  7. Understanding Shields, (Bluetooth, XBee, etc)
  8. Basics of making your first Bot!
  9. Technical capabilities and limitations of each micro-controller
  10. Introduction to programming the Arduino and Raspberry Pi

Every class will consist of an overview of hardware and hands on demonstration project using the micro-controllers. Students will be able to watch each project and be able to complete their own project after each class.

This course has 8 classes and are typically 1 hour long. However, due to all the cool new technologies, resources and information that is constantly emerging, students are encouraged to ask questions & share new information, and because the instructor thinks these topics are too cool, expect many 1 hour classes to go over.

When students sign up for the course they will receive a link with the parts/book(s) needed for the course. These parts will include items such as micro-controllers, LEDS, resistors, leads and bread board. Recommended kits costs about $50 and can be reused with other courses in this series. Budget about $50-$100 for this course for parts and material. You will be able to reuse most components on other cool projects. Budget about $25 for the book(s).

Upcoming Understanding Electronics using Arduino and Raspberry Pi Micro-Controllers - Online Courses

Live Start Dates Instructor Price Status
Start NOW -OnDemand 24x7 (?) Gary Bennett $97*



Intro to Programming the Arduino and Raspberry Pi

Prerequisites: Understanding Electronics using Arduino and Raspberry Pi Micro-Controllers or equivalent

This course is designed to enable students to program the Arduino and Raspberry Pi micro-controller. This course is for the programming newbie or students that may have programmed in other programming languages recently or years ago.

This course covers:

  1. Thinking like a developer
  2. Arduino programming using sketch and the C programming language
  3. Raspberry Pi programming using the Python and C programming languages
  4. Variables
  5. Commands and logics, if, for, else, while
  6. Data types: ints, floats and bools

Each class will consist of a programming exercise and fun micro-controller project to reinforce all the topics covered in the class that day. Students will become familiar with syntax, programming, capabilities and power of the micro-controllers.

This course has 8 classes and are typically 1 hour long. However, due to all the cool new technologies, resources and information that is constantly emerging, students are encouraged to ask questions & share new information, and because the instructor thinks these topics are too cool, expect many 1 hour classes to go over.

When students sign up for the course they will receive a link with the parts/book(s) needed for the course. These parts will include items such as micro-controllers, LEDS, resistors, leads and bread board. Recommended kits costs about $50 each and can be reused with other courses in this series. Budget about $50-$75 for this course for parts and material. You will be able to reuse most components on other cool projects.

Upcoming Intro to Programming the Arduino and Raspberry Pi - Online Courses

Live Start Dates Instructor Price Status
Start NOW -OnDemand 24x7 (?) Gary Bennett $97*



Advanced Programming for the Arduino and Raspberry Pi

Prerequisites: Intro to Programming the Arduino and Raspberry Pi or equivalent

This course covers:

  1. Raspberry Pi programming using the Python and C programming languages
  2. Arduino and Raspberry PI libraries
  3. Controlling LEDS and other electronics with your micro-controllers
  4. Random Numbers
  5. Math Functions
  6. Bit Manipulation
  7. Serial Communication (the heart of many Arduino and Pi projects)
  8. Data Storage
  9. Object Oriented Programming
  10. Classes, Methods and Instance Variables

Each class will consist of a programming exercise and fun micro-controller project to reinforce all the topics covered in the class that day. Students will become familiar with syntax, programming, capabilities and power of the micro-controllers

This course has 8 classes and are typically 1 hour long. However, due to all the cool new technologies, resources and information that is constantly emerging, students are encouraged to ask questions & share new information, and because the instructor thinks these topics are too cool, expect many 1 hour classes to go over.

When students sign up for the course they will receive a link with the parts/books needed for the course. These parts will include items such micro-controllers, LEDS, resistors, leads and bread board. Recommend kits costs about $50 each and can be reused with other courses in this series. Budget about $50-$75 for this course for parts and material. You will be able to reuse most components on other cool projects. Budget about $25 for the book(s).

Upcoming Advanced Programming for the Arduino and Raspberry Pi - Online Courses

Live Start Dates Instructor Price Status
Start NOW -OnDemand 24x7 (?) Gary Bennett $97*



Cool Makers Projects using the Arduino and Raspberry Pi Micro-controllers

Prerequisites: Advanced Programming for the Arduino and Raspberry Pi

Now that you know how to program and control your Arduino and Raspberry PI it’s time to do some really cool projects and explore the capabilities of these micro-controllers.

The following projects will be explored:

  1. Ethernet Shields and Programming
  2. Communicating with Webservers
  3. XBee shields
  4. Bluetooth Low Energy shields (BLE)
  5. An amazing high altitude balloon project. Temperature sensors, data logging, GPS tracking, radio communication and cameras.

Each class will cover an exciting shield project to explore the unique capabilities of each shield and controller. This course has 8 classes and are typically 1 hour long. However, due to all the cool new technologies, resources and information that is constantly emerging, students are encouraged to ask questions & share new information, and because the instructor thinks these topics are too cool, expect many 1 hour classes to go over.

When students sign up for the course they will receive a link with the parts/book needed for the course. These parts will include items such as micro-controllers, LEDS, resistors, leads and breadboard. Additionally, this course will use shields that you may not have but should be in every makers tool box. Budget about $100 for this course for shields, parts and material. You will be able to reuse most components on other cool projects. Budget about $25 for the book(s).

Upcoming Cool Makers Projects using the Arduino and Raspberry Pi Micro-controllers - Online Courses

Live Start Dates Instructor Price Status
Start NOW -OnDemand 24x7 (?) Gary Bennett $97*



iPhone and iPad Communications and Sensors with Arduino and Raspberry Pi

Prerequisites: Students should have completed iOS SDK 1 course and Advanced Programming for the Arduino and Raspberry Pi or equivalent knowledge or experience.

This course is designed to enable students to interact with their Arduino and Raspberry with their iPhone, iPad and maybe even the iWatch or AppleTV.

This course covers:

  1. Apple MFi program. Manufacturing License Program
  2. Using cables and BLE connect to your iOS device to the micro-controllers
  3. Serial communications between your iOS device and micro-controller
  4. Building the User Interface and listening to messages between iOS device and micro-controller
  5. When to use Bluetooth, Bluetooth LE, Serial communication and XBee to communicate between your iOS device and micro-controller
  6. Sending messages between the iOS device and micro-controller
  7. Connecting to an XBee connector
  8. Using external sensors, sonar and temperature sensors

Each class will cover an exciting shield project to explore the unique capabilities of each shield and controller. This course has 8 classes and are typically 1 hour long. However, due to all the cool new technologies, resources and information that is constantly emerging, students are encouraged to ask questions & share new information, and because the instructor thinks these topics are too cool, expect many 1 hour classes to go over.

When students sign up for the course they will receive a link with the parts/book needed for the course. These parts will include items such as micro-controllers, LEDS, resistors, leads and breadboard. Additionally, this course will use shields and cables that you may not have but should be in every makers tool box. Budget about $150 for this course for shields, parts and material. You will be able to reuse most components on other cool projects. Budget about $25 for the book(s).

Upcoming iPhone and iPad Communications and Sensors with Arduino and Raspberry Pi - Online Courses

Live Start Dates Instructor Price Status
Start NOW -OnDemand 24x7 (?) Gary Bennett $97*



Intro to 3D Printers, CNC Machines and 3D Software for Serious Makers

Prerequisites: None

So you have a cool Makers project in mind and you want to turn your idea into a physical reality, this course is for you. This course will likely save you many hours of time and money in selecting, using and learning all the pieces in the 3D puzzle!

  1. This course will cover:
  2. How to select the 3D printer for you
  3. Don’t want to purchase a printer, no problem. How to send your design to a 3D Printer Service Bureau to be printed.
  4. How to select a CNC machine and when it is needed
  5. CNC Machine basics
  6. How to select the right 3D printer for you
  7. Learning and Using the 3D software
  8. Tips,Tricks and resources to quickly and easily completing your 3D printer project
  9. Scanning your projects to your 3D Software (i.e. Kinect Hacking and Scanning)
  10. Practical Printing Applications and Examples.
  11. Tips and Tricks printing with the Makerbot and Cubify

Budget about $50 for this course and for the book(s).

Upcoming Intro to 3D Printers, CNC Machines and 3D Software for Serious Makers - Online Courses

Live Start Dates Instructor Price Status
Start NOW -OnDemand 24x7 (?) Gary Bennett $97*




Course Price
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