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Electricity & Circuits

June 26 @ 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm



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Electronics are everywhere yet seem complex and off-limits, hidden inside enclosures with tiny screws and large safety warnings. This introductory course will provide a hands-on glimpse into this vast and mysterious world with a focus on projects for Makers that can be created with only a few hours of instruction such as basic robotics, DIY games, music, and electronics-based art. If you’ve ever wanted a peek “under the hood” of the devices that surround us or wanted to quickly get over the hurdle of getting started in electronics and making something, this is the course for you.

Learn about batteries, motors, light bulbs, and even a few LEDs and other electronic components. We’ll discuss Direct and Alternating Current (DC & AC), Ohms Law (the mother of all electrical rules), and take a quick look at how your house is wired to PNM. You’ll construct simple circuits. Then (try to) figure out how and why they work the way they do use a multi-meter (maybe the simplest and most useful piece of test equipment there is). Finally, we’ll take a quick look at some electronic components and circuit boards in preparation for a possible future class in using the ubiquitous Arduino micro-controller.

No experience necessary!

What you’ll learn:

This course will cover the basics of electronics needed to create projects that include building simple circuits.

About the instructor:

Michael Schippling has an Aesthetic Studies degree from UC Santa Cruz, has built exhibits for the Exploratorium science museum in San Francisco, managed the sound and lights for performances at The Kitchen in NYC, programmed huge pieces of hardware to print your Amex bills, and patented a piece of software that is buried so deep in a relational database server that IBM probably still doesn’t realize that they own it. He moved to Santa Fe 20 years ago to establish a robotics research lab at the Santa Fe Institute. He has shown electro-mechanical artifacts at Axle Contemporary and the Currents New Media Festival, among others.

Assisted by:

Cary Cluett is a sculptor with a BFA from the University of Texas at Austin. He lives in Santa Fe, working as a freelance problem-solver. His work has been exhibited in traditional galleries and has also involved collaborating, curating, installing and promoting events in box trucks and hair salons.


June 26
3:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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