Electron Wrangling for Beginners

Electron Wrangling for Beginners is a hands-on crash course in making stuff do stuff with electricity. Incredibly, this course will cover both the very popular and useful basic stamp microcontroller, and the basics of analog electronics.

What you’ll need: A computer (laptops are nice) with a serial port. If your computer is lacking a serial port you’ll need a usb to serial adaptor. Please buy the FTDI US232B USB to Serial Adapter as it works well on both Mac and PC, Windows or OSX. Let us know if you don’t have a laptop, we have a couple extra at the gallery for student use. All other parts and such are provided with the class fee.

Textbooks: We’ll be working from Physical Computing by Dan O’ Sullivan and Tom Igoe. Last I checked it was $20 on Amazon, I’d recommend buying it but whatever. I also recommend The Microcontroller Application Cookbook, by Matt Gilliland. In addition, I have an extensive collection of electronics and robotics textbooks which I will bring to class for you to check out.