July 13, 2011

SparkFun to Host Electronics Workshops at Boulder Headquarters During July and August

BOULDER, Colo., July 13, 2011 /PRNewswire/ --

                SparkFun shares its passion for electronics by providing
                parts, knowledge, and innovation for those looking to explore
                the world of embedded electronics. It helps anyone discover
                their inner inventor and enables individuals to create their
    WHO:        own electronics projects.

                SparkFun loves to teach people the skills they need to start
                exploring the world of embedded electronics on their own.
                During July and August, SparkFun will conduct the following
    WHAT:       workshops:

               Stenciling Class - July 14, 2011, 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

                Solder Stenciling is a method of soldering that SparkFun
                regularly uses in its production process to solder tiny
                surface mount components. In this class, attendees will learn
                the tricks, techniques, and tools that are necessary to
                perform solder stenciling at home. Taught by SparkFun's own
                stenciling-gurus, this class will help those in attendance
                move beyond the limitations of the soldering iron.

               Exciting XBee Series 1 - July 23, 2011, 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.

                The Exciting XBee Series 1 Class is the first SparkFun
                workshop that explores the XBee communication protocol.
                During this class, attendees will get an introduction to XBee
                Series 1 components and commands as well as explore the
                basics of going wireless. At the end of the class, each
                person will have completed two projects - a wireless doorbell
                and an Arduino-based midway-style horse race.

               Exciting XBee Series 2 - July 24, 2011, 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.

                The Exciting XBee Series 2 workshop explores all the power of
                the XBee Series 2 Radios. Attendees will get an introduction
                to the components and commands necessary to use XBee Series 2
                and at the end of the day will have the knowledge to free
                their project from the servitude of wires. This class is the
                second of two workshops exploring the XBee communication

                Summer Semester - August 15, 2011 -August 19, 2011, 8 a.m. to
                5 p.m.

                This five-day electronics-palooza will help attendees who
                have an idea for an electronics project make it a reality.
                This workshop covers napkin schematics, working with
                datasheets, Arduino programming, soldering, e-textile
                basics, PCB layout with Eagle, using XBee wireless
                communication, and incorporating GPS.

               PTH Soldering - August 22, 2011, 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

                In this class, attendees will learn the basics of soldering
                plated through-hole (PTH) components. SparkFun instructors
                will lead the class as they learn the basics techniques and
                tools for doing PTH soldering at home.

                           To register please visit: http://www.sparkfun.com/
    INFO:                                                      categories/154

    WHERE:     SparkFun Electronics Headquarters
               6175 Longbow Dr.
               Boulder, CO 80301

    CONTACT:   Jeremy Douglas
               Catapult PR-IR
               303/581-7760, ext. 12
               [email protected]

SOURCE SparkFun Electronics