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We've also been fielding a lot of questions on how to use a breadboard, how to solder, and how to go further with Arduino. That's how Prototyping, Soldering, and Arduino Hack Night came to be.

This class has a hard limit of 25 participants, so RSVP now to get in!

We were completely stunned by the great attendance at the Introduction to Arduino course.  This class picks up where introduction left off. We will be doing the introduction again late August.


It may look complex, but breadboards are the simplest way to create temporary circuits.  Breadboards come in many shapes and sizes, and some, like the proto shield, plug directly into Arduino.  Everyone will receive parts and build Demon Eyes on a breadboard.  We will build the circuit together, step by step.

Proto Board

Some times you want to make that breadboard a bit more permanent.  This is where proto board comes into play.  You can directly solder into proto board and use it as a permanent circuit.  While its not as fancy as printed circuit boards, they get the job done.  Everyone will transfer the breadboard circuit to proto board.


We will teach you the mystical art of soldering.  Actually, with the right equipment and knowledge soldering is very fast and simple.  We will have at least four soldering stations set up, and everyone will take a turn at soldering their Demon Eyes proto board.


We will have new labs for you to work through, either at our workstations with all equipment provided, or on your own if you bring a laptop, cable, and Arduino.  We will help you install Arduino studio on PC, Mac, or Linux, and show you how to get started.

Friendly SYN Shop facilitators will be on hand to help you through all activities. If you have experience with bread boarding and soldering, I need 5 facilitators, please volunteer. I also need about 2-3 more temperature controlled soldering stations. Digital preferred.

Students are encouraged to bring their own breadboard, wire kit, Arduino and laptop.  Sample code, schematics, and courseware will be freely provided.

Our project will be built on proto board and will be easy to solder. I have a limited number of breadboards available for use during class and will be providing all parts required to build Demon Eyes, a glowing blinking led project.  Check out    Demon Eyes is yours to take home, free!  This is an expense out of my pocket.  I'll have a voluntary tip jar available and ask for $1-$2 to cover my cost.

Our fine hosts, Pololu Robotics and Electronics, have electronic parts and kits available. If you purchase online before 2pm on the day of the class and use a local address, then you can select the pickup option and your order will be available at the class.  Please arrive a bit early to pick up  your new toys!

We recommend item 352, 830 point breadboard, and item 312, 140 piece wire kit. Together less than $11 at Pololu.

Pololu also has Arduino boards and kits available at   We recommend the Uno boards for beginners.  Note that the board by itself does not come with a USB A-B cable, so please bring one of your own.

There is no charge for this Prototyping, Soldering, and Arduino Hack Night, but donations to SYN Shop are always welcome. Or purchase a T-Shirt at and show your support!

About the instructor: Charley Jones holds over 12 industry certifications and is a former Microsoft Certified Trainer.  Mr. Jones enjoys sharing his knowledge and passing on his experiences. He is an avid developer and has built and donated code to multiple Arduino and related projects.  A graduate of the New England Institute of Technology, Mr. Jones has pursued a lifelong interest in electronics, microprocessors, and computers. He currently works as a Database Administrator and Developer for Clark County, NV.  He is a founding member of SYN Shop, the Las Vegas Hacker Space, and donates time, materials, and experience to the group.  His blog can be reached at

Thursday, August 2 at 7:00 PM