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Tuesday Oct 9, 2012 7:00 pm

It's time again for the Solder Buildup!

This class has a hard limit of 9 participants, so RSVP now to get in!  There will be a $15/per person charge to cover materials and help fund SynShop.  Fee is refundable if you cancel 24 hours before the event.  All materials will be provided, and you will have 2 kits to take home.

(LIMITATION is the number of soldering irons available for student use. These must be good temperature controlled soldering irons.  I will open up more spots if irons become available.)

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 in September.

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.  You'll be soldering an LED tester on a proto board.

Printed Circuit Board

We will be soldering a set of blinking LEDs onto a custom Printed Circuit Board.  PCBs are easier to work with than protoboard.


We will teach you the mystical art of soldering.  Actually, with the right equipment and knowledge soldering is very easy. Everyone will solderi their Demon Eyes proto board.

Friendly SYN Shop facilitators will be on hand to help you through all activities..

Sample schematics, and courseware will be freely provided.

Our project will be built on proto board and will be easy to solder. Check out   We will be building one side of demon eyes.  (One set of eyes) Demon Eyes is yours to take home, free!  This is an expense out of my pocket.

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 a $15 charge for this Soldering Buildup, collected at time of registration.  Syn Shop is an entirely non-profit, volunteer driven organization.  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

This is my sixth class for SynShop, and the third in my introduction series.