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Thursday Oct 11, 2012 7:00 pm

We've been fielding a lot of questions on what are breadboards and how do we use them.

This class has a hard limit of 20 participants, so RSVP now to get in! Students must have a breadboard with rails to sign up for this class. If you don't have one you will not be able to participate. Pololu carries them as does rad shack, frys, and many other places.

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. 


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 modified Demon Eyes on a breadboard.  We will build the circuit together, step by step.

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 4 facilitators, please volunteer in the Protyping Facilitators meetup. 

Students MUST  bring their own breadboard and wire kit to participate.  Failure to bring the required eqiupment will mean you can not particpate.  Sample code, schematics, and courseware will be freely provided.  My cost is $1-2 per kit, and we will be asking for dontattions to cover cost.  All donations in excess of cost are dontated to SynShop.

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

This is my second class for SynShop series..  Introduction to Arduino is the first.