November 4 @ 10:30am – Arduino Sensors and Actuators

Join us Saturday, November 4 at 10:30am for a cool class about Arduino Sensors and Actuators!

Members: $50
Non-members: $60
Buy tickets here:

Please note: RSVPing on meetup or facebook does not guarantee you a spot in the workshop. Tickets must be purchased in advance.

Sensors and actuators are used in virtually all the technologies that surround us from smartphones to devices in our cars, to appliances in our offices and homes.
Sensors are devices that capture physical properties such as temperature, pressure, humidity, location, light intensity, resistance, force, gravity, weight, etc. and convert them into digital inputs for the Arduino.
Actuators are devices that do the opposite: they take digital signals from the Arduino and convert them into light, sound, motion, display readings and other outputs that change the physical environment.

Come to the workshop if:
• You want to gain hands-on experience interfacing the Arduino with commonly-used sensors and actuators,
• You want to acquire a key building block in learning how to convert your projects into fully interactive creations
• You are already working on a project with sensors and actuators and just need a bit of extra knowledge and/or assistance to proceed
• You plan to attend upcoming workshops in this series where we learn to build an interface the Arduino with interactive smartphone apps

• Introductions
• Sensor and actuator: devices most commonly used and how to select them
• Interfacing devices with the Arduino (analog and digital GPIOs, Serial, I2C, SPI, other)
• Selecting sensor and actuator libraries to speed up prototyping
• Using serial monitor/terminals and Processing to visualize sensor data
• Hands-on project: choose one or multiple sensors to control actuators

Example demos and hands-on projects:
• Visualizing a 9-axis accelerometer, gyroscope, magnitometer with Processing
• Controlling a 12V-powered solenoid via a relay
• Animating a neopixel light strip or ring using a potentiometer
• Controlling a servo motor or a stepper motor using a capacitive sensing strip
• Using temperature to control a computer fan
• And many more. The only limits are your imagination and available technologies

• Your favorite Arduino board
• Your favorite sensor and actuator devices
• Breadboard
• Hookup wires
• Arduino USB cable
• Personal computer with Arduino IDE installed
• Optional: install Processing stable release:
• Note: instructor will have Arduino Uno boards and device samples to borrow

November 2 @ 6:00pm – 3D Design: Intro to Fusion360

Join us Thursday night for an exciting class on using Fusion360 to make your 3D prints.

This class will introduce you to Autodesk’s Fusion 360, a cloud powered 3D CAD/CAM design software that is free for students, enthusiasts, hobbyists and startups. No prior experience with CAD/CAM software is required.

We will go over basic controls and tools that will help you build 3D projects for fabrication. In the class we will be designing a simple box that can be cut out on a laser cutter and then a Raspberry Pi enclosure that can be 3D printed.Please bring a laptop with Fusion 360 installed and a mouse.

Cost: Members: $20
Non-Member: $30
Purchase tickets here.

If you are interested in becoming a member, click here.

First Friday Make-a-thons

Friday Make-A-Thons

Our first First Friday Make-a-thon is scheduled November 3rd at 6:00pm, and future ones will be:

December 1st – 6:00pm
January 5th – 6:00pm
February 2nd – 6:00pm
March 2nd – 6:00pm
April 6th – 6:00pm

What is a Make-a-thon?

Have you been kicking around an idea for a project forever? Maybe even bought some of the parts for it? Or, have you been wanting to get more into making, but can’t even figure out where to start? The Make-a-thon is for you!!

Bring your project idea and supplies OR just yourself, and we’ll make stuff in teams, then high five each other.

Should I RSVP?

If you can, and also actually come. Otherwise, we will cry. Do it here.

What are the rules?

– You have four hours
– You can work individually or in teams
– Make ANYTHING (feel free to plan your effort and assemble materials in advance, but your principle work must occur during the 4 hour period. Bring your own materials, or use our cardboard, extra yarn, fabric, etc.)
– Present what you made
– We all vote to declare a winner (ok, so far we have been having too much fun to stop in time to do this…)

How much does it cost?

It’s completely FREE! With dinner, snacks, and beverages provided. BUT Donations are GREATLY appreciated to help us continue to have these each month!

Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?

All ages are welcome!

I’m not a techie. Can I come?

YES! We encourage you to make ANYTHING. Knit or crochet something, do a papercraft project, or build a cardboard robot. The whole point is to see what you can accomplish in 4 hours. And it’s really fun to try something new!

What if I don’t have a project? Can I still come?

We highly encourage people to come even without a project in mind. You get to meet everyone, have pizza, and see what it’s all about. “Make Anything” includes making friends. Plus, we can help you find a project to jump in on, or you can just check out the makerspace!

Where is MakerLabNW again? I’m lost, help!

Phone (425) 202-6237
23931 Hwy 99, #101
Edmonds, Wa. 98026

We’re usually on Facebook Messenger as well!