At the Maker Faire on April 22-23 in San Mateo, Joe Grand will lead a workshop to make these nifty "Simon" toys.
(Click on thumbnails for enlargement) This workshop consists of lecture and hand-on laboratory components, each lasting 90 minutes. We'll guide you through an introduction to hardware hacking, explore the basic electronics fundamentals and common test equipment, and then dive into the step-by-step processes of successful circuit modifications and hardware hacking. Whether you're a beginner hobbyist with no electronics experience or a self-proclaimed "gadget geek," you're sure to learn something. And, you'll most definitely have fun in the process. Following completion of the workshop, each student will leave with a custom electronic game of "Simon" that they built on their own (using components and a circuit board provided in kit form).
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