I've been to Machine Project in Echo Park a couple of times, and fell in love it. It's hard to describe what it is exactly, but if you can imagine a cross between an art gallery and an electronics lab and a classroom that's housed in a funky little storefront building with a hole in the floor that you can peer through to gaze upon a glowing unicorn skeleton, you'll get a fair idea of what the place is like. And it's run by one of the nicest technology-and-art geeks I've ever met, Mark Allen.
I think there's still time to sign up for two one-day workshops being offered.
This weekend (Saturday September 30th) Machine Director Mark Allen will be teaching a one day workshop entitled "A build your own noise thing workshop spectacular". This be focused on using 555 timers to make square wave oscillators. We’ve done this one before and it’s a good time. $65. More information and registration here.
Then, starting next weekend (oct 7th), we have a four week class called "Spooky Projects - Introduction to Microcontrollers with Aurdino" taught by the illustrious Tod E Kurt. If we had known that Tod engineered the hardware and software for robotic camera systems that went to Mars (as well as possessing degrees in physics and electrical engineering from Occidental and Caltech) we would have been too shy to ask him to teach this class. But we didn’t know. $285 (materials included). More information and registration here.
Registration is now open and as usual we expect these classes will fill quickly. We hope that you can join us for one or both of these nerdfests.
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