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More circuit prototyping classes!

Our last circuit prototyping class was a hit, and so we’re having another on June 24 from 7-9PM. In fact, we’re going to be making them a monthly affair, so if you’re all booked up in June, don’t worry, we’ll still be here in July.

From the event description:

Interested in learning to build electronic circuits, but don’t know where to start? This is the course for you! In this introductory-level course you’ll learn how to read a schematic and how to use it to build a working prototype. During the course you’ll build the Atari Punk Console, a circuit that produces sounds reminiscent of retro video games. We’ll also discuss some basic theory of how the circuit works, and we’ll do some basic “circuit bending” by tinkering with the design and see how our changes affect the circuit’s behaviour.

Intrigued? Check out the eventbrite page to secure your spot in the class!

Leather mask-making workshops

Announcing our craftiest workshops yet: wet-molded leather mask-making with Adam Smith! Those of you who know Adam know how exciting this is; for those of you who don’t know him, Adam is a genius mad-scientist/leather-worker/costumer/prop-maker. As far as I can tell, if something is filmed in Toronto and has something in it that’s made out of leather, chances are Adam made it.

The class will cover the various types of leathers and their use, characteristics of different parts of the hide, as well as some of the tools specific to leatherworking. Participants will learn some of the basics of water-molding leather and leather finishing, and if successful will be able to create and finish two molded leather masks. As there is some time needed for the masks to dry enough to finish, we may take also take a look at a variety of other leatherworking tools and their use.

Sign up now!

By Jonathan | 03 January 2011 | interest based classes | | 7 Comments   

Geotagging Photos

Do you like to travel? Do you like to take pictures? Do you like to do both at the same time and want to know what was taken, when and where? If yes, then you should take this course.

Geotagging is the act of inserting the location the picture was taken inside the meta data of the picture. Now you’ll know exactly where all those amazing photos were taken the last time you went hiking, or on vacation, or just walking around town.

High end dSLR cameras have GPS accessories that will automatically insert co-ordinates into pictures. Those accessories cost several hundred dollars and a good dSLR is not a casual purchase.  This course will teach you how to combine any digital camera, an ordinary GPS receiver, and a computer to achieve the same thing. The first half of this course will be a short walk around the neighbourhood to take sample pictures. In the second part you’ll learn how to tag the pictures you took, most importantly you’ll learn to do this in an automated fashion, so that tagging one picture is as easy as tagging hundreds.

By the end of the course you’ll know how to:

  • Manually insert longitude and latitude into pictures you’ve taken
  • Upload GPS tracks from your receiver to your computer
  • Display those tracks on a map to see an exact route of where you’ve been
  • Combine the tracks with the pictures you took to create geotagged photos
  • Export those pictures to programs like Google Earth

For this class you will need:

  • a digital camera
  • a hand held GPS receiver (with the accompanying cables)
  • a laptop
  • freely available software (preferably downloaded before class)

(If you do not have a GPS receiver the teacher will provide you with a track log from theirs, if you can’t bring a laptop you’ll be walked through how to do these things on a desktop.)

Course fee: $35
Course length: One class lasting 2 – 3h
Class size: 3 – 10 students
Scheduling: On demand, please contact marc.reevenewson(AT)gmail(DOT)com to arrange times.

By shardy | 21 December 2010 | interest based classes,learning,news | | 0 Comments   

Introduction to stained glass

Interested in learning to create stained glass windows but don’t want to buy all the expensive equipment? Take our introduction to stained glass course! You’ll learn to design, cut, and fabricate your own stained glass projects under the tutelage of Site 3 member Dana Sarafinchan.  During three sessions of two hours each we will teach you the terminology, equipment, and skills to complete a copper-foil window hanging for your home. We’ll supply everything you’ll need and then some; you just need show up and enjoy the company while learning a new skill at your own pace!

Course fee: $120 + HST (includes all materials)

Class sizes range from one-on-one to groups of up to four.

Scheduling: To schedule, please contact Dana directly by emailing dsarafinchan@ this domain.

By Jonathan | 30 July 2010 | Featured,interest based classes,learning | | 0 Comments