Tuesday, October 4th, 2016

Breville 980 XL Espresso Machine

The Maker-E has an espresso machine that used by authorized individuals to make coffee.  If you get authorized you will be responsible not only for making delicious caffeinated beverages but also keeping the machine and area clean as well as contributing to the supplies like coffee beans, milk, and water.  Failure to clean up or maintain the machine will get your certification revoked.  If you want to earn the certification click the link below. Link to Breville 980 XL Tutorial

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Tuesday, October 4th, 2016

Design A Printed Circuit Board

You will learn printed circuit board (PCB) design by creating a firefly board to go out on the hallway display.   To design a the PCB you will learn to generate a schematic diagram and organize the board’s components and traces. The PCB Design Tutorial, whose link can be found at the bottom of this paragraph, does not test or teach someone the electrical theory behind how the Firefly circuitry works, but instead aids a student in learning how to use the software needed to transform a schematic from paper into a useful PCB.  If you follow the instructions you’ll be able to […]

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Monday, October 3rd, 2016

3 Axis Accelerometer Connected with SPI

This kit connects a three axis accelerometer to a Texas Intruments MSP430 or MSP432 microcontroller so you can learn both about how to measure acceleration as well as how to connect devices using the Serial-Parallel Interface, otherwise known as an SP interface.  Access the tutorial for this Technology Kit here.  You should be familiar with writing a Sketch in TI’s Energia language which is almost identical to that used for Arduinos.

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