Doing Neat Things With Circuits And Micros!


Hi, and welcome to our electronics class website! I’m looking for a few students that are excited about getting some “hands-on” experience with figuring out how to use electronic parts and micro-controllers to make and do interesting things!

When is the class?

Class meets each Friday between 10AM and 12PM.

What will I learn?

In this class we’ll take a quick look at basic electronic parts and what they do. These parts will include:

  • Resistors
  • Capacitors
  • Diodes (of several kinds, including LEDs)
  • Inductors

We’ll explore how each of these components reacts to voltages and currents, and how they can be used to help do useful things.

We will then, as quickly as possible, move on to experimenting with micro-controllers. We’ll see how a micro can be easily programmed and used to control things in the “real world.” We will learn how basic program control structures work and how to use a micro to interact with the world in a “real-time” fashion.

I expect to also, from time to time, bring in “interesting gadgets” and devices that I and others have designed, just to give you some inspiration and ideas about what *you* might one day be able to do on your own as you learn more and more.

Where is it?

Class is held on the premises here:

Escondido Tutorial Service
2634 Bernardo Ave., Escondido, CA, 92029

How much does it cost?

The student course fee is $200. There will also be a fee for lab materials, TBD (perhaps about $50.) All lab materials purchased by the student will be retained by the student for their own future use. There may be some other “common” lab materials that I supply for use while in class, for building some “example projects.”

If you decide to build one of the “example projects” as a “take-home” project, there could be some modest additional expense. Also, if you come up with your own project idea that requires additional materials, I will be happy to assist you with it, but any added parts will be at your own expense.

What do I need to take part?

Owning or having access to a computer and the internet is pretty essential to the course. Your computer should have a USB port on it as well.

What kind of students are you looking for?

Students that will enjoy this class probably share this important trait; curiosity! If you want to understand how things work, and even more, if you have a strong desire to figure out how to make your own things that work, you will enjoy this class!

Age is no object, but I will require you to pay attention, to answer questions, and to not be afraid to experiment and try things out! During our first class, for example, Benjamin quickly burned out an LED!

Some might think this is a bad thing… well, if it happens all the time, maybe! But because he *tried* an experiment, we all learned something right away: Once you let the smoke out of an electronic device, it is *very* hard to put it back in again! 😉

Who are you?

My name is Dann McCreary, and I’ll be helping you learn about electronics and circuits. I’ve worked with electronics all my life, and in the computer industry for over 35 years; but I’m really an inventor who loves to figure out how things work!

If you’re really curious, you can “google” my name here — http://goo.gl/Y2mbF — and see a couple of my inventions. You can also read about an astronomy invention of mine here: http://subarcsec.com

What would *you* like to invent? How will you control it and make it work the way you imagine? Is what you want to create practically possible with modern electronics?

If you have a question for me, you can email me at: “creator at flyinghouse dot com” – you know how to do that, right? 😉 I’ve written it out this way to avoid the “spam-bots.” 😉