When Thu Sep 29 7pm — 9pm
Where Classroom - North Lobby
1825 Monetary Ln #104 Carrollton, TX 75006
What Here’s your chance to learn about the exciting new Raspberry Pi Pico W and play with a variety of sensors.
Host Brady Pamplin


  • Cost: Free

Cancellations for this event must be made before September 29, 2022 — 7:00pm.

Registration for the event is closed.

About this Event

This class is ideal for those with some microcontroller experience as well as anyone with no electronics or programming experience. If you are wondering how to get started in the electronics hobby world, this class will let you gain experience with a number of sensors and accessories. Each student will be issued a parts kit for use in class containing an RPi Pico W, breadboard, DS18B20 temperature sensor, DHT11 temperature and humidity sensor, KY-018 photo resistor module, potentiometer, RGB LED, HC-SR04 ultrasonic distance sensor, servo, PIR sensor, USB cable, LEDs,… I’ll run through just enough slides to get you going then we will have lab time. The class is limited to six so I can work with you individually.

Following the semi structured route, you might start with Blink, then wire up a temperature (or light, distance, voltage) sensor and test it with the Thonny shell and plotter. The circuit will evolve as you add a servo and exercise it. Then combine the operation of parts on the breadboard to form a “high resolution” light sensor that swings the servo dial 180 degrees as you cover the sensor. Then you can move on to the next exercise. We will not be covering much detailed programming but will discuss interesting statements and how they can be modified to give the output you want. Prototype an alarm by turning on an LED at 80 degrees or when the distance sensor detects close movement.

If you want to take the path less traveled, use the parts kit and modify supplied programs as desired or write your own.

PM me @bpamplin if there are things you would like to cover in class. No guarantees, but I’ll try to help.

Background: The original version of this class was one of my first and has been very popular. Sixteen year old, at the time, Nick Webb attended the class and volunteered to help especially in the lab section. As Nick expanded his knowledge and presentation skills, I encouraged him to take on more and more of the class. It was great to see this young man conduct a class that often included engineers four or more times his age. I celebrated this by giving him the class. He ramped up his parts supply and offered the class a number of times before heading off to UT Austin. I am updating and offering Nick's class with his generous permission.

Special Considerations and Warnings

Bring your laptop computer.