After School Maker Program for ages 9-13

Each 4-week cycle of the after school program features a different subject of focus. Subjects include:

  • 3D Printing Scanning & Design
  • Arduino: Coding in Robotics
  • Micro Drones 101
  • Creative Computing: Raspberry Pi and Scratch.

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The Basics of Programming with LED Pixels: Part 2

March 2, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm | $30.00

Want to learn the basics of programming? This class offers people the opportunity to begin learning the fundamentals of C++ in a fun and sensory-rich way through LED Pixel pattern building via Arduino.

Overall, we will cover variables, functions, operators, basics of working with Arduino and it’s Development Environment (IDE), ‘IF’ statements, ‘FOR’ loops, and other relevant tools for making lights do fun things.  For any beginner looking to learn how to program.

Skills Covered:

•Basic Arduino Setup

•Basic Pixel Library Setup

•C++ variables, functions, operators, logic statements, loops.

•By the end of the course we will have produced basic ‘strandtest’ output for LED pixels.

•The student should understand how to put data into variables [instantiation], write simple functions, understand basic operators.

What to Bring:

• Arduino or compatible microcontroller.

• Laptop with USB cable for programming.

• Some LED Pixels:
Neopixels (WS2812)WS2801, or WS2811 preferred

Instructor Bio:

Sam Reinthaler and Jordan Layman have been programming for many years and with the advent of the IFL project, have been heavily involved in LED Pixel programming both for small sculptures and the LED Ceiling installation.

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March 2, 2017
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm


Idea Fab Labs
Jordan Layman


Idea Fab Labs
603 Orange St.
Chico, 95928
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(530) 592-0609