Recurring Events:

  • Drop In and Do Night/Project Night/Open House - Every Thursday, 7-9 pm
  • Soft Circuit Saturday2nd Saturday, 1-4pm. Next one is March 8.

Intro to Circuits

$35, Saturday March 15, 1-4 pm
Have you been tantalized by cool costumes & projects using LEDs, Arduinos, or EL-wire? Ever wondered what’s going on inside your computer, television, or vacuum cleaner?
Electricity permeates our modern existence, and learning your way around circuits is the first step in demystifying it. In this class, we’ll start with the very basics, teaching you how to identify common circuit components, use tools like multimeters and breadboards, read schematics and datasheets, and describe what’s going on with a few equations. You’ll build some simple circuits and go home with a mini-breadboard so you can tackle your own projects!
This class is suitable for ages 13+.

Coming Soon:

April: Light Hacking Weekend – Analog/Digital
Gardening Hacks & Arduino
May: Firefly Workshop

Plus: Demo nights each month featuring MAX/MSP, Raspberry Pi, and Processing & Arduino.

We are currently filling our calendar for 2014. If you have a class or event you would like to see (or help organize), please contact us!

Possible Classes

We are a loosely organized group of volunteers, so we want to plan stuff that you’re interested in. Below is a list of classes we have held in the past with success, if you are interested in attending any of them, please leave a comment. Once we reach a critical mass we will make the class happen.

Other class ideas we have never tried:

  • LED Pop-up book making
  • Clothes Hacking
  • Nerf Gun Hacking

Do you have an idea for a class?

Is there something you want to learn that isn’t listed here? Do you want to teach something that would fit on this list? Leave a comment and we will try to make that happen too!


  1. Posted March 16, 2011 at 6:06 am | Permalink

    Intro to Arduino, Basic Electronics and Nerf Gun Hacking would interest me a lot. I’ve never been to a hackerspace and I feel like I’ve missed something.

    • georgia
      Posted March 16, 2011 at 4:49 pm | Permalink

      Great Tom! Thanks for posting, if we get some more interest in any of those we’ll let you know or you can always check back to see what others are interested in.

  2. Sarah
    Posted March 17, 2011 at 5:25 pm | Permalink

    Intro Arduino/Soldering, Basic Electronics would be awesome. Also never been to a hackerspace but am interested.

  3. Sammy
    Posted March 22, 2011 at 6:48 pm | Permalink

    Hi Georige.. its your eggdrop lovin’ friend Sammy!… you know Corey and I would love an Intro Arduino class!

  4. Rajiv
    Posted March 28, 2011 at 3:37 pm | Permalink

    I have a basic knowledge of circuits and programing and I’m interested in an Arduino workshop. Current Arduino based goals, programmable LED bike lights and a breathalyzer that can at some later date be turned into a game (not as complicated as DrunkenNES)

  5. Tess
    Posted April 1, 2011 at 3:38 am | Permalink

    I’d be interested in intro to electronics and intro to arduino. I’m a total, total beginner.

  6. Abraham
    Posted April 3, 2011 at 5:06 pm | Permalink

    Basic electronics, intro to Aurduino/soldering would be great.

  7. Sarah
    Posted April 4, 2011 at 3:51 pm | Permalink

    Another complete beginner– interested in intro to arduino, beginning electronics, clothes hacking, intro to kinetic sculpture! I have friends who would come, too, let’s make a class happen!

  8. Posted April 6, 2011 at 2:15 pm | Permalink

    Lock Picking Class – An Intro in to lock picking …similar to the lock picking village @ HOPE.

  9. Nilessa
    Posted April 7, 2011 at 11:15 pm | Permalink

    I have a 13 y.o. son who would dig Nerf Gun Hacking and has played around with X-Box control modification with mixed results ! I love found object jewelry making….Keep us posted and we’ll be there.

  10. Posted April 27, 2011 at 9:39 pm | Permalink

    I can’t wait for the Arduino class this weekend! I’ve had one sitting in a box for ages. I might know someone(s) who could teach lockpicking (and in fact there’s a TOOOL chapter in NJ. I’d be into teaching how to make audio and network cables. They are great intros to soldering and crimping. Would love to do a clothes hacking day! I can see a room full of sewing machines and a huge stack of old clothes.

    I would like to learn how to make my own perfect bike light. And also how to make bike-powered stuff. It should be pretty simple, but I never know what to look for in inverters. Maybe that could be an applied intro to electronics?

  11. Jon
    Posted May 4, 2011 at 12:56 pm | Permalink

    I just found this site and saw that I missed the arduino class! Im interested in this class if it runs again. Im trying to use max/msp with arduino and would be into signing up for this class. I will keep checking back!

  12. Lillian
    Posted June 7, 2011 at 4:49 pm | Permalink

    My 14-year-old son is stranded in a family of writers, and he needs somewhere to learn about all the cool stuff he wants to do. He’d be interested in Intro to Arduino, Intro to Soldering, Intro to Kinetic Sculpture, LED Pop-up book making, Basic Electronics, Nerf Gun Hacking, and no doubt a huge variety of other classes. Thanks for existing!

  13. ze
    Posted June 9, 2011 at 5:37 pm | Permalink

    do the arduino class again! would definitely go

  14. Josh
    Posted June 17, 2011 at 4:56 pm | Permalink

    Would love to take intro to soldering for minor electronics repairs and to learn how to build my own gadgets.

  15. Posted June 21, 2011 at 1:34 pm | Permalink

    Trying to get ahold of you guys. Cannot find a contact number or email.

  16. Eileen
    Posted July 13, 2011 at 5:38 pm | Permalink

    Intro to arduino and intro to kinetic sculpture….would be great.

  17. Lauren
    Posted July 24, 2011 at 12:00 am | Permalink

    All of those classes would be of interest to me.

    I’ll spread the word at my local CC (Atlantic Cape, New Jersey) if you have classes lined up…

  18. Rachel
    Posted July 25, 2011 at 5:38 pm | Permalink

    I’d be interested in attending the basic electronics, nerf gun hacking, recycled electronics jewelry making, and I would bring my little brother to the Arduino workshop for sure (just because I’ve already learned how to use them but don’t own any)!

  19. Posted July 29, 2011 at 5:18 pm | Permalink

    I would love to see a programming class for young beginners, as early as 7 years old, 2nd grade. At this age they can write, etc, …Make a duck quack, etc. Kids love computers, lets help find Philly regions next prodigy’s.

  20. Maanvi
    Posted July 29, 2011 at 7:52 pm | Permalink

    I’m definately interested in an Intro to Arduino class.

  21. Bob
    Posted August 1, 2011 at 10:32 pm | Permalink

    Very interested in Arduino class. Have Python experience, but little experience in soldering & reading electronic diagrams.

  22. Bill Shapiro
    Posted August 24, 2011 at 12:38 pm | Permalink

    animation classes

  23. ap
    Posted August 29, 2011 at 11:20 am | Permalink

    Intro to Arduino

  24. Kevin Wheeler
    Posted October 9, 2011 at 5:01 pm | Permalink

    I’d be interested in a basic electronics and intro to soldering class. Thanks!

  25. rodney gordon
    Posted November 13, 2011 at 10:26 pm | Permalink

    Would you consider an Intro to Arduino class on Saturday the 10th of December 2011? Can’t make it for the November class.

    • georgia
      Posted November 16, 2011 at 2:16 pm | Permalink

      Rodney, sorry I didn’t reply sooner. We now have a different class scheduled on Dec 10, and we like to have at least 4 weeks to promote that class. We’re going to aim for a class or other Arduino event this winter, so check back in January.

  26. Posted December 12, 2011 at 5:32 am | Permalink

    +1 for Arduino

  27. mp
    Posted December 30, 2011 at 2:31 am | Permalink

    +1 for Recycled Electronic Jewelry Class (coppertronic, i like to call it)

    +1 for Intro to Kinetic Sculpture

    +1 for Kinetic Recycled Jewerly (a new combo topic)

  28. Posted January 17, 2012 at 8:39 pm | Permalink

    intro to arduino/ intro to electronics/ soldering /an intermediate arduino with some type of project output would be great as well after the intro, i took an intro to electronics course at nextfab so i have a little experience

  29. JR
    Posted January 19, 2012 at 9:04 pm | Permalink

    I’d be into:
    Intro to Arduino
    Intro to Soldering
    + anything similar, cheers

  30. Robert Wylie
    Posted February 15, 2012 at 6:19 pm | Permalink

    I’m interested in a kinetic sculpture class but also an intro to electronics,

  31. Posted February 18, 2012 at 12:57 pm | Permalink

    Do the arduino class again. I’ll sign up!

  32. Posted February 18, 2012 at 12:58 pm | Permalink

    soldering class as well…

  33. Dave
    Posted March 28, 2012 at 11:20 pm | Permalink

    I also vote for the intros to Arduino and soldering
    …and sure why not, the sex toy hacking workshop (ah crap, I missed it!)

  34. Shannon Mullowney
    Posted May 3, 2012 at 8:43 am | Permalink

    I am a teacher from Perkiomen Valley SD and am interested in seeing if you have any oppurtunities for middle school students as a field trip or if you would come out to our school to share what your organization is about.

  35. David
    Posted May 19, 2012 at 3:22 pm | Permalink

    Something with the raspberry pi board/computer

  36. Richard
    Posted July 5, 2012 at 8:16 pm | Permalink

    Hello — Have you decided about July’s Soft Circuit Saturday? I am hoping it is the 21st [[ Please let me know it sounds great — thanks

  37. Posted August 13, 2012 at 11:38 am | Permalink

    I’m interested in the Intro to Arduino and Intro to Kinetic Sculpture classes … plus I’d really like the Basic Electronics class if you decide to do it

  38. Cat
    Posted August 14, 2012 at 4:41 pm | Permalink

    I’d be interested in Intro to Soldering, Into to Arduino, Sex Toy Hacking Workshop, Design Day, Basic Web Development, Clothes Hacking, and Basic Electronics.

  39. Mike Mangino
    Posted August 15, 2012 at 8:35 pm | Permalink

    I would love to take the Intro to Arduino class

  40. Nicole
    Posted March 11, 2013 at 4:21 pm | Permalink

    Definitely interested in Intro to Arduino, Audio, Sensors, Soldering, and Circuits.

  41. Dylan Pierce
    Posted July 5, 2013 at 1:38 pm | Permalink

    I would love to attend or help teach a class devoted to Raspberry Pi’s. I’ve completed a few projects myself.

  42. modusjonens
    Posted September 18, 2013 at 1:32 pm | Permalink

    A course on designing/printing custom PCBs would be awesome!

    • Georgia
      Posted September 22, 2013 at 11:03 am | Permalink

      Yes it would! we actually looked into that for our firefly project but didn’t have quite enough time. We did end up making miniboards to go with the Mini-Pro Arduinos we used, to help guide our volunteers on where to put all the resistors, etc. We’ll post photos soon!

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