Workshops

Our workshops are entirely hands-on, and are designed for four or five students to learn together at one time. This ensures that you each get real practical knowledge and can customize your learning experience to suit you!

We regularly schedule our more popular courses, but some workshops are scheduled by demand. If you'd like to take a course with us, but don't see it scheduled, please email us!

Digital Fabrication

DF 101 - Introduction to Laser Cutting and Engraving

In this first-level course, you will learn how to use OSML’s laser cutter to cut, etch, and engrave a variety of materials up to 22”x33” and ⅜” thick, including wood, glass, granite, plastics, foam, paper, cardboard, leather, or fabric. Come see what this machine can do! 

As a part of this course, you will see examples of a wide variety of items that can be created. You will also have an opportunity to design and create some of your own sample items to take home.

DF 301 - Introduction to 3D Printing

In this class, you will learn how to use our Afinia 480 printers to bring digital files to the physical world! You will also learn about different materials, procedures, and file types specific to our machines. We'll discuss what parameters to pay attention to for a successful print, and discuss factors that could cause your print to fail. Also as a part of the course, you'll get to download an object of your choice and print it yourself!

Metalworking

ME 101 - Metal Shop Basics

You will learn to work with cutting and shaping tools for metal. The focus of this course will be on thicker pieces of metal such as steel and aluminum tube and angle iron, though we will touch on sheet metal as well. This class will cover general machine shop safety, process specific safety, and general use of OSML’s chop saw, sheet metal sheer/brake/roller, metal band saw, drill press, and angle grinder, and electric shears.

ME 102 - Flux Core Welding

This two-hour class takes you through the basic steps and safety tips for operating our Lincoln 140c Power MIG welder. In this class, you will learn safety precautions and procedures for welding, how to properly set up the welder for flux core welding, and how to restore the system for next use. We will practice welding steel with different types of joints and applications, and provide you with some tips and tricks for successful welds.

Woodworking

ME 101 - Wood Shop Basics

You will learn to work with cutting and shaping tools for wood and particle board. The focus of this class will be on a wide variety of common, inexpensive materials, such as particle board and melamine, plywood, and solid wood panels in a variety of thicknesses. This class will cover general machine shop safety, process specific safety, and general use of OSML’s hand power tools, panel saw, compound miter saw, and hand router.

Electronics

EL 101 - Basic Electronics

This workshop covers the purpose and use of electronic components that you can use in a variety of projects. We explain the basics of "how it works" and why. Learn how to read and create schematics to design your own electronic projects. 

 EL 102 - Introduction to Soldering

Soldering is one of the most fundamental skills in electronics. This workshop teaches you the basics of soldering electronic components to printed circuit boards (PCBs), We also cover desoldering techniques for removal or replacement of components to ensure you have the skills you need to prototype and produce your components. 

El 201 - Introduction to PCB Design

You will learn to work with cutting and shaping tools for wood and particle board. The focus of this class will be on a wide variety of common, inexpensive materials, such as particle board and melamine, plywood, and solid wood panels in a variety of thicknesses. This class will cover general machine shop safety, process specific safety, and general use of OSML’s hand power tools, panel saw, compound miter saw, and hand router.

Computers & Coding

  CC 101 - Arduino Experimentation Lab 1

This is a hands-on, lab-based workshop to get you started with the Arduino through experiments on 6 different electronic circuits. Using the ARDX kit, we’ll get you up and running with a genuine Arduino and step through a series of electronic circuit experiments that showcase the capabilities of the Arduino. Each experiment involves both hardware and software, and is extendible to meet the needs of beginners and more experienced participants.

This first set of experiments cover microcontroller basics, LEDs, transistors, motors, and integrated circuits.

  CC 102 - Arduino Experimentation Lab 2

This is a hands-on, lab-based workshop to get you started with the Arduino through experiments on 6 different electronic circuits beyond those covered in Lab 1. Using the ARDX kit, we’ll get you up and running with a genuine Arduino and step through a series of electronic circuit experiments that showcase the capabilities of the Arduino. Each experiment involves both hardware and software, and is extendible to meet the needs of beginners and more experienced participants.

This second set of experiments cover microcontroller basics, pushbuttons, variable resistors, photo resistors, temperature sensors and relays.

  CC 103 - Arduino Experimentation Lab 3

This is a hands-on, lab-based workshop to get you started with the Arduino through experiments on 6 different electronic circuits beyond those covered in Lab 1. Using the ARDX kit, we’ll get you up and running with a genuine Arduino and step through a series of electronic circuit experiments that showcase the capabilities of the Arduino. Each experiment involves both hardware and software, and is extendible to meet the needs of beginners and more experienced participants.

This second set of experiments cover microcontroller basics, pushbuttons, variable resistors, photo resistors, temperature sensors and relays.

  CC 201 - Raspberry Pi Experimentation Lab 1

This is a hands-on, lab-based workshop to get you started with the Arduino through experiments on 6 different electronic circuits beyond those covered in Lab 1. Using the ARDX kit, we’ll get you up and running with a genuine Arduino and step through a series of electronic circuit experiments that showcase the capabilities of the Arduino. Each experiment involves both hardware and software, and is extendible to meet the needs of beginners and more experienced participants.

This second set of experiments cover microcontroller basics, pushbuttons, variable resistors, photo resistors, temperature sensors and relays.

  CC 202 - Raspberry Pi Experimentation Lab 2

This is a hands-on, lab-based workshop to get you more acquainted with the Raspberry Pi through experiments with programming and electronic components. Each experiment involves both hardware and software, and is extendible to meet the needs of beginners and more experienced makers.

These experiments cover shell scripting and interfacing with external hardware.

  CC 203 - Raspberry Pi Experimentation Lab 3

This is a hands-on, lab-based workshop to get you started with the Raspberry Pi through experiments with coding and electronic components. Each experiment involves both hardware and software, and is extendible to meet the needs of beginners and more experienced participants.

The experiments cover using the Raspberry Pi to connect to Particle’s full-stack Internet of Things (IoT) device platform.