What are Tinkerer Workshops?Tinkerer Workshops are based around the open hardware platform of the BeagleBone Black and designed to teach you the basics of electronics and programming.
The workshops will be run by a Logic Supply Engineer with a couple of Technical TAs to help you get to grips with the BeagleBone Black. Each workshop starts with an introduction to the BeagleBone Black outlining its key features, providing you with the background knowledge to get started. Working in pairs, you will take on a series of projects that ramp up in complexity, teaching you new skills at each level.
View the Tinkerer Workshop Schedule
How Techie Do I Need To Be?The workshops have been designed to be accessible for all ages* and levels of technical abilities. While the seasoned engineer may find the basic level projects a breeze, there are more challenging ones that you can quickly progress to. As the name of the workshop suggests, we welcome tinkering with the code to see how it impacts the output.
You can view the different projects below and view the walkthrough guides.
*We welcome budding young techies, but if you are under the age of 10 parental supervision is required.
Do I Need to Bring Anything?No. Just yourself and an eagerness to learn.
IntroductionA brief overview of the BeagleBone Black, explaining the benefits of this platform and how it is different to other boards, such as the Raspberry Pi and Arduino. In the introduction you will also get a guided tour of the board and it's features.
View Project 1 Guide
View Project 2 Guide
Project 3 - Read a Push Button Switch, Control 3 LEDsBuilding upon the circuit from Project 2, you will incorporate a push button switch that will start and stop the LEDs blinking.
View Project 3 Guide
Project 4 - Read a Push Button, Control a BuzzerIn Project 4 you will build a new circuit with a buzzer and push button. When you run the code you will be able to control the buzzer with the push button. By playing with the code you can control the volume and frequency of the buzzer.
View Project 4 Guide
Project 5 - Read Temperature and Control a BuzzerBuilding upon this new circuit with a buzzer, you will remove the push button and add a temperature sensor to control the buzzer.
View Project 5 Guide