Mitch Altman

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August 5, 2020

Here's the September 2020 STEAM Camp - remote event, OSE ships kits. Please see your role - as you teach on the Arduino Day.

For the Arduino teaching day:

1. Summary: you teach your 4 hour course, but add a build of the minimalist arduino from scratch. I We have a regular Arduino Uno clone shipped to people as well, so they can follow along. Do you have any other components that you use in your workshop? I need the detailed BOM so I can ship in like 2 weeks from now. Can we straighten all the details out by then regarding parts?

2. Please review the Minimalist Arduino Design from scratch - Is this doable? Is that exactly as it should be? Anything missing that would prevent it from working? We mentioned uploading the software via another Arduino Uno as a hack for programming.

3. Do you have your typical 4 hour curriculum linked somewhere so I get a better sense for the announcement?

4. I'm trying to post this weekend. And I can pull off a picture of you and bio from Wikipedia, unless you have a favorite picture or bio that you want me to use.

How does this sound?


July 5, 2020

Hi Mitch,

1. To follow up on the STEAM Camp for September. Please find the minimalist Arduino concept with all parts laid out:

Feel free to edit that doc, it's open - just click Edit under the embedded doc.

Does that look right to you? We discussed the absolute minimum, where we even use another Arduino for the programming. Since the STEAM camp would include an Arduino Uno anyway - that is a good way to go for people - so they get experience both with the Uno and the DIY version. Do the components that I selected look good to you? Do you have any better suggestions? If so, please include them on Slide 2 - Alternative Sourcing. They are as I would want to get them and ship them to people. The breadboard route seems simplest to implement.

Please also add notes on the curriculum that you would teach on the 3rd slide.

2. I am also thinking that I could maybe do a Part 2 after your presentation, focusing on power applications. Where we solder the components - on a small 3D printed circuit board (board with holes for components + 3D printed terminals) - effectively an 'embedded system power supply'. This would be a functional setup, where we could do, for example, a small DC switch mode, transformerless, dirty power supply for 5A at 24V. So we would add a rectifier, transistor, fuse, and heat sink. This would be a power electronics experiment for a DIY DC power supply. We could actually use one like that in practice for our 3D printer. We already use a GFCI on our 3D printer for safety, so a power supply like this appears to be relatively safe. What do you think? Or is this too much for people to handle in one day?

3. Is there a time in September that works better for you, or do you have no preference? We are thinking of breaking the Camp into 3 or 4 weekends.

Thanks, Marcin

Jun 2, 2020

Tue Feb 4, 2020

  • Come up with a first draft of Cordless Drill challenge, after some comments from Mitch.
  • STEAM Camp Schedule
  • Mitch can do it anywhere. By the time we publicize, we have an outline. Cost structure. First 4 days are more stuctured. Then rest can be more outlined in a vague way. We have an exammple project that we want to kick off.
  • OSE Collaboration Protocol
  • Curriculum for September 1. Start with a curriculum. Then put out the word massively.
  • Hackerspace Ghent. Good place to have as well. All bunch of spacers.
  • 50 people max event - with Mitch.
  • Sep 1-9. For Mitch Altman. Member of small hackerspace. More people. In Wales - there are 2 chapels. Chapels there. Economy depressed since mining. Cheap to buy. 50k pounds each. Astroship - super fun, voyage. .
  • 10,000 units sold per year - plus several thousand kits sold per year. 700k sold.
  • Share this with some friends.
  • People interested in this? Hundreds of Hackerspaces all around.
  • TV-B-Gone - 2004. So explore the possibility of making a living from a project they love.
  • Arduino from kit, basic electronics, TVBgone. Charges materials and low cost.
  • Platform like Github that they contribute to - contributions that are redeemed for value
  • Solution - communities all over the place, all helping each other. Large or small, supporting each other.
  • Bucky Fuller
  • 13 years - hackerspaces - 1000s of these. Challenging. We need these more than ever.
  • Community - as physical community.
  • Rural areas it's challenging to meet. Internet as a tool.