Electronic & Technical Arts Classes

    • Thursday, October 04, 2018
    • Thursday, December 13, 2018
    • 10 sessions
    • BARN ETA Studio

    The BARN chapter of Girls Who Code meets Thursdays after school (except for holidays). 

    The current session is underway. 

    For more info about joining the fall sessions or future sessions, contact Julie Leung 206-842-4475 x 221 or julie@bainbridgebarn.org

    General Info About Girls Who Code

    Girls Who Code is an organization founded with a single mission: To close the gender gap in technology. Computer coding is relevant to all sorts of interests, not just computer science.

    It's free. There is no charge to participate in this program. 

    Girls Who Code has reached almost 90,000 girls of all backgrounds in all 50 states. Now it reaches Bainbridge and neighboring communities thanks to a generous grant from the Suquamish Foundation and support from BARN and local volunteers. 

    Materials: None! BARN provides workstations. Participants can also bring their own laptop or Chromebook. 

    Skill Level: All. There are zero prerequisites.

    Ages: Grades 6 - 12

    Additional info about the Girls Who Code program is at https://girlswhocode.com/

    From the Girl's Who Code organization: "Girls Who Code's mission is to create gender parity within technology by providing a unique educational experience for young women to learn computer science. Interested participants who self-identify as female are welcome to apply to our programs. This includes students who were not assigned to the female sex at birth but live and identify as girls now. It also includes students who are legally assigned to the female sex, but who now identify as transgender or gender fluid."


    • Saturday, December 01, 2018
    • 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Electronic Technical Arts Studio
    • 23

    Designed as a user's guide to BARN ETA studio, this free orientation session is highly recommended for all participants. It will cover everything from studio etiquette and policies to an overview of what we have and where stuff is. 

    You'll get to see the 3D printers, laser cutter, soldering station, hand tools and more. Overall BARN policies as well as studio-specific ones will also be covered.

    Participants will also learn about the leadership structure within ETA  and about opportunities to participate in helping everything run smoothly. Volunteer jobs range range from serving as studio monitors to helping with studio maintenance.

    This event is free but please register so we know how many to expect.

    Contact: ETA.Lead@BainbridgeBARN.org


    • Saturday, December 01, 2018
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • BARN ETA Studio, Class Code EL120118TS
    • 5
    The perfect project for the new HAM radio operator who wants to extend the range of their hand-held UHF/VHF radio with a portable roll-up antenna. The class is hands on. You will build your own J-Pole antenna to take home and use. You will learn to solder and crimp while building the antenna.

    Your antenna can be rolled up to make it portable, or you can encase it in PVC pipe and use it as a permanent or semi-permanent installation at your HAM radio shack.  

    A materials fee of $10 will be collected along with the class registration fee. This provides you with all materials to build your antenna and take it home with you.

    Instructor Bios: Wade WA7DE and Jim K7EXP both hold the Extra certification, the highest HAM certification. Jim, K7EXP, received a BA in Chemistry and Biology from PLU and an MS in Oceanography from OSU. He spent his civilian career exploring the world’s oceans while doing highly complex technical and scientific projects. He was an Air Force pilot in Vietnam where he had his first opportunity talking on radios. Jim has built various radio related projects for use when fly fishing and exploring remote locations in the Western US.  He has been active in HAM radio for the last seven years and is a Trustee of the Bainbridge Island Amateur Radio Club. 

    Wade, WA7DE, has been a HAM since the early ‘70’s. He has built a plethora of various types of HAM radio equipment and likes experimenting with and building antennas. He served as a Trustee in the Bainbridge Island Amateur Radio Club. The Bainbridge Island Amateur Radio Club (BARC) supports HAM radio operators and those who want to become HAM radio operators at all levels. The club meets at 9 am for a breakfast meeting at Casa Rojas in the Pavilion on the first Saturday of every month. The club supports various community events such as Chilly Hilly and the Rotary Auction.

    Class size is limited to 10 so be sure to register to snag your spot.

    Contact Annette Walker: ETA.Lead@BainbridgeBARN.org


    • Sunday, December 02, 2018
    • 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
    • Electronic & Technical Arts

    Join others who are learning to use Fusion 360, a program that BARN participants can use to design projects for the new CNC router in the Woodworking Studio, the CNC milling machine or plasma cutter in Metal Arts, or the 3D printers in Electronic & Technical Arts. 

    The users group meets from noon to 2 p.m. on the first and third Sundays of each month to give people a time and place to work on their Fusion projects or simply to develop their Fusion skills. With many people meeting and working together, we’ll be able to share knowledge and increase all of our skillsets. The group is intended as a followup to BARN’s introductory Fusion classes, but people who are learning Fusion on their own are also welcome.

    This event is free for members and $20 for non-members. Please register so we know how many will be attending.

    • Saturday, December 08, 2018
    • 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • ETA Studio Class Code: EL120818RG
    • 4

    Get introduced to 3D printing in this one-hour session. You'll get to see BARN's printers and gain an understanding of how they work and what they can make.

    You will see a computer file get readied for printing in a process called "slicing."

    You'll see the different printers we have and learn about filament, the material 3D printers use to make prints.  We'll start a print and you'll see the printer print.

    3D printing has many uses, ranging from practical to fun, such as replacement parts, mold-making, medical models used in surgery, prototypes and more.  

    Bring your curiosity and questions. You can continue to use the 3D printers at Open Studio where a studio monitor or other member can help you.

    Class size is limited to 6. 


    • Sunday, December 09, 2018
    • 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
    • BARN ETA Studio, Class Code: EL120918AW

    Join us when we fire up a software snowflake generator. Using random numbers, mathematical algorithms, computer code and science, we'll create unique and beautiful snowflakes. 

    You can sit back and watch how its done, or follow along and generate your own snowflake designs during the talk. To generate your own designs, preparation prior to the event will be needed. Please see below.

    Who Is This For?
    This session is for all ages, levels and interests. Anyone with a bit of curiosity about the world around them will get something out of it as will anyone who admires a beautiful snowflake. The more mathematically and computer inclined will see a novel way of using math and learn a new tool. Kids under the age of 14 are most welcome with an accompanying adult.

    This is a free event open to the public. Please register so that we know how many to expect and can set up accordingly.

    More Details 
    We'll use an algorithm that approximates the way that some kinds of snowflakes grow in real life. (Stellar plane crystal snowflakes start from a hexagonal prism seed and then grow outw
    ard with branches and plates whose size and positions are determined by the temperature and humidity of the atmosphere.)

    This talk will get you on your way to making your own unique snowflakes. We'll show you how to generate your own unique snowflake designs. We'll walk through how to prepare the designs for the 3D printer and/or laser cutter. There won't be enough time to print or laser cut the snowflakes but you are welcome to do so during Open Studio. 

    As time allows, hear about the wonders of OpenSCAD and other mathematically generated patterns that are possible. These include voronoi diagrams. Generated by algorithms, voronoi diagrams have practical uses in science, math and engineering such as autonomous robot navigation. Read more about voronoi diagrams on Wikipedia. 

    You will get to see example prints designed in OpenSCAD. These are part of the studio collection of sample prints. As far as anyone knows, these could have been created in more visually oriented CAD software, but were easier and faster to do in OpenSCAD.

    Watch or Make
    You can sit back and watch how its done. Or follow along and generate your own snowflake designs during the talk. To generate your own designs, here's all you need to do. Before the session:

    • Download and install OpenSCAD, free 3D CAD modelling software from http://www.openscad.org/ There are versions for Windows, Mac, Linux and BSD. (if you have trouble installing it, pop in to an open studio and we'll give you a hand)

    • Download the OpenSCAD file that contains the snowflake generator code. It's a text file that contains the logic behind generating snowflakes https://www.thingiverse.com/download:1835031

    If you have any questions or problems, drop in to open studio for assistance.

    A Little Bit About OpenSCAD
    OpenSCAD bills itself as "The Programmers Solid 3D CAD Modeller." From their about page: 

    Unlike most free software for creating 3D models (such as Blender) it does not focus on the artistic aspects of 3D modelling but instead on the CAD aspects. Thus it might be the application you are looking for when you are planning to create 3D models of machine parts but pretty sure is not what you are looking for when you are more interested in creating computer-animated movies.

    About Your Guide For This Event
    Annette Walker is the ETA Studio Lead. She got hooked on OpenSCAD when she used it to design replacement stove knobs that she 3D printed at BARN. These knobs are still in use today. She has an undergrad in engineering. Her favorite use of engineering is to get computers and machines to do the work for her so she can go off and tinker with new projects.

    Contacts: Annette Walker ETA Studio Lead at eta.lead@bainbridgebarn.org

      About ETA Sunday Tech Talks
      Mark your calendar for the second Sunday of each month when ETA holds a free tech talk. Topics are wide-ranging by design. Free for members and non-members. Contact eta.lead@bainbridgebarn.org to volunteer for a future talk or to share your ideas for an interesting topic.

      January's tech talk will be about slide rules, the tool used to help us get to the moon and back yet is a perplexing instrument to today's engineers. Mark your calendar for January 13, 2019 at 1:00 pm.


      Reviewed: 11-12/tt

      • Saturday, December 15, 2018
      • 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM
      • BARN ETA Studio, Class Code: EL121518NA
      • 0
      Join waitlist

      This 2-hour class is designed for makers getting started with the laser cutter in the Electronic and Technical Arts Studio. You will learn how to operate BARN's laser cutter safely as you make a small item.

      The class covers how to prep a design for cutting and engraving on the laser cutter as well as the set-up, settings and operation of the laser cutter.

      Optional: Bring a laptop with Inkscape installed. It is the free design software we use with the laser cutter. Click here to go to Inkscape.org where you can download it. There are versions for Windows, Mac OS and Linux. This is not strictly necessary, but will help you get the most out of this class.

      Successful completion of this workshop is the first step toward becoming qualified for independent operation of the laser cutter. It also prepares you for more advanced laser cutting classes. 

      Class size is limited to 4.

      Contact Annette Walker: ETA.Lead@BainbridgeBARN.org


      • Sunday, January 20, 2019
      • Sunday, January 27, 2019
      • 2 sessions
      • BARN Great Room, Class Code: EL012019KR
      • 9

      Join your friends, neighbors and islanders in obtaining a Technician Amateur Radio License. This two session, intensive class will enable you to pass your FCC Technician License Exam offered at the the conclusion of the second session. About two weeks after the exam you will receive your own call sign from the FCC and be able to operate on the amateur radio bands. 

      In addition to licenses preparation there will be hands-on time to gain practical exposure to radios. After you receive you license and buy a radio, members of the local club will be available to help you get your radios setup and on the air.

      As a licensed Amateur Radio Operator, you will be able to serve your community as well as enjoy a wide range of radio related activities, including:

      • Provide Emergency Communications (Map Your Neighborhood, BI Prepares, …)
      • Support Community Events (Chilly Hilly and Rotary Auction)
      • Using an inexpensive handy-talkie you can use local repeaters all over the US that serve a 50 mile radius
      • Communicate with amateur radio satellites
      • Longer range communications, using HF frequencies (1-30 MHz) are available for voice or digital communication modes (or even Morse code - if you develop the necessary skills) throughout the world
      • Enter contests, collect awards and QSL cards, build antennas and station accessories

      The No-Nonsense Technician Class Study Guide, by Dan Romanchik KB6NU, will be available at the BARN after Jan 5, 2019 for pre-study. You can also download a free PDF copy from the following link: https://www.kb6nu.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/2018-no-nonsense-tech-study-guide-v1-1.pdf

      You can take practice Tech License Exams at ARRL Exam Review for Ham Radio at arrlexamreview.appspot.com

      This class is co-sponsored by BARC (Bainbridge Island Amateur Radio Club)

      Any questions? Contact Ken WA6NFA [krothmuller@gmail.com] or Lionel KI7NNi [lionelhlvrsn@gmail.com] or Brent AE7DY [ae7dy@comcast.net]

      Materials: Materials fees of $25 are included in the cost of the class (covers the $15 cost of the FCC Exam as well as a hard copy of the “No-Nonsense Study Guide for Technician License” book).

      Skill Level: Beginner

      Ages: Ages 14+ 

      Bring a bag lunch. We have a refrigerator for you to store your lunch! 

      Instructor Bios:

      Lionel, KI7NNI, is a Bainbridge Island regional coordinator and instructor for the Kitsap County CERT program. He first learned the importance of radios in emergency communication while working as a New York City paramedic in the 1980s. Lionel enjoys sharing his passion for amateur radio, and is excited about promoting radio as a means of connectivity on the island.

      Ken, WA6NFA, has been a ham since his teenage years. This hobby has lead to EE/Computer Science Degrees and a career in tech at a variety of Silicon Valley companies. He enjoys sharing his passions and interests with others and has taught professionally at Cal Poly, maker spaces and after hours, industry sponsored courses. On the ham front, he is active on HF using CW (morse code) and digital modes.

      Brent, AE7DY, recognized the potentially lifesaving value offered by Amateur Radio communications during an emergency, which motivated him to earn his ham license.   A professional career in IT and networking led him to a focus on the Digital Modes of the hobby in addition to Emergency Communications.  He enjoys equipping others with radio communication skills and introducing them to the fun and fellowship offered by the ham radio community

      Reviewed 11-9/tt

      • Monday, January 21, 2019
      • Monday, February 25, 2019
      • 6 sessions
      • BARN Printmaking Studio, Class Code: PR012119MC
      • 11
      Building confidence in drawing skills can lead to more adventurous and satisfying printmaking. During 6 consecutive Monday evening classes, you will enhance your natural drawing abilities by exploring techniques that will help you to express your own vision as an artist.  Instructor Marc Cooper has broken down the facets of drawing into a series of exercises using a variety of materials. Key skills to be covered include: contour drawing, negative and positive space, values, perspective, pattern, color, composition, and, of course, developing your own style.  As Picasso once said, Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up. 

      Marc will also link drawing skills with their natural extension into a printmaking practice and will visit the printmaking studio during the course of the class.  Open to anyone looking for a foundational introduction to drawing or drawing practice exercises.


      • Prerequisite: none. 
      • The materials fee of $35, included in the price of the class, will cover sketch pad, conté crayons, chalk pastels, technical ink pen, and newsprint.
      • Students will provide their own drawing pencils and eraser. 
      • There is a kitchen in which to store and reheat food, and food is allowed in the common area adjacent to the classroom.


      Marc Cooper is an award-winning Art Director and artist. From childhood he has loved making art, and he has enjoyed a long career as an artist and commercial Art Director, with a focus on drawing, printmaking and publishing (both traditional and digital). He enjoys teaching and sharing his love of art, but, most importantly, he enjoys learning from those he teaches.

      • Saturday, January 26, 2019
      • Sunday, January 27, 2019
      • 2 sessions
      • BARN Small Classroom, Class Code: PR012619RA
      • 17

      This workshop will give participants an overview of key design principles and concepts with an understanding of how visual elements can be used in advancing your artwork. Learn more about color, typography, composition, and imagery. Explore how to apply these core elements through a specific set of in-class design exercises.


      • Prerequisites: none.
      • The $12 material fee, included in the price of the class, covers a useful design text each student will receive.
      • Students will set up a Pinterest account before class and "pin" at least seven items in each of the following categories:
      1. Color
      2. Typography
      3. Pattern or Graphics
      4. Imagery
      • Feel free to bring a sack lunch and snacks; you can store and reheat food in the kitchenette.

      About the Instructor:

      Throughout her career in the media and high-tech industries, including eight years as a Group Design Manager at Microsoft, Robin has produced high-profile design projects and managed award-winning design teams. She is an experienced instructor having taught core principles of design as an Assistant Professor of Design at The Cornish College of the Arts, and visual communication to undergraduate and graduate classes at the University of Washington.

      Learn more about Robin at www.robinavni.com.

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