'Getting Started' Feb 15 with Makey Makeys

Want to explore and expand your tech side? In two Getting Started classes at the Fond du Lac Public Library’s Idea Studio, makers will learn how to use the Makey Makey and Raspberry Pi, equipment that’s available free for checkout with a valid library account. Getting Started classes are free and open to adults and children aged 13 or older. Space is limited; online-only registration begins at 9:30 a.m. two weeks before the class at fdlpl.org, click Calendar.

  • Getting Started with Makey Makeys, 6 p.m. Wednesday, February 15: Makey Makeys are called “invention kits for everyone.” You’ll learn to how use them to control a computer using fruits, vegetables, foil, pencil lead and other items. By conducting electricity through these random objects, the kits can be used for gaming, prototyping inventions, creating musical instruments and a lot more. This hands-on class is geared for Makey Makey beginners and will cover setup and will walk through a few projects. Registration starts Feb 1 at the Calendar.
  • Getting Started with Raspberry Pi, 6 p.m. Wednesday, March 1. Raspberry Pi is a wallet-sized computer that connects to your TV. It was designed to be an inexpensive way to teach coding and has become popular among learners and hobbyists. The library’s Kano kits include the Raspberry Pi and package it with custom software, instructions and accessories designed to teach basic computer mechanics. This hands-on class is geared for beginners and will cover how to connect and set up a Kano kit, demonstrate a few applications and uncover some of the uses for the basic Raspberry Pi. Basic computer literacy is helpful. Registration starts Feb 15 at the Calendar.

The Idea Studio makerspace is permanent do-it-yourself zone in the library’s lower level with equipment to use for free and DIY programming. The Idea Studio is open 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Fridays and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. the second and fourth Saturdays of the month. More information is available at www.fdlpl.org/ideastudio or by calling (920) 322-3946 during studio open hours.


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