What is electricity? This course will aim to shed light on the elusive, invisible force that has become an integral part of our lives. Through hands-on experimentation in a small classroom environment, participants will learn to detect, quantify, and manipulate electricity in the tradition of the great pioneers of this science such as Michael Faraday and Nikola Tesla.
This two-session introductory course will start by outlining the basic laws and characteristics of electricity, and then go on to introduce and explain the components that come together to make amplifiers, musical synthesizers, clocks, and computers. We will learn to read schematic diagrams and will be guided through the construction of a few basic circuits and will then work our way up to building a simple music synthesizer . Participants will leave the course with electrical confidence and hunger for gadgetary exploration. $30 materials fee included in the price buys an extensive kit of materials for further experimentation.
159 Pioneer St
In this lesson, students will be introduced to the basic laws that govern electricity. Through demonstration and hands-on experimentation, this lesson will introduce the concepts and components that are involved in electric circuits. Students will see the effect of switches, LEDs, resistors, and capacitors on the flow of electricity and will build a few basic circuits using those components.
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm EDTAdd to Cal
159 Pioneer St.
In this lesson, students will use the components from the previous lesson to build more complex circuits and will be introduced to the world of Integrated Circuits. We will experiment with sensors, speakers, and microphones as means of using physical mediums to interact with the flow of electricity. At the end of this lesson, students will have completed a small square-wave synthesizer to take home.
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm EDTAdd to Cal
This class will be co-taught. The hardware elements will be taught by David Sheinkopf and the software elements will be taught by Stacey Mulcahy.
David Sheinkopf taught in the NY school system for 10 years and has spent the last 5 of those years developing a curriculum for teaching analog and digital electronics to high school students in order to prepare them for life in an increasingly-electrified world. Before teaching, Sheinkopf worked in a garage that specialized in vintage european sports cars making him as comfortable with a box wrench as he is with a soldering iron. His electronic work has been used by artists at MoMa, The Brooklyn Museum, the Red Hook Criterium, and in various gallery shows. He is currently the director of education at The Intercourse, an arts exhibition space and cultural center in Brooklyn.
Stacey Mulcahy is the Lead Developer with Brooklyn based interactive agency Big Spaceship. Prior to joining the team, she has worked at Teknision and Fuel Industries in Ottawa, Canada and IQ Interactive in Atlanta in a variety of development roles. A seasoned public speaker, technical editor and instructor, Stacey enjoys sharing her love for her work in interactive development. Stacey considers her lack of verbal filter and extreme candor just a small part of her womanly charms.