Saturday, April 2: Arduino Day Celebration- Learn and Make (Intro to C)

March 29, 2016



April 2nd is Arduino Day. HackPittsburgh is celebrating with a presentation and demonstration and paid class. Come learn, see, and make!

What is an Arduino you ask? 

Its a tiny and cheap portable computer which allows you to do cool stuff and build cool gadgets! Arduino is the most popular gadget used at makerspaces all over the world. It was the fuel of the maker revolution! Be a part of the revolution, learn to program one! Read more here:

The presentation 

We will teach you all about the Arduino, what is a micro-controller and how to use one. It will also be a basic introduction of the C programming language.

Learn More and Make (Paid Class)

If you are interested in learning more, and building something using the arduino, at 11am we are teaching Introduction to Arduino Programming Class: Program your own Traffic Light. The cost covers materials and food.

More details here.

Buy tickets here:


Thank you BoXZY!!!!

March 17, 2016

BoXZY HackPGH Thanks!

We want to personally thank BoXZY for donating one of their revolutinary machines to HackPGH.

This sleek, amazing machine is an all-in-one beast!!! Having a 3D Printer, CNC Machine, and even a Laser Engraver on board, it truly is One Tool to Rule Them All!!! If you haven’t seen one we highly recommend checking their site out then dropping by our shop to see it in person!

We have a feeling this is going to be one of the most popular tools at HackPGH!


<3 HackPGH!


Saturday, March 26:Learn to Solder Class- Make your own Arduino

March 4, 2016
Photo credit: Tyler Cooper

Photo credit: Tyler Cooper

This class will teach you to solder or help you practice your skills if they are a little rusty. We will guide you through the process of building an Arduino from a kit. Kits will be provided and in the end you will go home with your brand new DIY Arduino ready to make your project dreams come true.

Class Time: 10am-4pm (You can leave earlier if you finish soldering earlier, everyone goes at their own pace)

Class Cost: $40 (You get your own Arduino, and the skills to solder! You also get lunch (probably pizza)

Recommended Age Group: 8-99 (kids must be accompanied by adults)

Buy Ticket at:

Special Discount: 

If you buy the soldering class, you get 50% off the Introductory Arduino Programming Class: Intro to C on April 2nd: The next Saturday. Email for the discount code if you plan to buy the Programming Class.

For $60 you will have the knowledge to Solder, Your own Arduino, and the skills to program an Arduino, and your own traffic lights with sensors.

Programming Class Link:

More Classes:

This class is in a series of  upcoming monthly classes at HackPittsburgh:

• Basic Electricity and Electronics (if you missed it, will be repeated soon)

• Learn to Solder (This class)

• Basic Arduino Programming (April 2nd: Arduino Day)

• Advanced Arduino Programming (TBD)

• Sensors Sensors Sensors! (TBD)

• Motor Control (TBD)

• Basic Electronics Part 2: Semiconductors and op-amps (TBD)

While attendance at one class isn’t required to attend any of the others, with this series of classes you can build your own arduino microcontroller and learn how to do cool things with it. As an added bonus, we will be providing discount codes at each class for the following classes. So, the more you learn, the more you save!



Friday,February 12:Introductory Programming in Python: Free Course

February 2, 2016



This is an INTRODUCTORY class for people wanting to start learning how to program computers. It is intended for people who have never programmed anything before; we can’t cram an entire college-level programming class into one evening, but this class should leave you in a good place to keep learning on your own or attend one of our classes on more advanced topics.

The class will cover:

* Getting set up with a programming environment
* Basic input and output
* Logic, math and decision making
* Structured programming with functions
* How to make a basic calculator program

The class is taught in Python, an easy to learn but very powerful programming language, widely used in fields as diverse as scientific programming, web development, scripting, and video games. There will be follow-on classes dealing with more advanced programming, and on interfacing with the Raspberry Pi computer to control electronics systems such as robots.

You will need:

• A laptop! Or some other computer. Windows or Mac or Linux, anything will work.

• Python! Download it from and install it on your laptop ahead of time.

• A text editor! I recommend Sublime Text ( or Notepad++ (, both of which have functional free versions.

• Your brain!

Class begins at 7:30pm

HackPittsburgh is in the garage around back on Watson St


Saturday,January 30:Basic Electronics Class- Make your own Piano

January 4, 2016


Interested in Electronics? Want to build cool gadgets? Want to make your own Robot and take over the world? Come to HackPittsburgh and learn all about the basics of electronics, and build your own electronic piano!

Purchase tickets at Eventbrite. Cost is $30

10am-4pm (Lunch provided at 12pm)

HackPGH Members get a 10% discount. Email for the discount code.

Topics which will be covered include:

  • What is electricity?
  • Essential concepts like: Voltage,Current, Resistance, Power
  • Ohms Law
  • Series and parallel circuits
  • Capacitors and Inductors
  • Electronic Speakers
  • 555 timer IC chips
  • How to use a breadboard
  • How the electronic piano works.


This is a 4 hour course with lunch at noon (pizza provided). You get all the materials (including breadboard), and detailed instructions on how to build the piano. We will make sure that everyone has their piano working before you leave! Of course you get to keep the breadboard and everything you built.

Reccomended Age: 10 and older. Some very basic algebra will be covered. Kids must be accompanied by Adult (18+)

Prior knowledge: Basics of elementary school chemistry and physics, pre-algebra

This is part of a series of courses at HackPittsburgh designed to educate the general public about science and technology. The course series consists of:

  • Basic Electricity and Electronics
  • Learn to Solder
  • Basic Arduino Programming
  • Advanced Arduino Programming
  • Sensors Sensors Sensors
  • Motor Control

If you take all the courses, you will roughly have the knowledge to build your own 3D printer from a kit. Join our mechanical club to learn all the mechanical knowledge needed!

More courses may be added in the future. If you have an idea for one and want to learn something, let us know!