May 2017: Upcoming Classes and Events in May!

April 28, 2017

May is going to be a busy month for HackPittsburgh!

Intro to Oscilloscopes Class Description

This is a brand new interactive lecture/demonstration at HackPittsburgh on the fundamentals of oscilloscopes, what they are, how to use them, and various tips and tricks for getting started on your own project.

We will be using 4 different oscilloscopes. 1 of them analog, 1 of them digital but from the 80s, and 2 modern professional digital oscilloscopes.

Students will be able to play with the oscilloscopes, and try them out. Its not just a lecture, you will be able to learn by doing.

The lecture will be taught by an  Electrical Engineer who uses an oscilloscope, practically every single day, for his day job.

There will be some basic math involved, and maybe a tiny bit of algebra here and there, but nothing too fancy. Very basic stuff. No hand calculations of the Fourier Transform (Im sorry to disappoint).

The following topics will be covered

1: What is an Oscilloscope and how it can be your friend?

2: Analog vs Digital Scopes

3: What are signals, what is frequency, the fundamentals of digital signal processing

4: Sampling rate vs Data points vs Bandwidth

5: Using digital oscilloscopes to look at digital communication signals, UART, i2c, SPI.

6: Triggering digital communication signals

7: What kind of oscilloscope do you really need? How much money should you spend?

Learn to Solder Class Description

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.

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

Visit Eventbrite  to buy ticket for this class.


April 21, 2017: Hacking Food and Drink

April 17, 2017
Time of event: 7:30 – 9:00 pm with discussion and Q&A.
It’s easy in this culture to get in a routine of eating prepackaged food, fast food, and restaurant meals.  Fewer people today know how to cook than generations before. But like any craft or art form, cooking is a matter of practice and inspiration. And the same approach can apply to mixing drinks, whether with alcohol or not.
This talk features a different perspective on cooking from HackPittsburgh member Scott, an amateur scratch cook and experimental mixologist.
This talk will feature History of Shrubs and home made alcohol

April 1, 2017: Intro to Electronic Sensors with Arduino Class

March 18, 2017

In this class you will learn about many  types of sensors, including: switches, voltage dividers, potentiometers, ultrasonic distance sensors, and my personal favorite, the accelerometer (you have one in your smartphone. It allows your phone to do magic!)

You will learn the electrical and physics properties of these sensors and the proper way to use them, including various tricks to remove noise, and get the most efficiency out of them.

Buy tickets here!

What do I get for my money?

You will receive:

Ultrasonic distance sensor (0.5 inches-14 feet), accelerometer(3 axis, +-3g), breadboard, jumper wires, a couple of switches, potentiometer, various resistors.

• You will also receive the knowledge to use these sensors properly, and personal help from experienced engineers at HackPittsburgh to get started with your sensors project.

How close am I to building a robot or 3d printer if I take this class?

You are actually very close. A robot or 3d printer needs a brain (computer or Arduino), sensors (learn about them in this class), and motors (learn about them in the next class).  You also need to know basic machine tool skills (come to HackPGH during mechanical club and we will teach you!)

You should know the very basics of C/C++ or similar language, and basic familiarity with your Arduino. If you are new to Arduino, we will help you get started.

This class requires that you have an Arduino. If you don’t have one, let us know (a few weeks ahead of time) and we may be able to sell you one. The type of Arduino doesn’t matter (Uno, Mega, Due, etc).

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

Lunch: Light refreshments will be served during lunch. We will order Pizza together at $5 a person (depending on number of people)

More Classes for 2017!!!

• Basic Electricity and Electronics (Already happened)

• Learn to Solder (Already happened)

• Basic Arduino Programming (Already happened)

• Sensors Sensors Sensors! (This class)

• Intro to Oscilloscopes (This one is free! Probably April or early May)

• Advanced Arduino Programming (TBD)

• Motor Control (TBD)

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


March 17, 2017: 3D Printer Tuning

March 12, 2017


3D Printer Tuning

Friday, March 17 at 7:30pm

The official follow up to the HackPGH / 3DPPGH Build day, you can come and see the i3 Printers being dialed in and learn about bed leveling, PID tuning, software setup and more. The printers will be tweaked and tuned and you can see how these simple process can greatly improve your printing.


Take a Virtual Tour Of HackPGH!

February 26, 2017

Our member Joachim, also known as Makerj101 on Youtube. Came and filmed a tour of our space! Check it out!

While you’re on his youtube channel, Check out his other awesome videos and subscribe!