I hinted about what I’ve been up to recently and I’m now allowed to talk about it more openly. Maker Media (aka Make Magazine) is starting a new online training course offering this summer and after a bit of arm twisting I convinced them that Gadgeteer was worthy and should be included
The courses will be taught through udemy.com and the initial offerings will be:
- Introduction to Raspberry Pi
- Introduction to Arduino
- Design for Desktop 3D Printing
- Introduction to Gadgeteer (taught by me)
I’m sure you all understand what a huge step this is for Gadgeteer to be included in a list like this and I think it shows that the world can accept Gadgeteer in the list of “open” technologies.
This is intended as an introductory level course targeted at beginners with little or no experience with microcontrollers. So, I will be touching on the basics of many topics using interesting demos that will hopefully inspire the students to dig further but not get bored by being bombarded by technical details.
Here’s a sample (watch in 1080p at full screen)
EDIT: Updated video is in post #13.
(how do you like that sexy mounting plate? Thanks, Gus!)
I still have a ton of videos to produce (~50 in total from 3-10 min each). Make’s wanting to do a test run of the course in May to beta testers in parallel to me finishing up and a real course will probably start in June.
The courses will be structured as a four week course with homework at the end of the first three weeks, “office hours” each week (via a Google Hangout-like tool), and a final project during the fourth week.
The costs are still being worked out but it will probably be around $250 (includes a $100 Gadgeteer kit). An option w/o the kit will probably be offered as well. The details of the kit are still being worked out but it will be based on the Cerberus kit with some surprise goodies added
Colin Miller and a few others have agreed to do technical reviews of my material. So, you can be assured that I’m doing everything I can to make everything as accurate as possible.
The sample video above covers most of the different production techniques I’m using. Please watch it and give me your constructive criticism. Please be honest. If there’s something you don’t like, you’re not helping me by keeping quiet about it. Producing these types of videos is entirely new to me and I’m getting better with every one but I’ll take all the help I can get. Thanks!