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


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!

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