Electronic Project Class Announced

Let’s build a smart Thermostat!

As part of the Saturday morning Electronics and Software Open House, we will be hosting a class showing how to design and build a simple IoT device. The first class will start on February 19th and continue each week until April.

The Makerspace needs new thermostats. The existing ones have a limited ability to follow a schedule and do not do anything to protect the AC systems from overloading. So, instead of buying a new Thermostat, or even building a kit, we are going to design and build one from scratch — right down to the PCB. This is will be an ESP32 project, with a PCB designed in DipTrace, and programmed in the Arduino IDE.

This project will be present as a class series as part of the electronics open house. Each week, we will discuss a different aspect of the project:

  • Defining the problem
  • Developing an Organizational Chart
  • Identifying the hardware
  • Drawing a schematic
  • Laying out the PCB
  • Writing the Program
  • Building Prototype
  • Testing Prototype

The goal of this class is to provide students with an introduction to all of the phases of an engineering project. Not just discussing how the problem will be solved, but talking about why each choice in the project was made.

If you are interested, please RSVP on Meetup.com