Make Your Makerspace

As I’ve shared in a previous post, I recently signed up for an online workshop hosted by Digital Harbor Foundation.  In this series of workshops, you learn how to build 10 different DIY projects.  The course helps you with step-by-step instructions on how to complete the build.  Along with the printed step-by-step instructions, you also get the live walkthrough of the build.  Each project comes complete with a list of materials you will need for each build, along with support when you bump into troubles along the way.  In this first build, using an Arduino, I learned how to program a Neo-Pixel LED light, which can be used as part of a maker space sign.  Now, for anyone who knows truly knows me, knows that I love big bright lights, especially colorful lights, and this project appealed to my peculiar sensory needs.

While I am unable to outline the directions for the build here, you’ll have to sign up for the workshop for that!  I will share my experience during the process, with a few snaps here and there… First of all, I will have you know that she (me) had no clue as to what she was doing, but that’s okay, both @jonathanprozzi and @shawngrimes were there to field my questions…

During the build, I learned to install a program from the Arduino Library, which caused the lights to “light up”.  You’ll notice below in the strandtest below that you have the ability to customize the pattern and timing of the lights, which is pretty neat.  I am thinking of using the lights to make a Neopixel basketball hoop.  It’s gonna be LIT!!! Like, literally… Haha!
screen-shot-2017-01-30-at-11-12-00-am During the build, of course she ran into a little snafu (just learned how to spell that word) during the build when I attempted to connect the Arduino via USB.  I received the error message below and of course, called in @jonathanprozzi for damage control. Screen Shot 2017-01-27 at 9.10.02 AM.pngOf course, he directed me to unplug everything, reboot and reinstall the program to my computer and, yes it worked!  See pics above.


Til next time,





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