After School Classes

Design your own digital musical instrument!

What: Spend 10 weeks designing and making your own digital musical instrument that you can take home! Students will be taught how to brainstorm and creative problem solve using the same methods as professional engineers. Each student will use those skills to design their own musical instrument that uses touch sensors, microphones, light detectors, distance sensors, and more. They’ll chose the sensors, process sensor information with an Arduino, and chose the circuitry that outputs notes through a speaker. Each week will include a lesson on electronics or computer programming that will grow the skills necessary to create their design. Check out the detailed description for a tentative schedule, learning goals, and topics covered.

Who: Students in grades 6-8 who want to learn about electronics, design, coding, engineering, and how to make awesome stuff! (Not in those grades? We’re flexible. Shoot us an email at and we’ll see what we can do.)

When: Thursdays 4:15-5:45, April 3 – June 5, 10 weeks

Where: EVents, by Extraordinary Ventures, 200 South Elliott Road, Chapel Hill, NC (Right next to Whole Foods)

Cost: $300 + $100 material fee This is our first class and to show our appreciation for you becoming one of first customers, we’re waiving the material fee!

Instructor: Brendan Andrade

Requirements: Each student must bring a laptop. The class will be taught with a Windows PC, but we welcome Apple and Linux systems too!

Prerequisites: No prior knowledge of electronics, coding, or design is necessary for this class. We’ll teach everything needed to successfully design and build a digital musical instrument.

Safety: We will be using soldering irons, X-Acto knives, and other engineering tools. Proper safety using these tools will be covered but students who do not follow safety procedures will be not be allowed to continue the program and no refund will be given.

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