New HackadayU Classes: Antenna Basics, Raspberry Pi Pico, And Designing Complex Geometry

Get ’em while they’re hot: a new session of HackadayU just opened with classes from three fantastic instructors and seats are filling up fast.

Introduction to Antenna Basics — Instructor Karen Rucker teaches the fundamentals of antenna design as if it were your first year on-the-job. She’ll cover the common types of antenna designs and the fundamentals of radio frequency engineering that go into them. Begins Thursday, May 6th.

Raspberry Pi Pico and RP2040 – The Deep Dive — Instructor Uri Shaked guides the class through the internals of the RP2040 microcontroller, covering system architecture, hardware peripherals, and dipping into some ARM assembly language examples. Begins Wednesday, May 5th.

Designing with Complex Geometry — Instructor James McBennett helps you up your 3D modelling game with a course on using complex geometries in Grasshopper3D (part of Rhino3D). Dive into Non-uniform rational B-spline (NURBS) and go from simple shapes to incredibly complex objects with a bit of code. Begins Tuesday, May 4th.

Each course includes five weekly classes beginning in May. Being part of the live class via Zoom offers interactivity with the instructor and other attendees. All tickets are “pay-as-you-wish” with a $20 suggested donation; all proceeds go to socially conscious charities.

For the benefit of all, each class will be edited and published on Hackaday’s YouTube channel once this session has wrapped up. Check out our playlists for past HackadayU courses, or watch them all in one giant playlist.

You might also consider becoming an Engineering Liaison for HackadayU. These volunteers help keep the class humming along for the best experience for students and instructors alike. Liaison applications are now open.

4 thoughts on “New HackadayU Classes: Antenna Basics, Raspberry Pi Pico, And Designing Complex Geometry

  1. For a FOSS alternative to Rhino etc. for “Designing with Complex Geometry” try Blender 3D and the Sverchok plugin. Just head over to YouTube and search for “Sverchok” to find a pile of amazing stuff. Sorry to drop that on you but it just isn’t fair to present things in proprietary software when it is completely unnecessary.

    1. Grasshopper may be what he knows well. If you don’t want to use it because there is another alternative you like better, there is probably ample training material for that particular option too.

      “Hey, you know that thing you can do well that you want to share with other people? Well, go learn some other thing you don’t know, and then teach us that instead”. Hooly dooly!

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