Turn on the Useless Machine and a finger reaches out and turns the machine back off. Pretty useless! Take the four workshops below to build your own. Workshops can be taken separately.

Arduino (April 25)

The Arduino is a popular, affordable, and accessible microcontroller that can be used in a myriad of projects such as a Useless Machine. Learn how to control LED lights, take inputs from buttons, and drive a stepper motor.

  • $25 [includes materials]
  • Bring your own laptop with the Arduino software installed*

Laser Box Cutting (May 2 & 9)

Learn the basics of how to use a laser cutter/engraver to make a cool box for your Useless Machine (or for fun) and decorate it in your own style using Inkscape.

  • $13 [includes materials and laser time]
  • Bring your laptop with Inkscape installed*

3D Printing (May 2 & 9)

Learn the basic of using a 3D printer so that you can print your own game pieces specialized parts, cool art pieces, or Useless Machine fingers using FreeCAD + OpenSCAD.

  • $12 [includes materials]
  • Bring your own laptop with FreeCAD + OpenSCAD installed*

Behold! The Useless Machine! (May 16)

Assemble your Useless Machine and show it off in all its glory. Instructors from the Arduino,Laser Box Cutting, and 3D Printing workshops will be on hand to assist with assembly and troubleshooting.

  • $5 [for additional materials required to complete the Useless Machine]

ENROLL NOW: contact@bloominglabs.org For more information, visit www.bloominglabs.org

  • Bloominglabs can supply a limited number of laptops for classes requiring them.
    Please request these at time of enrollment.
  • All Workshops 12+ unless accompanied by an adult or otherwise noted.
  •  Instructional fees waived for Bloominglabs members; materials fees still apply.
  • Purchased course materials are yours to keep.