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Demolition Electronics class lets teens disassemble a microwave

Posted January 7, 2013

TechShop, the do-it-yourself membership-based workshop in north Raleigh, has a fun class for ages 12 and up this weekend that involves disassembling a microwave oven.

During the Demolition Electronics class, students will rip into a microwave oven and figure out how it works. The 90-minute class is 3 p.m., Sunday.

Here's a description from TechShop's website: "How can a humble micro-controller (similar to the Arduino) control 1000 watts of raw microwave power in a safe, efficient manner? In this 1-1/2-hour workshop, we will delve into both power and control applications as they are found in an everyday microwave oven. We will learn safe, proper disassembly as well as salvage of various useful components for reuse that you can take home.

Chuck Britton, the instructor, is a teacher at the N.C. School of Science and Math. It's a great hands-on opportunity for teens, I'm told.

The cost is $40. You don't need to be a TechShop member to take the class. Click here for details.

Read my earlier post about TechShop and its offerings for families.


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