LevelUP

Curious about developing a new tech skill? Then join us at a LevelUP workshop – boost your skills, meet new people and find inspiration and support for your next idea!

What is the LevelUP series about?

A series of pick and mix style introductory workshops designed to boost your technical know-how and help you learn some of the practical skills, tools and approaches involved in prototyping at the Hackspace.
You can choose to join us at all or select workshops – whether you are looking to build your digital design skills and bring your ideas to life in 3D, or want to learn how to code in 2 hours and programme like a pro, or master the basics of electronics and learn how to design your own electronic circuit board.

We are big believers in learning by doing, so whether you are a designer, chemist, coder or engineer we have got you covered!

Learning outcomes

By the end of this series you’ll have learnt how to:
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Know your way around digital design and manufacturing software packages, and be able to bring your ideas to life in 3D.
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Design your own hardware equipment, and enhance your hack skills to start or support a future project or idea.
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Get started in coding as quickly as possible, with hands-on exercises to put your learning into practice.
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Perform essential hardware project skills and create your own take-home electronics.

Who can join?

Open to all current Imperial students and staff.

If you are looking to broaden or refresh your skillset, or if you have an idea but you’re unsure how to get started, then this is the series for you. Most of these workshops are introductory and no previous experience is assumed or required. We will always make it clear if there are workshops that require pre-requisite knowledge.

Key dates

Monday, 1st November 2021
Introduction to CAD Workshop (in Person)

This workshop is designed as an introduction to Computer Aided Design (CAD) modelling, using the software package Autodesk Fusion 360, a popular and easy to access software package that can be used to bring your ideas to life, in 3D.

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Monday, 8th November 2021

Introduction to Python (Part 1)

In this workshop you will learn how to get started and coding in python as quick as possible! This 1.5 hour workshop will be run live, with hands-on exercises to put your learning into practice.

This is part 1 of a 2 part workshop and we recommend attending both for the full learning experience, but check out the individual event pages to understand what is covered in each session. 

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Monday, 15th November 2021

Introduction to Python (Part 2)

In this workshop you will learn how to get started and coding in python as quick as possible! This 1.5 hour workshop will be run live, with hands-on exercises to put your learning into practice.

This is part 2 of a 2 part workshop and we recommend attending both for the full learning experience, but check out the individual event pages to understand what is covered in each session. 

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Monday, 29th November 2021
Introduction to Soldering (in Person)

In this workshop you will learn the essentials of soldering and how to build and repair your own electronic circuit boards. By the end of the session, you will have created your own take-home electronics kit and you’ll be soldering like a pro!

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Monday, 6th December 2021

Introduction to KiCAD (Part 1)

This workshop is designed as an introduction to KiCAD. KiCAD is an opensource suite of software for electronic computer-aided design (ECAD). The free software allows you to design electronic schematic diagrams, and Printed Circuit Boards (PCB).

This is part 1 of a 2 part workshop and we recommend attending both for the full learning experience, but check out the individual event pages to understand what is covered in each session. 

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Tuesday, 7th December 2021

Introduction to KiCAD (Part 2)

This workshop is designed as an introduction to KiCAD. KiCAD is an opensource suite of software for electronic computer-aided design (ECAD). The free software allows you to design electronic schematic diagrams, and Printed Circuit Boards (PCB).

This is part 2 of a 2 part workshop and we recommend attending both for the full learning experience, but check out the individual event pages to understand what is covered in each session. 

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FAQs

Where will the LevelUP workshops take place?

The Introduction to CAD and soldering workshops will be run in-person at Advanced Hackspace in White City. The Introduction to KiCAD and Python workshops will be run online but live, with hands-on exercises to put your learning into practice. Please see the individual workshop pages for additional information.

How many places are available at these workshops?

Our in-person workshops will be capped at 25 participants to ensure health and safety policies are being adhered to at the Hackspace. 

On online workshops will be capped at a number of participants to ensure the best possible learning experience and offer everyone the chance to get live feedback and answers to questions.

What level are these workshop best suited to?

All workshops are suitable for beginners, with no previous experience assumed or required. If you have some basic experience but would like a refresher you may also find the workshops helpful! 

Is there anything I need to prepare ahead of these workshops?

If you are attending an in-person session at the Advanced Hackspace, you will need to complete the Hackspace Day One Building and Safety Induction on our Teams channel, in order to get access to the space. Please ensure you complete this the week before the event to ensure you are granted card access on time.

You may need to download and install some free software ahead of your workshop – please refer to the individual workshop pages for further information.

I have a question about a workshop, but not sure who to contact?
Drop us an email on [email protected]