Soldering Ardino Circuits

It’s winter time. We are comming in doors to work on the computer and electronics now. We are learning Arduino sketches and basic electronic circuit theory and applications. We loaded Linux on one of the brother’s laptop. This was our first solering session. We soldered Arduino microcontroller boards and the circuits that they were going in to. This was done after we tested the circuits in the prototyping bread boards.


Bike Tech At 7 Weeks

Marquavious, Michael, and Carmelo working on their bikes

Greetings and As-Salaam Alaikum! We are now at seven weeks of Bike Tech! I have been working with two, sometimes three young brothers that are serious about rebuilding their own bikes! The bikes are now stripped of all parts and sanded smooth. This weekend we are priming and, depending on the weather and how fast the primer dries, we may paint!

After we paint we will begin re-assembly. Ofcourse, it’s always easier to tears something down than to build it up.

First Hi-Tech Training Class!

Arduino microcontroller developement board

As-Salaam Alaikum! This past Saturday I was blessed to host my first tech training class since 2012. I am working with two home-schooled brothers, 12 and 16, who already have some programming and electronic knowledge. I am mentoring them in micro-controller programming, electronics, and basic computer theory and operation. The class is for about 2 hours on Saturday mornings.

Right now, the hi-tech and the hand-tech training are currently separate, due to logistics and personnel (its’ only me). However the plan is to do everything in one location and combine the group and training.

This is what happens when you volunteer in a small town

From Dawson News  (click for full)

Sometimes I stop at the McDonald’s in Dawson, GA to get a cup of coffee. It’s the only place to get coffee that I know of. Oh yes, there is also the Huddle House restaurant. Yesterday when I arrived, I greeted the table of old soldiers that are always there. One of them asked me “Are you the Mooslim that is speaking at the government building Thursday?” Continue reading “This is what happens when you volunteer in a small town”

Mechanical Engineering 101 (or how to rebuild a bike)

youth and bikes
Two of the youth that are rebuilding their bikes in Dawson GA

Greetings and As-Salaam Alaikum! Today was the first day of practicing what I preach since 2012! Man, I can’t believe it’s been six years and I am six years older! This time I am starting out with teaching youth how to rebuild bikes. Today we started disassembling them. We got as far as the sprockets and forks before a pop-up rain storm clobbered us. Continue reading “Mechanical Engineering 101 (or how to rebuild a bike)”