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Workshops and Projects

The Ethernest holds public workshops for building unique and useful electronics. The workshops are open to everyone, including majors and non-majors; everyone is encouraged to participate. See the IEEE Events page for workshop dates and times.

Past Workshops

Introduction to Soldering – TV B Gone!

Learn how to solder by building a TV-B-Gone, a keychain-sized universal remote that allows you to turn any TV on or off.

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Introduction to Arduino Workshop

Learn the basics of using Arduino GPIO in preparation for the HackRice hackathon.

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Introduction to CAD and 3D Printing

Learn the basics of CAD and how a 3D printer works

In this workshop, participants learned about Blender, a really easy-to-use CAD software, and how to turn a CAD design into a real, 3D-printed object. Participants who stayed longer and went through additional training gained access to the Ethernest and permission to use the 3D printer for free for the year.


Introduction to Electronics

Workshop for beginners to make their own TV-Be-Gone

This lab was focused on the classic TV-Be-Gone kit by Adafruit and others. Attendees had a blast doing more advanced soldering for the first time and gained confidence in following circuit diagrams. The resulting TV-be-gones were tested and proven effective on TVs in the Abercrombie building and beyond. It’s been said that this workshop engabled some pretty epic pranks later in the year.


Wearable Electronics

Playing with electroluminescent wire

Our first ethernest workshop, the wearable electronics workshop was centered around electroluminescent (EL) wire. People brought clothing to modify, learned about EL wire and the way electronics were beginning to permeate fashion, and then could have a wire to put into their clothing. The results were very Tron, of course.

Past Projects



Listen to sounds from all across campus

The SoundWorm is an interdisciplinary project created from a collaboration between the Architecture department and the EtherNest. The SoundWorm is the first student-designed architecture piece on campus. The structure has five speakers placed throughout its piping, which relay sounds from microphones placed in various places across campus through Rice’s network.

See the reception video here

For more information, please visit the SoundWorm website