Soldering 101: Through-Hole Soldering with an LED Bike Spoke Light

Friday, May 5, 2023 - 6:30pm to 9:00pm

Learn the basics of soldering by building a color changing light for your bike spoke. Participants will be given a circuit board and walked through the process of soldering through-hole (bigger and easy to solder) components to that board.

During the activity we will discuss each component and their role in making the device function.

Each participant will leave with one finished bike light board. The bike light color can be customized by configuring switches on the board or using a tilt switch to make the color dependent on the device orientation.

The instructor will also describe the process used to design the board and direct students to resources where they can learn about designing their own projects.

No experience necessary, this is an ideal starting workshop for someone newly interested in electronics and soldering.


See the board in action

Ticket Prices:
General Public: $79
Partnerships: $71
MakeHaven members: $67

Real name: 
Iris Artin


Instructor Bio: 

Iris spent 18 years in Croatia, another 20 in Boston, and has been in New Haven since 2015. They have degrees in computer science, medicine, and public health; and skills in electronics, CAD, and CNC woodworking. Their passions are making technical topics accessible to newcomers, and diversity and inclusion of makerspaces. When not tinkering, Iris can be found sailing the Long Island Sound.

Real name: 
Larisa Oldmixon-Berson

1st Floor Room

This educational room has seating and tables suitable for instruction away from the noise of the main workshop. It is located on the first floor of 770 Chapel Street. Guests should ring the MakeHaven doorbell, then proceed down the long hallway. When you get the main MakeHaven staircase by the double elevators, rather than go downstairs, proceed through the double glass doors, take a right down the hallway and you will see a room with a big robot sticker on the door.

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Our facilities undergo periodic reviews to maximize ADA compliance. We offer accessible bathrooms, elevators, and wide walkways. In tool usage, we aim for universal access and work individually to adapt tools for safe usage as necessary. If you anticipate needing an adaptation to participate in this event or have further questions, please contact us at