This hands on class is focused on building a small solar powered battery charger, with a USB port capable of powering a phone, bike light, or any other USB powered device.

The project introduces students to basic electrical concepts, soldering and using multimeters, off-grid solar power, the components and their functions involved in this device, and calculating your power need, capacity, and capability.

All materials will be provided. Students should bring a USB chargeable device and cable with them.

Alex Nathanson is an artist, curator, organizer, and educator whose work spans video, sound, performance, and interaction design. He collaborates regularly with composer Dylan Neely, performing under the name Fan Letters. His work has been featured at the Museum of the Moving Image, La MaMa, Film Society of Lincoln Center, Anthology Film Archives, PS122 Gallery, Dome of Visions (Denmark), and the Art Prospect Festival (Russia). He was one of the long-term artists in residence at Flux Factory, in Queens, NY from 2012 to 2016. Most recently, he was awarded a residency at The Watermill Center to develop an full length opera, titled Autocomplete, in collaboration with Fan Letters. As an educator, he works with students as young as 7 to post-graduates, teaching skills related to sound, light, mechanics, and electronics through creative projects. He has worked extensively as an electronic and media art specialist for many of NY’s art institutions and artists. He has been hyperbolically described as a “video effects guru” and poorly described as “difficult to describe.”