San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
What is Arduino?
Arduino is a range of low cost microcontrollers that can make an almost limitless number of things happen in the real world using a range of inputs and outputs. They can be used for everything from making robots to the Internet of Things (IoT). They are a great way to build projects for home or prototype ideas you have in your head for very little money and most of all, they are easy and accessible. Our workshop day will give you the basics you need to get your projects rolling!
What will we cover?
The day will be split into two parts. In the morning we will be looking at:
- A quick Introduction to the Arduino platform and microcontrollers in general.
- Inatalling the software and getting connected to your board.
- Writing sketches to make simple things happen.
- Connecting things to your Arduino (LED's, Analogue devices etc)
- Applications in the real world.
Then we will break for lunch and chats about your exciting new skills!
In the afternoon session we want you to take what you have learned and start building a basic project. Some ideas for this might be:
- A doorbell
- Motion sensing light switch
- Controlling servos
- miniature traffic light controller
- Temperature and humidity sensor
- The possibilities are endless
We will have a range of items which you can try out on your Arduino and help on hand if you need it to program your project.
What will you provide?
We will have everything you need for a great day!
Arduino's, accessories, power supplies, awesome teacher, easy to understand step by step guidance, refreshments, food and more will all be there on the day.
If you want your own Arduino to take home then register for the appropriate ticket and we will provide you with a kit of things to take home to continue your adventure!
What do I need to bring?
You need to bring a laptop or other small computer capable or running the Arduino IDE. If you havent got one, let us know and we will TRY to sort one out for you. If we have to hire one in, there may be a small charge to you but we will confirm this with you in advance. Sharing a computer is also an option but its much better to have your own!
If you have an arduino or any sensors, cables or other assorted paraphernalia then please feel free to bring that too!
Will there be food?
Yes! There will be a buffet with vegetarian options provided by us with refreshment opportunities through the day. If you want to bring your own snacks or a pack of buscuits to share with the group, then thats absolutely fine!
About your host
Marcus Shirley is lucky enough to combine his hobby with his career. He runs a small business, developing electronic systems for remote vision and deep-water survey. His clients include the BBC, PML, the University of Plymouth, and SeaLife UK. His electronic systems have been miles below the ocean surface, flown high above the treetops of the Borneo rain-forest, and braved the harsh cold of Northern Alaska. Marcus uses Arduino Microcontrollers to incorporate automation, control and communication into his products. The Arduino's power and simplicity allow for rapid and intuitive development from client brief to reality.
When & Where
MESH stands for Make - Explore - Socialise - Hack
We're a 'Communiversity' that uses the knowledge and skills of real people to provide you with the opportunity to improve and learn new digital skills.
We also work in partnership with our sister community Digital Plymouth to help recognise and celebrate the thriving digital community based in Plymouth and the South West.