When: Saturday 27th August, from 10am to 5pm
Where: miLKLabs, Franciscan friary, Lower Henry Street, Limerick
Hosted by: Members of miLKLabsCost: €10 (for non-members)Limited to 20 participants (Pre-booking mandatory)
What is Arduino? Arduino is an open-source electronics prototyping platform based on flexible, easy-to-use hardware and software. It’s intended for artists, designers, hobbyists, and anyone interested in creating interactive objects or environments. (www.arduino.cc ) Ardunio makes it easy to learn how to read sensors, control electronic devices, and communicate between various hardware and your computer.
- Laptop (Mac OS X, Windows or Linux) with a USB port
- Software installed (Optional):
- Arduino IDE (http://Arduino.cc/en/Main/Software)
- Processing (http://processing.org/download/)
Good to bring (optional):
- Some experience with a programming language. If you know what if statements and loops are, you’ll be in great shape.
- Some basic knowledge of electric circuits
- Wire cutters / strippers
Aimed at students, artists, and designers or anyone who wants to learn the basics of Arduino, simple electronics and building interactive projects. The workshop covers the basis of Physical Computing using Arduino and Processing. Participants will be able to control media (graphics, video & sound) in Processing using a variety of Sensors (distance sensor, light sensor, temperature sensor, potentiometer, etc..). This initial session will be followed by groups or individual follow-up sessions to help participants complete a personal project or expand their knowledge in specific areas.
Session 1 (10am-12)
We will begin with a brief introduction to some basic electrical principles (no math, just how things get hooked up and how lights and switches do their thing). We’ll talk about the role of a microcontroller (such as an Arduino board) in an electronic circuit. Once everyone has the Arduino development software up and running we’ll start controlling LEDs or tiny motors by writing some simple code.
Lunch (12 -1pm)
Session 2 (1pm-3pm)
We’ll get information from sensors, and see how to make some sense from that information by filtering it. We’ll send that data to a program running on your laptop, and then use that program to control some devices connected to the Arduino.
Session 3 (3pm-5pm)
Once everyone has mastered what we’ve covered, we will look at examples of projects that use the Arduino. Participants will then be offered the opportunity to create a small project on their own or with a group. Finally we will spend a little time talking about slightly more advanced concepts to give you a starting point for your next steps.
Register for the miLK Labs Arduino Fest