Try your hand at coding with electronics!
Learn all about the Arduino (a programmable circuit board and software) and how it can be used to build imaginative projects.
This workshop will start at the beginning, introducing the Arduino and explaining why it’s such a big deal, walking you through the creation of many basic electronic projects and catapulting you into the world of making, prototyping and creative technology invention.
Over the years Arduino has been used to make all kinds of things, from tiny wearables to large-scale interactive installations. Here are a few of our favourites:
- LEAP. A live-action game which pits players against a laser-equipped robot security system gone rogue
- Rachael Moat (Arduino Manchester) creates prototypes which encourage children with severe communication and learning difficulties to interact with the world around them
- Ardu-Sat, a “low-cost space research platform”
- Analogue Synthesizer hacking, with Arduino and Moog
Versatile, beginner-friendly, and above all fun, this workshop will give you an insight into how to get started with your own excellent digital-physical projects!
The course fee covers the day’s workshop tuition, as well as the cost of an ARDX Experimentation Kit from Oomlout (worth £62!), containing an Arduino Uno (Classic) and all the wires and electronic components (LEDs, sensors, motors, buttons) you need to carry on tinkering at home!
Who is this course for?
This is an entry-level workshop, for those new to electronics prototyping, writing software, and potentially both.
Equipment you’ll need
You will need a laptop running a recent version of an Arduino-compatible operating system such as Windows, Linux or Mac OS X. Make sure it’s got a working USB port to connect and program the Arduino.
Lunch isn’t provided on this course, but you’re welcome to bring a packed lunch with you. Or try out one of the tasty and varied eateries on our doorstep.
What will you learn?
- How to connect and configure an Arduino Uno, and upload programs to it
- How to use a breadboard to prototype circuits, and interact with components through software
- What different kinds of components exist and how to use them
- How to communicate between an Arduino and your computer
- How to expand your Arduino, and where to find devices, support, and inspiration for new projects
The course will break for an hour at lunchtime. Please feel free to bring a packed lunch or there are plenty of nearby lunch options in the Northern Quarter.
I have accessibility needs, what kind of physical access do you have?
Unfortunately the MadFabLab is on a first floor with no lift. We are actively pursuing leads on future space which will have improved access, but in the meantime please get in touch and we will work creatively to try and accommodate you.