Collaborative Design and creative expression with arduino

Prerequisites: None. Students from any major interested in building electronics as a hobby, creative outlet, or for any other reason. No previous electronics or computer programming experience is required. This can serve as a first course in electronics for those without any previous experience or as a fun refresher for those with some exposure. Advanced students are welcome and will be accommodated with a faster pace and more free time to work on projects.

Load: 1 P.M. - 4 P.M. on Jan. 9 - 13, 17 - 20 (Nine 3-hour sessions over 2 weeks)

Time Outside Class: None Required

Special Instructions: Bring Laptop to Class

This is a 9-day hands-on workshop about collaboration, design, and electronics prototyping. No previous experience with computer programming or electronics is required. Beginning students will be taught everything they need to know and advanced students will be challenged to learn new skills. Participants will work in small teams to design and build electronics projects using open-source microprocessors. Team projects are completely open-ended and designed by participants, past projects have included: an internet-connected weather simulation station, a giant LED billboard, and a CNC drawing machine. Participants will complete three guided projects in order to learn the fundamentals and will then break into small teams to complete a one-day mini-project of their choosing. After the mini-project, participants will break into new teams that will each get $250 and four days to design, plan, and build a custom project of their choice. On the last day of the course, students will present their projects in public exhibition and have the chance to win a prize for crowd favorite. Participants will learn about microcontroller programming using Arduino, collaborative software development using GitHub, solderless electronics prototyping, electronic sensors, rapid prototyping, and small team management.


For Inspiration!: 20 Unbelievable Arduino Projects on Instructables