More about Arduino...
Arduino Boards contain a microcontroller, similar to those chips found inside mobile phones, calculators, washing machines, cars etc. Micro-controllers play a vital role in our society, without them, our much loved gadgets would be useless! The Arduino workshops aim to teach the very basics of microcontroller programming to school students.
The Arduino board is self contained, with all of the necessary electronic components for it to be plugged into a computer and programmed. It is supported by open source (FREE) software which is run on a computer and used to write the Arduino programs.
Various electronic components can be added to the board, by pushing wires into the headers, this enables the board to control lights, motors, buzzers and receive inputs from buttons, control knobs and light sensors, all of which enable a vast range of possibile projects to be conducted.
Simple projects such as making mini traffic lights, turining a light on when it gets dark and making music are all possible and very easy to create using the Arduino board.
The Arduino board can be found on sale on popular online stores (see More about Arduino... page) for around £15 and the components are incredibly cheap. For example about 3p for a light and 20p for a buzzer!
There is no requirement for our volunteers to purchase any equipment, however at this price you may want to get one to explore even more possibilities and practise outside of the general training sessions.
Warwick Hack 2.0
WarwickHACK is a student run hackathon at the University of Warwick. Hosted by WarwickTECH, participants from all over the country (and further!) come to learn and compete! Warwick Technology Volunteers are excited to have hosted a workshop introducing participants to the world of Micro-controllers, Electronics and Programming.
The above links take you to tutorial pages with additional information, step-by-step worksheets and example code where necessary.