Since it’s been awhile since the last post about workshops, I just wanted to remind everyone that there are still some great workshops left to take this month/beginning of next month. There are spaces available in all of these classes, so you still have time to sign up.

Advanced Arduino Input and Output
Tuesday, April 27 from 6:30 to 8:30
Cost: $50 for non-members

The importance of the Arduino is mostly in how you can interface it with the rest of the analog world. We’ll talk about using analog inputs to sense light and sound. We’ll also go over using PWM to control the brightness of LEDs. Lastly, we’ll cover how to use servo motors.
This class comes with several sensors and other components. You’ll need a breadboard and Arduino.

Processing with Arduino
May 1st 2:00-4:30 PM
Cost: $50 for non-members

Processing+Arduino.  The Arduino ( development environment looks exactly the same as Processing, as it happens to be based off of it.  The two toolkits work in tandem beautifully, particularly with the Firmata libraries.  Firmata ( is an Arduino firmware that creates a standard protocol to a variety of languages.  The library for Processing is a natural transition in particular.

In this workshop an Arduino will be used to create a custom hardware controller and then connected to an application created in Processing to control live visuals.  Laptop and Arduino Required.  Materials for the controller will be provided.  Familiarity with both Processing and Arduino suggested.

Arduino Robots
Tuesday, May 4 from 6:30 to 8:30
Cost: $50 for non-members

This last Arduino workshop will wrap everything from the other workshops together into an interesting project. We’ll spend the class integrating sensors, motors, and various programming techniques into a line following robot car. We’ll give you most of the supplies, but you’ll also need everything from the other three workshops (which you can buy separately if you only want to take this class).