We give workshops to introduce adults (and kids) to Arduino, the world’s favourite open source electronics prototyping platform, very popular in the maker movement. Our workshops are hands-on, introducing hardware components and the software to program the Arduino microcontroller. We enable participants to build (and understand) their first simple projects. Our aim is to get people started, and hopefully, excited about the possibilities of making! At the same time, we absolutely want to avoid adding to the mountains of electronic waste, so all our projects use a minimal set of components that can be reused for different projects, for years and years. No plastic toys piling up on the shelves. Actually, understanding electronics can enable us to fix broken stuff!

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Since 2014 we have taught many workshops for adults at different locations. Since 2015 we have focused on KIDS workshops,  see kids section.

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Please contact us if you’re interested to host an Arduino workshop!

The standard workshop takes about 2 hours and does not require any previous knowledge of electronics or coding (but it definitely helps). We shortly introduce terminology, and then spend most of the time actually building little projects, putting simple components on a breadboard and connecting them to the Arduino. We connect the Arduino to a laptop to be able to write and upload a little program to it. The workshop builds up to the below project, a ‘theremin’ which is a buzzer that takes its tempo from a potentiometer and pitch from a light dependent resistor, as in below schematics. At the end you will be familiar with the basic digital and analog input/output capabilities of Arduino, enabling you to dig further into it with all the wonderful resources available on the internet.

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Schematics of the simple theremin explained built step by step in our standard Arduino workshop

Check out our standard slides in the materials section.

Some pictures of the workshops mentioned above at various locations:

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ADULT WORKSHOPS:

  • 29 March 2014: Arduino Day Workshop at Dim Sum Labs, Sheung Wan
    on Eventbrite and Dim Sum Labs (10 participants)
  • 16 June 2014: Arduino Workshop at Dim Sum Labs, Sheung Wan
    on Eventbrite (10 participants)
  • 18 Oct 2014: Arduino Workshops at the HK Mini Makerfaire, HK Polytechnic University
    (2 sessions, 11 participants)
  • 28 Feb 2015: Arduino Workshop at hackUST, HK University of Science and Technology
    (2 session, 56 participants)
  • 25 March 2015: Arduino Day Workshop at Dim Sum Labs, Sheung Wan
    on Eventbrite and Dim Sum Labs (7 participants)
  • 15 April 2015: ESP8266 wifi for Arduino at Dim Sum Labs
    on Eventbrite and Dim Sum Labs (7 participants)
  • 6 May 2015: Arduino Workshop at Dim Sum Labs, Sheung Wan (9 participants)
  • 18 June 2015: Arduino Workshop at Dim Sum Labs, Sheung Wan (6 participants)
  • 23 Sep 2015: Arduino Workshop at Dim Sum Labs, Sheung Wan (6 participants)
  • 23 Nov and 2 Dec 2016: WiFi lantern at Dim Sum Labs, Sheung Wan (6+10 participants)
  • Feb 2017: 3 workshops at youth camp of Deep Dive, Shatin
  • April 2017: 2 workshops at Sonar Hong Kong
  • March 2018: 2 workshops at Sonar Hong Kong (planned)