Arduino Workshop at East Bend Library

What exactly is Arduino? According to the official website, “Arduino is an open-source electronics prototyping platform based on flexible, easy-to-use hardware and software. It’s intended for artists, designers, students, hobbyists and anyone interested in creating interactive objects or environments.” Workshop set for June 6.

Arduino technology aims to provide creative individuals with the potential to realize truly innovative ideas for smart Internet connected devices, wearable technology, high-tech automation, robotics and projects not yet imagined. Arduino, a major component of the world-wide Maker Movement, was created for the average person, without advanced engineering knowledge, to use for building amazing and interesting devices of their own creation.Get some hands-on Arduino instruction at with volunteers from the Bend Arduino group at the East Bend Library.

David Robson, organizer and member of the Bend Arduino Group, says, “Arduino technology is an excellent educational tool to learn software programming and understand electronic devices.”

Inexpensive, open-source, and user-friendly, Arduino consists of both hardware (circuit boards) and software (a programming language).

“The two can be combined in an almost infinite number of ways to make even the most whimsical projects—tweeting coffee pots, automated cat doors and elaborate lighting systems,” says Robson. Led by members of the Bend Arduino Group, the workshops are designed with the Arduino novice in mind and will cover the basics of Arduino technology.

Participants will learn how to set up an Arduino, how to use the Arduino software to write programs and build basic electronic circuits. In four hours, the student will learn to build and program many demonstration circuits and launch into a world of designing their own projects. Students should bring their own laptop if they have one but the library will provide one if necessary.

“With an almost unlimited range of input and output add-ons, sensors, indicators, displays, motors, and more, Arduino provides users countless ways to create devices that interact with the world around us,” says Robson.

Sponsors for the workshop include E::SPACE Labs and DIYcave, leaders in the maker movement in Central Oregon and the Bend Arduino Group.

Saturday, June 6, 12–4pm • East Bend Library
Space is limited and registration for the free workshops is required.

(Photo courtesy of Bend Arduino Group)

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