Intro to Arduino

PHYSICAL COMPUTING with Electronics and Programming Arduino

Participants will invent and code their own gadgets using breadboards to connect sensors, lights, conductive materials, motors and more!

  • Ages:

    12-17

  • Equipment:
    Laptop required
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For online courses: these require you to have a capable computer to work on and a broadband internet connection.
For in person courses: you will need a laptop with the same specification, please see below for more information. If this is a problem or you are unsure about anything, please contact us via info@fire-tech.com
Most PC/Mac computers from the last 5 years will be fine but you can view our recommended detailed system requirements here

Intro to Arduino

For online courses: these require you to have a capable computer to work on and a broadband internet connection.
For in person courses: you will need a laptop with the same specification, please see below for more information. If this is a problem or you are unsure about anything, please contact us via info@fire-tech.com
Most PC/Mac computers from the last 5 years will be fine but you can view our recommended detailed system requirements here

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Intro to Arduino

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Course highlights

Welcome to the world of Arduino

Arduino's sensors and outputs makes it possible to create hundreds of gadgets, contraptions and robots that interact with the real world. Invent a device that turns on a light when it gest dark or sounds an alarm when someone tweets about plastic in the ocean.

The digital meets the physical

Bring your code to life! Understand electronics, build circuits with breadboards and components, and program these to create devices and gadgets. Detect sound, movement, temperature, speed, button presses and digital events and react with sounds, lights, messages, motion and more.

Perfect prototyping platform

Arduino is one of the most popular platforms for prototyping new products. Imperial's Design Engineering course uses the platform extensively for their students to build out examples of their new products. We've also had students use this product design platform as part of their Duke of Edinburgh experience.

Course Overview

Arduino is where electronics and computer programming meet. Using this microprocessor and coding language, students create exciting devices with sensors and outputs to interact with the world around them! This course teaches the basics of “physical computing” to teenagers aged 12+.

Students use breadboards and electronic components, plus to C-based Arduino language to program their Arduino microcontroller to read inputs and produce outputs. If that all sounds a bit technical, it’s because it is! But Arduino was developed with hobbyists and newcomers in mind, so it’s also extremely accessible. Teen campers will soon find themselves controlling LED flashing lights, switches, sounds, buttons, vibrations and even robots, all with the help of their Arduino microcontroller! Arduinos are provided for use during the course, but many students prefer to buy an Arduino separately so that they can take their creations with them for continued development at the end of the course.

What your child will learn

  • Introduction: The programming environment, the language used and blinking LEDs
  • Actuators: Simple digital toggles, transistor-based switches and pulse width modulation 
  • Sensors: Analogue and digital 
  • Communication: Wired and wireless communication between devices and computers
  • Programming: Using Arduino’s C-based programming language write sketches to upload to the Arduino
  • Enhanced coding and creation skills to build hardware  

Student work

Gallery of some past students work from this course

Fire Tech Camp was a great experience and the best camp I've ever been to. I think the camp does a great job in combining fun with learning.

Emma, 13yr old programmer