Introduction to Arduinos
Arduinos are small, affordable microcontrollers used by scientists in labs, by fashion designers producing wearable electronics, by DIY enthusiasts, and by STEM teachers looking to excite their students with an easy introduction to robotics. During this three-hour workshop, you will learn how to program the Arduino to control basic actuators (like LEDs and speakers) and take measurements from simple sensors (such as photoresistors and force-sensitive resistors) in order to design interactive projects. Previous programming experience is not required, but participants must bring a laptop for the workshop. All other materials will be provided.
Academy Fellow Michael Zitolo has been teaching physics in New York City public schools for 12 years and currently works at Bard High School Early College Manhattan. In his role as a Math for America Master Science Teacher, he has introduced more than 100 New York City educators to the amazing world of Arduinos. Michael loves watching his students get excited as they tinker and he is constantly amazed by their creativity.