I went into the workshop without the slightest clue as to what an Aduino was. I had, however, heard a few people whispering excitedly about the workshop, and so I thought it might be a good idea to check it out for myself.

Our Arduino

An Arduino, as it turns out, is an “open-source single-board microcontroller”—according to Wikipedia, anyway. For non-techy people like me, that’s a mouthful. However, as I’m trying to fully immerse myself in the digital world, I figured this workshop was a good place to start.

The goal of our project was to make a little light show using our Arduino board and mini LED lights. It sounded easy enough.

We were so excited when our light turned on for the first time!

The Arduino software turned out to be complicated, but we luckily had computer science major Ryan Dorson in our group to guide us. We would have been completely lost without him.

Under Ryan’s direction, we set up the board, connecting wires and lights, and Ryan showed us how he was programming the board on his computer. Our work was a success, and we were able to get the light blinking as fast or slow as we wanted it to.

It works!

Later, we tried different colored lights, which turned out to be much trickier than we had anticipated, but we still managed to get three blinking lights by the end of the workshop.

We put a paper box over top and created a little rave box of lights. So fun!

In between working on our own Arduino, I looked up some other examples. I couldn’t believe how much you could do with just a tiny board. My favorite was an Etch-a-Sketch clock that drew out the time every minute and erased itself.  I’d definitely be up for trying to make something like that in the future. It’s so fascinating!

Leave a note

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s