Arduino Day – March 29th


29th March is Arduino Day – a worldwide celebration of Arduino’s first 10 years. It’s 24 hours full of events – both official and independent, anywhere around the world – where people interested in Arduino can meet, share their experiences, and learn more.

Open Day at Southampton Makerspace

To celebrate Arduino Day we’re hosting an open day that’s free for all to attend. The Makerspace will be open to the public from 11am until 5pm and during that time you’ll be able to investigate the space and play with some of the projects our members have made that involve Arduinos or Arduino-inspired electronics.

We’re also running two workshops, detailed below – why not come along: have fun, learn something new and make friends.

Shrimping Workshop 11am-1pm

This workshop is suitable for beginners.

A Shrimp is a miniature Arduino that you can build for yourself on a breadboard using a handful of components:

Shrimps use the same microcontroller as the official Arduino Uno – an ATMEGA328P – and can be programmed using the same software. They’re great for getting to know the platform, for prototyping and just generally experimenting.

As part of this workshop you’ll gain a basic understanding of what the various components do, what way round they go and how to get a basic sketch running on the Shrimp. If time permits you’ll then be able to have a go at hooking up more advanced components to the Arduino, perhaps servos or light dependent resistors.

The ticket includes one Shrimp kit which you can take away with you once the workshop is complete. Spaces are limited so book soon!

Conductive Play Dough 1:30-3pm, 3:30-5pm

Fun for all the family, why not try your hand at sculpting something flashy? Through alternating layers of insulating and conducting dough it’s possible to create many interesting things.

Included in your ticket we’ll be providing you with a small bag of conductive and non-conductive dough (additional bags can be purchased for £1 each) and some LEDs all of which you can take home with you after the workshop (though keep in mind the non-conductive dough is not reusable once it’s come into contact with conductive dough).

We will be providing power on the day, but you’ll have to find your own power supply when you get home. We find that 9V PP3 batteries work just fine.

Looking forward to celebrating all things Arduino with you on Saturday 29th March,
Happy Making!

— Benjie