Arduino - Touch the light sensor to activate the LED


Arduino and breadboard wired LED with light sensor activation

Arduino and breadboard wired LED with light sensor activation

Touch the light sensor to activate the LED 

Before the summer break I spent Monday evenings with my mentors at Hackspace learning about the Arduino system.  I think it is a great way to teach C derived programming languages and illustrate input-process-output in a concrete context. 

The benefit of Arduino is that you can make real stuff like a system to activate a LED when someone is standing on your doorstep, or to get a text when someone presses your doorbell. Arduino can be used to solve problems, the key focus in the new computing programme of study. 

Increasingly cool Arduino has a rapidly expanding following of hackers and tinkerers. 

So what's on offer here? 

Part of the work Beautiful Education has been doing has involved Google Hangouts and now we'd like to run a distance learning test with a willing partner. 

Would you like to get an Arduino demonstration of about 15 minutes to half an hour on Google Hangouts? Would you like us to organise an expert tutor to deliver an Arduino training course in Hackney or at your place?

Just get in touch

Using C derived languages to solve real problems

Using C derived languages to solve real problems

Hackspace - the perfect third space for technical learning in Hackney

We are supporters of the Summerhill concept but we know it's not transferable to the grant maintained inner-city context. Well that's what we thought until we discovered Hackspace recommended to us by our tech training associate James Cadman. Hackspace on Hackney Road models what we believe to be the learning environment of the future, a place where you just turn up, choose what interests you, choose what you want to do, choose how to do it and choose when to do it. Staffed by friendly, approachable volunteers Hackspace is open 24 hours a day and the cost for all this? £10 a month sub. A truly amazing, inspirational find.

Funded by the DfE and Hackney Learning Trust, Beautiful Education will begin taking Hackney Computing teachers and students to Hackspace to inspire new teaching and learning strategies. We can't wait.

Random - just do what you want to do

Random - just do what you want to do

Learn - program an Arduino

Learn - program an Arduino

Create - use industry standard equipment

Create - use industry standard equipment

Hack - take tech apart

Hack - take tech apart

Build - a remote controlled hexopter

Build - a remote controlled hexopter

How Stuff Works - get your hands dirty

How Stuff Works - get your hands dirty

Learn from experts who volunteer to help you

Learn from experts who volunteer to help you