Arduino Projects! Ages 11+

** This class will be held at the Boy Scout Sea Base in Naples (near Belmont Shore). **

This is a 12 week course.

Maker Projects with the Arduino!  Arduino is a popular open-source microcontroller that is capable of controlling just about any DIY hardware project. It can be used to develop interactive objects, taking inputs from a variety of switches or sensors, and controlling a variety of lights, motors, and other physical outputs. Arduino projects can be stand-alone, or they can communicate with software running on your computer.

Weeks 1-4: 9/17, 9/24, 10/1, 10/8

Basics of the Arduino.  Take home a SparkFun Inventor's Kit valued at $100.  Please bring your laptop. Understand the concepts of input, process, and output.  Work with switches, LEDs, buzzers, and motors.  Already have a kit?  Save $90 on the cost of the class.  Repeating this class?  $50 for all four weeks. 

Weeks 5-8: 10/15, 10/22, 10/29, 11/5

Maker Projects with the 555 timer, Arduino, and more!  Please bring your laptop.  The 555 timer is a very cool and versatile chip.  We will use it in several take home projects.  Each week includes a take home electronics kit.  We will do some comparison between using a 555 timer and the Arudino.

Weeks 9-12: 11/12, 11/19, 12/3, 12/10 (no class on 11/26)

Creative Projects with the Arduino!  Please bring your laptop.  Electrical, kinetic, and sensing projects with the Arduino and Altoids mint tins.  The tin is a very up-cyclable container.  Each week includes a take-home electronics tin project kit: tin flashlight, Mintduino, tin electric guitar, and more!

Maker Projects with the Arduino

Ages 11+

Tuesdays, 12:30pm-2:30pm

$480/12 weeks, may be paid monthly

Sky Mountain vendor: George A. Castro, gee!

Golden Valley vendor: Great Educational Experiences

Excel College Prep vendor: Great Educational Experiences


Instructor: Ms. Patricia Tsoiasue is a system engineer and extremely involved in the creative community of Long Beach.  She is working to bring a maker space to Long Beach and we are thrilled she is doing classes for our students.  Her projects include sewing projects (softies and ugly soft creatures with eyes that glow), mechanical experiences, electronics with the Arduino - a robotics computing platform and LEGO bricks, a creative medium that she loves!

This is a drop-off class if parent and child are comfortable.  Parents are always welcome to stay and observe.

To sign up one child, RSVP as yourself; to sign up two children, RSVP +1, etc.

This location has a playground where parents/siblings may wait.  Trampoline is off-limits, though.

If you are not using charter schools funds, please feel free to pay online or bring payment to class.

Let me know if you have any questions.  Thank you!

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  • Patricia T.

    Hi Everyone,

    Since we're working towards props for Halloween, I would like to start on that path right after class next Tuesday.

    What this means: If your child is available, please feel free to have him/her stay after class to do more work.

    I will be bringing some materials to introduce the idea of conductive thread, and a simple project that I often deliver.

    There is no charge for this extension of the class.

    Please send a snack for your child. It will be a lab format, and if he/she chooses not to proceed, it will be fine with me.

    Also, if you want to pick up a pair of gardening gloves that fit him/her, (or any gloves) please do. They will immediately be able to take something that they can wear and that lights up. It won't be programmed, but it's just to get them on the right path.

    1 · September 26, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    This class is just great in so many aspects. It's child play that incorporates computer engineering, building, creating and so much more. My son took to it right away, he felt free to explore. Trish is an excellent teacher, very knowledgeable, kind and gentle. My son loves computers and he has already learned a bit on how they actually work!

    1 · September 17, 2013

    • Patricia T.

      Thanks, Gabriela! It was awesome for me, too! I love to share my experiences with the kids!

      September 17, 2013

  • Denise

    Do we need to have a laptop for tomorrow's class? Ours is in need of repair:)

    September 16, 2013

    • Cindy C

      It would be great if you had a laptop, but it's not required. There are a couple of computers at the Sea Base that the kids can use.

      September 16, 2013

  • Denise

    Thanks Cindy!

    August 13, 2013

  • Denise

    Will excel be a vendor for this class?

    August 13, 2013

    • Cindy C

      I will be submitting our application this week and hopefully we'll get on the list in a couple of weeks. I will send out a message when our vendor status comes through. Thanks!

      August 13, 2013

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