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Start the journey to Internet of Things with Arduino-Afternoon Session(Grade 6+)

Computers connect to other computers over Internet. People connect to other people face to face, via phone,  email, social networks etc. using internet . “Things” or objects from everyday life, like water heater, energy meter, and weather station are now connecting to each other and people,  computers and the Internet. “Things” act as agents that sense and change the world. Internet of Everything is getting real.

In the workshop, we will cover the basic concepts applied for interfacing the real world to the digital world like - like sensors and controllers, circuits, voltage, current, analog and digital signal. Kids will learn these, while performing hands-on activities using Arduino Uno, an open-source micro-controller, simple components like switches, LEDs, light sensor, breadboard etc.  Arduino kits will be provided for hands-on experience in a shared setting.

Kids will learn to write and run “Sketches” for Arduino. Activities will also include building interaction between computer and “Things” first directly and then over the network using Scratch for Arduino.

By registering for this meetup event, you are accepting the terms and conditions defined in media waiver.

Grade Level



• Each attendee must have a laptop (Windows or Mac only).

• At least 2 GB of free disk space and 4 GB RAM


• Please make sure to bring a water bottle/snacks for the attendees.

• One registration will allow only one kid to participate. Parents are required to stay at the facility for the entire duration of the workspace and may observe from back of the room. There is WiFi at the venue and so you may consider bringing your favorite device(s) to stay connected. 


Please download and install the software as described here prior to the workshop.

1.  Install Arduino software

Go to

Download and install software Arduino software appropriate for your computer's Operation System (Windows/Mac; 32bit/64bit etc.)

If the Arduino driver was not installed correctly, we will install it in the workshop.

2.  Install Scratch for Arduino software

Go to

Go to section “Installing S4A into your computer”

Download and install software S4A software appropriate for your computer's Operation System (Windows/Mac)

IMPORTANT: Please make sure to read the media waiver

Please do not register for the morning session if you are registered for the afternoon session.  We would like to reserve space for as many kids as possible.  The afternoon session will be a repeat of the morning session for a new set of kids.

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  • Nina S.

    1) After installing S4A15 for Mac Maverick, I cannot start the S4A15 application. I am getting an error "S4A is damaged and can't be opened..." Please advise.
    2) I have installed the Arduino software version 1.0.5 with not problem, but would appreciate if you comment I should have installed Beta version instead.

    May 3, 2014

    • Tarun

      works fine for me on OSX[masked]

      May 3, 2014

    • Nina S.

      It works now after changing the security setting of the laptop to allow to run application which did not come from Apple Store

      May 4, 2014

  • Said C.

    Won't be able to attend, giving up my spot.

    May 2, 2014

  • Jonathan T.

    We don't have PayPal, so can we pay when we get there? Thanks.

    April 26, 2014

    • Arun G.

      Yes, that would work too.

      April 27, 2014

    • Jonathan T.

      Thanks Arun! Look forward to the meetup. I think we signed up for the afternoon session.

      April 27, 2014

  • Suriyanto L.

    Hi Arun, something just came up and we can't come for the afternoon session. Do you mind transferring us to morning instead?

    April 27, 2014

  • Kim B.

    I tried to pay the $10 fee using PayPal and received an error message. I'll try to pay using the other option.

    April 18, 2014

    • Arun G.

      Working through the paypal issue, stay tuned.

      April 18, 2014

    • Arun G.

      Issue is now fixed, payments going through again!

      April 18, 2014

  • Piyush

    Grade 6+ is must ? What about grade 4+ ?

    April 15, 2014

    • Pradeep B.

      Grade level is a guideline based on what we think will be appropriate. Besides building "Things" we will discuss the "Why". It might be too much off a stretch for 4th Graders. (unless the child has shown interest and has been involved in related activities.)

      April 15, 2014

  • Joyce T.

    I wonder why the computer can only be Windows and Mac. Linux doesn't work?

    April 5, 2014

    • Arun G.

      We have tried Windows and Mac machines only. Linux may work as well but would rather focus on Arduino during the workshop instead of debugging setup on different platforms.

      April 6, 2014

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