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Introduction to Arduino

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Introduction to Arduino


This month, Worcester Source is joining forces with Make: Worcester (, and having a talk about the Arduino platform, which is bound to be of interest to members of each.

Arduino is an open-source electronics platform based on easy-to-use hardware and software. Arduino boards are able to read inputs - light on a sensor, a finger on a button, or a Twitter message - and turn it into an output - activating a motor, turning on an LED, publishing something online. You can tell your board what to do by sending a set of instructions to the microcontroller on the board. To do so you use the Arduino programming language (based on Wiring), and the Arduino Software (IDE), based on Processing.

Over the years Arduino has been the brain of thousands of projects, from everyday objects to complex scientific instruments. A worldwide community of makers - students, hobbyists, artists, programmers, and professionals - has gathered around this open-source platform, their contributions have added up to an incredible amount of accessible knowledge that can be of great help to novices and experts alike.

Speaker's Bio: Andy started programming on an ICL mainframe in a friends lean-to aged 14 and hasn't stopped since. Delivering systems in a variety of industries including Oil, Security, Avionics, Simulation always with a mix of hardware and software. 5 years ago Andy was one of the founders of Cheltenham Hackspace where he now teaches electronics, programming and Python while looking after the A2 lasercutter. In his spare time he is allowed out to play in his workshop where he has a wide variety of tools including woodworking, electronics, blacksmithings, as well as a log burner and beer fridge.


Very special thanks to Holiday Extras for sponsoring this meet:

Doors open at 6pm for refreshments and networking, before the formal start just after 7pm. Don't worry if you're unable to arrive before 7pm, we'd rather you arrive late, than not at all.

Following the talk there is a general discussion about the topic at hand, and more time for networking.

We have a Slack channel which acts as a virtual water cooler, allowing you to chat the other members of the group. If you've not already joined, you can do so using the link below:

If you have any questions or ideas, hit me up on the slack channel.

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