2016 Arduino Academy

by Ian Beardslee

Our 2016 Arduino Academy is on the 11th, 12th and 13th of July and we have recently opened the applications for the 8 places we have available.

Each year Catalyst run two Academies for senior secondary school students. In January our two week Open Source Academy introduces students to open source development, learning what they need to make a real contribution to an Open Source Project. In the July school holidays we run a 3 Day Arduino Academy.

Arduino is an open-source prototyping platform based on easy-to-use hardware and software. Arduino boards are able to read inputs and turn them into an output. In the past we have used sensors and motors to create a 'robot' that will follow lines. We are now aiming to also encourage those that are interested in the environment around them to use sensors to measure and display the likes of temperature and humidity.

Our Arduino Academy starts the first day working through parts of the Freetronics Experimenter's Kit to get an understanding of circuits and basic Arduino programming. Day two and three are spent working through combining various components to build on that knowledge.

Aimed at senior secondary school students, the Catalyst Arduino Academy is 3 days of learning about the Arduino. We hope we can inspire the students to continue to further develop their new-found knowledge on their own, or at their schools, once they have finished the Academy.

If you, or someone you know, is in Year 11 to 13 at Secondary School and can be in Wellington for the Academy on the 11th, 12th and 13th of July, head to https://ako.floss.ac.nz for the online application. If you have further questions, get in touch with Ian at academy@catalyst.net .nz