Arduino 2/2: Sensors


Apr 10th,

1:00pm — 4:00pm

Location: ZOOM (link to come)

About The Workshop


We are working on an update to this workshop to conduct it remotely. More Soon

This Workshop can be taken individually or in connection with the Motors workshophappening earlier in the day.

Participants will learn to use Arduinos* with sensors by making and programming this circuit. Once you make this and understand how it works, modifications are simple to change the sensor type (to a motion sensor for example) or the buzzer (to a pump for watering for example.) If you have any interest in these things, I encourage you to come. These skills can seem simultaneously obvious and intimidating but they are fun to learn, especially in a group setting, and can be expanded upon in fascinating ways. The workshop will begin by looking at contemporary applications in art and design.

Two categories of skills are necessary for this work and we will cover both: the bot and the brain.

To make the bot we will learn to assemble the hardware including wires, sensors, and the
motor. To give it a brain, we will learn simple programming so you can communicate to the
computer what you want the bot to do and it will tell the bot how to use its sensor and motor how to search for the sun.

Arduino is a brand name for a series of open-source circuit boards with
microcontrollers (and a lot of other stuff on them) that can be programmed to control
sensors, motors, and diodes in very simple and extremely complex combinations. Being
open-sourced means that their design is available to whoever wants to use it to make
compatible products, so you may see Arduino compatible boards made by Adafruit,
Sparkfun, and other companies.

Cross Disciplinary Connections

Arduino compatible products, sensor-controlled environments, and stepper motors are
ubiquitous. They are found in everyday objects like paper towel dispensers, gaming,
environmental systems, toys, and contemporary artworks.


Students will build a moisture sensor that can activate an alarm.

Resources for Continued Investigation


Next Steps



  • Lindsay Stoeffer