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Explore Arduino with Moonfish Theatre – A Great Intro to Programming

Electric Theatre! Explore Arduino Workshop

with Moonfish Theatre and Educated Machine

Want to learn how to use technology to create theatre magic? Our theatre company in residence, Moonfish, has teamed up with Educated Machine to present a two-day workshop in how to use electronics, robotics and all manner of computer systems to create new forms of theatre and art. This workshop will introduce participants to the basics of electronics and to the programming tool Arduino, exploring the use of sensors and robotics in interactive theatre. Suitable for anyone with an interest in technology and fun!

What’s Arduino?

Arduino is an open-source prototyping 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.

Why Arduino?

Thanks to its simple and accessible user experience, Arduino has been used in thousands of different projects and applications. The Arduino software is easy-to-use for beginners, yet flexible enough for advanced users. It runs on Mac, Windows, and Linux. Teachers and students use it to build low cost scientific instruments, to prove chemistry and physics principles, or to get started with programming and robotics. Designers and architects build interactive prototypes, musicians and artists use it for installations and to experiment with new musical instruments. Makers, of course, use it to build many of the projects exhibited at the Maker Faire, for example. Arduino is a key tool to learn new things. Anyone – children, hobbyists, artists, programmers – can start tinkering just following the step by step instructions of a kit, or sharing ideas online with other members of the Arduino community.

Saturday 12th – Sunday 13 th of March, 10.30-2pm

9+ (open to children and adults)

€15 // family ticket for 2 €25