1. Workshop at the V&A: Intro to Arduino

    As part of the V&A Digital Design Weekend, MzTEK will be running an introduction to physical computing with Arduino. In this workhsop, contribute a piece to the interactive art installation. Thin plastics strips will be attached to a small fan, which activates when a shadow is cast over it.

    Make your own interactive fern

    This Arduino-beginners course will teach you how to control a small fan and to make it interactive by sensing the light in its environment. After a 2 hour workshop you will not only have learned the basics to programming an Arduino and connect electrical components, but also you will have taken part in a collaborative art work, as all the outcomes of the workshop will contribute to a bigger interactive installation.

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    Workshop by Katrin Baumgarten.


    Saturday, 21st September 2013
    14.00 – 17.00


    This workshop is part of the V& Digital Weekend at The V&A Digital Studio, Sackler Centre
    Cromwell Road, London SW7 2RL

    Places are limited, this workshop is open to all: SIGN UP HERE

  2. Arduino Basics At Access Space – Sheffield

    Interaction designer Katrin Baumgarten will guide you through the steps to making a simple interactive bubble machine using an Arduino, sensors, electronics and some programming.

    This workshop will give you enough knowledge to get you started creating all kninds of interactive crazyness… such as Katrin’s tea pot Raging Roger!, commissioned by MzTEK for Chi-TEK.

    Katrin Baumgarten holds an MA from the Royal College of Art and an MSc from Imperial College London in Innovation Design Engineering. Her projects revolve around human-technology interaction and explore future possibilities within technology and art. She loves to see the magic that appears when an inanimate object suddenly starts to move and respond to external stimuli in ways normally attributed to humans.

    This workshop is suitable for beginners, so just come and have a try, and most of all, fun!


    Access Space
    3-7 Sidney Street
    S1 4RG


    Saturday 9 June, 2012
    10am – 5pm

    Sign up! it’s FREE!!!!!!!

    This workshop is a women only workshop… and it’s FREE! – so you’ve got nothing to lose!
    To book a place contact Access Space on 44 (0)114 2495522 

    This workshop is supported by

  3. Wearable Tech – LilyPad Arduino Intro

    Beginners guide to the LilyPad Arduino for wearable technology.

    Join our one day introduction to the LilyPad Arduino and get your garments interactive!

    During the course of the day you will be introduced to the basics of soft circuitry, some basic electronics, Arduino software, programming, and reading a sensor.
    At the end of the day you will have a functioning interactive patch, which you can sew onto a garment, bag or cushion cover.


    • A piece of fancy fabric of your choice –  it is best to use something non-stretchy and stiff, something like cotton or canvas.
    • If you want to bring your own laptop, please make sure you have installed the latest Arduino Software on it.
    • A USB to mini-USB  (you are bound to have one somewhere, we thought best not to buy more ;)


    £75 +  booking fee – Includes discounted LilyPad Arduino 
    This includes the LilyPad Arduino, LilyPad Battery Holder and FTDI board.


    £35 +  booking fee – Not including LilyPad Arduino 
    This is for those who do not require a LilyPad Arduino Kit as above – There will not be spares to borrow unfortunately, please make sure you have one for the workshop if you purchase this ticket.


    April 14th 2012
    10am – 5pm


    129—131 MARE STREET


    Sophie McDonald is a creative technology workshop developer and educator, delivering workshops for clients such as V&A, Barbican and Maker Faire. Sophie is an artist, developer, producer and co-founder of sketchPatch , an online computer-programming playground for coders, artists and designers – and newbies! :)

    This is a women only workshop.

    Sign up HERE


    This workshop is kindly supported by







  4. DIY Pacduino Workshop, V&A Museum

    Create LED light patterns or program your own PACMAN-like game.

    This fabulous workshop covers how to use the basic electronic components (switch, potentiometer, resistor, capacitor etc) and introduce how to control a micro-controller, Atmega 168 using the open-source Arduino software.

    In this workshop you will create your own lighting patterns, such as texts and images and also develop a simple game, using a bespoke pre-designed led-matrix circuit.

    Check out this example video of the DIY PACMAN game

    Where & When

    5 November – 10am  – 4.30pm

    V&A Museum Sackler Centre, South Kensington, London


    – a power supply (output: 12V, over 1A): Yes! Finally something to do with all those old phone chargers! Please check your power chargers for a mobile phone, a computer or other electronic devices.

    No prior computer programming experience is needed.

    To Register

    As usual, this is a women only workshop.  All bookings to be made through the V&A.
    Tickets are £80 or £64 concession
    Please call 020 7942 2211 to book or sign up through the web site.

    The Instructor

    This fantastic workshop will be lead by Eunjoo Shin, www.ejoo.org, www.comms.me Eunjoo Shin, an artist, explores interaction design, sound and public installation. Her art works have been featured in many venues, including FILE festival 2009 in Sao Paulo, Peadhead at Lower Manhattan Cultural Council in New York and Seoul Art Center in Seoul. Her work, Vocal Trio was selected as one of the best interaction desgins by the Korean Federation of Design Associations, and published in the design yearbook, CREATIO 2009.

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  5. Arduino Basics


    Supported by SPACE.

    Coming up in a few week’s time : our next exciting workshop.  This time, interactive expert Daniel Hirschmann takes us through an introduction to Arduino and how to get started programming and setting up basic interactive elements.  We’ll cover the basic circuitry, programming Arduino, and users various sensors and components.

    The kick-off to a series of Arduino-based workshops, this first one will get you situated using fun sensors, lights, and components.

    Sign up quickly as spaces are limited!  Sign up for the event now!

    Arduino starter kits are available at Oomlout.com.  Pre-order your kit today, if you would like to be able to work with your own Arduino and take your project home with you.  Extra kit will be available at the workshop to borrow (and possibly purchase) for the course, if you don’t bring your own.

    Please contact us if you have any questions

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