I had never heard of an Arduino before let alone what they did! So this workshop was an eye opener for me. I have now found out that the 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. In the workshop we programmed what were called Neopixels or LED lights to flash and change colour. The code is fairly simple, once I got my head around the code text I was able to change the colours and flashes with confidence. In fact I was the first one in the class to get it all going with no issues – was a little bit chuffed!
Along with the coding we had to first put together the circuit from the Arduino to the Neopixels, which involved using a soldiering iron, something that I had not done since I was in early high school. The actual Arduino boards at first glance looks quite complicated, having to thinking about electronics and circuits I found daunting. However it was pretty easy to pick up and enjoyed the process. I was looking forward to incorporating this into my project.