Introducing Arduino and Physical Computing – POSTPONED

Introducing Arduino & Physical Computing

Introducing Arduino & Physical Computing

Title: Introducing Arduino and Physical Computing

Due to a bereavement, this course has been postponed. New dates will be announced soon, so please contact us if you would like to be alerted as soon as it is rescheduled.

Location: MadLab

Description: For functionality, for art, or just for making life more interesting, you’ll learn: to configure and program the Arduino, to prototype circuits, to interact with sensors and other common components, and to communicate with Processing software running on your computer. After completing the course, you’ll understand not just the limitless creative possibilities of the Arduino, but how to integrate them into larger projects. The course includes your first Arduino Uno, as well as all necessary cables and a stash of buttons, sensors and LEDS to get you hacking the real world (worth over £60).

Date: 11-04-2015
From 10:00 to 17:00

Cost: £135

Your robot army begins here.

Real World Examples

Here are some of our favourite projects using the Arduino:

Piano stairs

Joe Saavedra‘s SOBEaR, the responsible robot bartender:

Sosolimited’s HBO Snow Window

And last but not least the MadLab/HACman collaboration: Project-A-Sketch

What you need to be familiar with

Some programming background is useful, but not essential; if you’ve ever written Javascript, Pascal, C, C++, Java or Actionscript, you’ll find the Arduino programming language very familiar. If you’ve written Macros in Excel or any desktop software, you’ll find this will help you understand what’s happening.

Software and costs

'Beginners Arduino & Physical Computing' Omniversity course components

You will receive an Arduino Uno, breadboard, holder, USB cable and parts bundle. Each parts bundle contains jumper wires, two pushbuttons, two potentiometers, resistors, 10 LEDs, and a photoresistor.

Additionally, you will receive an electronic copy of the teaching materials, software, and programmes we write on a USB stick.

All software is freely available and copies will be distributed with the course materials on the day.

We will be using the Arduino IDE, which can be downloaded from for all platforms.

We will also be using the Processing IDE, which can be downloaded from for all platforms.

Equipment you’ll need

You will need to bring a computer, ideally a laptop, with a recent version of Linux, Windows or OSX installed. Make sure it’s got a USB port, which you’ll need in order to program the Arduino.

Suggested preparatory work

  • Install the Arduino IDE
  • Install the Processing IDE

Make sure both applications start and run properly on your computer – on some Linux distributions, you need to install extra software.

Familiarise yourself with the introduction to the Processing IDE (the Arduino IDE is based on it) at

Learning Outcomes

  • How to connect and configure an Arduino Uno, and upload programs to it.
    How to use a breadboard to prototype circuits, and interact with components through software
  • What different kinds of components exist and how to use photoresistor, potentiometers, and LEDs
  • How to communicate with an Arduino using USB and Processing
  • How to expand your Arduino and where to find devices and support

Your tutor: Asa Calow

Asa Calow is a freelance technologist and co-founder of MadLab. He has been working with (and teaching) Arduino since the very beginning, with commissions including a wearable lie detector, an Oyster Card operated tarot machine, and more interactive light sculptures than you can shake a stick at.


Tickets are £135 including VAT. The price includes an Arduino Experimentation Kit, lunch and refreshments throughout the day.


Due to a bereavement, this course has been postponed. New dates will be announced soon, so please contact us if you would like to be alerted as soon as it is rescheduled.

Cancellation Policy

MadLab totally understands that stuff can crop up that’s completely beyond your control.

That’s why, if you cancel up to two weeks before one of our courses, we will give you a full refund (minus Eventbrite charges).

Under a fortnight, we will do out best to resell the ticket in order to give you a full refund. If we are unable to do so, we are only able to offer 50% off the course price.

Image Credit: Snootlab