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Short Course: Getting started with Arduino and Programmable Electronics

Sunday, 25 July 2021
2 – 4pm

If you are new to Arduino or are interested in using programmable electronics in your projects, then this short course is perfect for you.

Learn some of the fundamental terms, tools and tricks as well as getting a better understanding of how to get started with testing and prototyping using electronics components. Including what Arduino boards can do, which types of device to use, where to find cool sensors and parts, and how to start in the scary world of coding… (big hint… it’s easy and not too scary!

By the end of the course you should be able to

· Understand what types of programmable boards are available, and which are best to use

· Know how to get started with programming your Arduino

· Confidently make lights flash, buzzers buzz and sensors sense!

· Create your own programmable prototype circuits

The course structure includes three live online group sessions for a shared learning experience, with a group of makers looking to improve their digital skills. Completely practice led you’ll learn by testing and prototyping with your very own electronics kit (supplied) moving forward step by step at your own pace with the help of video guides. As the course builds you will become comfortable using different components and software.

The key skills demonstrated within the video sessions will enable you to start applying what you have learnt to your own projects.

Who is this for?

This course is suitable for beginners and will cover the basics and is aimed at makers who want to add something digital or interactive to their projects or prototypes and anybody wanting to give ‘coding’ a go.


· Access to Arduino IDE – available for free here.

· A personal computer – core i3 or better.

· A desk space (there will be loads of small pieces that love to find the floor!)

The course will be led by James Hannam, STEAMhouse’s Operations and Prototyping Manager.

Participants must be able to attend all live sessions.

How to apply:

This course is fully funded as part of the STEAMhouse Funded Programme.

To take part you must be an eligible SME – this means you must be registered as a self-employed sole trader or have your own business and be based in England. You will need to provide a UTR number or Company Registration number to join the course.

To apply to take part please email the following information to by Monday 19 July. Please write “Arduino Course” in the subject header.

1. A short expression of interest explaining why you want to join the course and how you think it will benefit your business. We are looking for participants who have a clear sense of how they might apply the knowledge they will gain.

2. If you are not already a STEAMhouse member, please also introduce yourself and let us know what you do, and where you are based – including confirmation that you are self-employed or have your own business.



What is STEAMhouse?

STEAMhouse is a space to experiment, test and develop new knowledge. At the project’s heart are five key principles – conversation, exploration, collaboration, openness and newness.

Open since early 2018, STEAMhouse is powered by Birmingham City University, in partnership with Eastside Projects and funded by the European Regional Development Fund. The Funded Programme supports businesses, including self-employed, sole-trading artists, to test new ideas, prototype and make new products and services (which if you are an artist may be artworks) as well as explore the potential of digital technologies to help you collaborate and innovate.

In 2022 STEAMhouse will move into the new, purpose-built Belmont Works building.

Find out more HERE