MIT: Independent Activities Period: IAP

IAP 2017

Collaborative Design and Creative Expression with Arduino MIcrocontrollers

Kyle Keane, Lecturer, Craig Carter, Professor, Materials Science and Engineering, Andrew Ringler, non-MIT lecturer, Mark Vrablic, MIT Student, EECS, Abhinav Gandhi, Visiting Student, EECS

Jan/09 Mon 01:00PM-04:00PM 13-4101, bring laptop
Jan/10 Tue 01:00PM-04:00PM 13-4101, bring laptop
Jan/11 Wed 01:00PM-04:00PM 13-4101, bring laptop
Jan/12 Thu 01:00PM-04:00PM 13-4101, bring laptop
Jan/13 Fri 01:00PM-04:00PM 13-4101, bring laptop
Jan/17 Tue 01:00PM-04:00PM 13-4101, bring laptop
Jan/18 Wed 01:00PM-04:00PM 13-4101, bring laptop
Jan/19 Thu 01:00PM-04:00PM 13-4101, bring laptop
Jan/20 Fri 01:00PM-04:00PM 13-4101, bring laptop

Enrollment: Limited: Advance sign-up required
Sign-up by 01/07
Limited to 40 participants
Attendance: Participants must attend all sessions
Prereq: none

Register at for this 9-day hands-on workshop about collaboration, design, and electronics prototyping. No previous experience with computer programming or electronics is required. Beginning students will be taught everything they need to know and advanced students will be challenged to learn new skills. Participants will work in small teams to design and build electronics projects using open-source microprocessors. Team projects are completely open-ended and designed by participants, past projects have included: an internet-connected weather simulation station, a giant LED billboard, and a CNC drawing machine. Participants will complete three guided projects in order to learn the fundamentals and will then break into small teams to complete a one-day mini-project of their choosing. After the mini-project, participants will break into new teams that will each get $250 and four days to design, plan, and build a custom project of their choice. On the last day of the course, students will present their projects in public exhibition and have the chance to win a prize for crowd favorite. Participants will learn about microcontroller programming using Arduino, collaborative software development using GitHub, solderless electronics prototyping, electronic sensors, rapid prototyping, and small team management.


Sponsor(s): MIT-SUTD Collaboration, Materials Science and Engineering
Contact: Kyle Keane,