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Making Sense of Microcontrollers: Programming Micro:bit, Hummingbird, Arduino, and more

December 13, 2018 @ 8:30 am - 3:30 pm

Cost | Free

Event Description | A microcontroller is a small computer on a single integrated circuit. This technology is growing in sophistication while becoming increasingly inexpensive. Microcontrollers can be integrated into the K-12 curriculum, providing students unlimited possibility to interface code on the computer with the world around them. For as little as $15, students can gauge speed, create a moving robot, and transfer a message from one device to another using radio signals.

This workshop is one part guided discovery, one part group collaboration, and three parts fun. Join other likeminded educators in discovering a new piece of hardware while exploring integration into the K-12 classroom.

Microcontrollers that will be made available along with a plethora of accessories include:

  • Arduino Uno
  • Micro:Bit
  • Makey Makey
  • Hummingbird Robotics Kits
  • Hummingbird Bit
  • SparkFun RedBoard
  • Adafruit’s Circuit Playground

Skill Level | Intermediate – This workshop is open to educators of any grade level with a working knowledge of programming, be that block-based coding–such as Scratch, or text-based coding. Participants will jump directly into exploring microcontrollers without direct support in programming.

No previous experience with microcontrollers is needed.


December 13, 2018
8:30 am - 3:30 pm


Center for Creativity


transformED WEST @ Montour HS
223 Clever Rd.
McKees Rocks, 15136 United States
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Phone: 412.394.5829
Fax: 412.394.5750
Homestead, PA 15120, US
475 E. Waterfront Drive