Teach me to Make provides art and science tinkering workshops. Our popular electronics and mechanics workshops encourage tinkering: taking things apart, building whimsical contraptions using salvaged components, recycled objects and inexpensive supplies, and repurposing contraptions to different needs. Using both an artistic and technical approach, each student is guided and encouraged in the way best suited to their way of thinking.
Jerusalem, Mini Maker Faire March 2013
Mini Maker Faire Jerusalem March 18-19, 2013 - CoffeeBot 2.0 workshop
Collaboration with Arduino, Maker Faire San Mateo, 2012
CoffeeBots! Making movable art and robotics a little easier with Arduino!
By Laura Case, Staff Writer, Contra Costa Times 2011
With a personality all their own, Charlie Chaplin and Carmen Miranda
Judy Castro doesn't have a background in engineering. But with Arduino, she doesn't need one to make her sculptures move, light up or breathe fire. The San Francisco artist uses the microcontroller and software program to create interactive works of art -- something she once might have paid an electrical engineer thousands of dollars to do.
Arduino, the 6-year-old, user-friendly microcontroller, is emerging as a powerful, popular tool for artists and others in the Do-It-Yourself community. Arduino can be as small as your pinkie finger and can cost less than $30, but it can light up a few LEDs for the beginning programmer or, with the help of amplifiers and mechanical parts, turn on a hydraulic ram that will lift tons, ignite a flamethrower or create a light show that can illuminate a stadium.
"When I started tinkering with Arduino, it was very easy to understand," she says. "It's actually a lot of fun to work with without being frustrating so you can focus on the aesthetics of your piece rather than the coding."
In addition to its low cost, Arduino's open source nature -- which allows people to share their work -- is moving the microcontroller out of the realm of hackers and artists and into the hands of hobbyists young and old, says Make Magazine Associate Publisher Dan Woods. Unlike other tools, he notes, Arduino wasn't made for geeks
photo by Susan Tripp Pollard
Tinkering Workshop at Exploratorium museum of science, art and human perception
Tinkering workshop was sponsored by the IEC, Lift Conference Geneva 2010