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.
CoffeeBots workshop with teachers from local schools in Beijin, China
Massimo Banzi & Michael Shiloh co-author of Getting Started with Arduino 3rd Edition.
Judy Aime' Castro as Technical Illustrator
Our one wheeled vehicle X was designed for heavy terrain and going over obstacles. 2015
Funny Fans, 2015
Funny Fans at the workshop in Beijin, China. 2015
He is a wiggly creature that is highly social and charming. He is made of coffee cans, egg cartons and electronics. His characteristic wiggle is thae actual bouncing of the coffee cans and changing of direction of the motors. He has an Arduino, a Motor Shield and Ping sensor for a reverse action. 2014
CoffeeBot workshop at the Exploratorium Museum, The Chef by Jenny, 2012
CoffeeBots! Making movable art and robotics a little easier with Arduino!
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
By Laura Case, Staff Writer, Contra Costa Times 2011
photo by Susan Tripp Pollard
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