Hello Work 2016

Posted by on January 7, 2016

We are very happy to welcome this new year!
 
For 2015 we:
 
• cut the development time of our PELARS project almost by half! (Practice-based Experiential Learning Analytics Research And Support)
• reached student number 10 000 for the Creative Technologies in the Classroom program
• ran CTC Barcelona, Madrid and Castilla
• started CTC Catalunya and Andalusia as part of a bigger coverage of CTC in Spain
• started collaborating with Intel for the CTC 101 program
• made a starter kit for Desafío STEM for Telefonica in 3 weeks
• reached 16 GB per day of data just in Educational content
• finished our first EU research project (SANDS)
• got awarded twice for regional project grants
• developed and ran the IoT Hackathon, the Wearables Hackathon, and the Zaragoza Summer Camp
 
And last but not least, we got the Sant Carles Medal from the Fine Arts Faculty from the Universitat Politècnica de València (Polytechnic University of Valencia)
 
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We also spend some time sightseeing Malmö during Festivalen last year. We had our very own sunny experience with a one-hour boat sailing through the canals around our office! Captain Quinn drove us and we had a lot of fun practicing our boat sailing skills.
 
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We are ready for more creating, coding, designing, building, prototyping, testing and whatever challenge comes along. It’s cold and snowy and winter is here so 2016 here we come!
 
 
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PELARS project has received funding from the European’s Seventh Framework Programme for research technological development and demonstrations under grant agreement 619738.

If you want to follow up the development of the project in depth, visit the PELARS main page at: http://learningmaking.eu

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“Nerea, are we going non-stop Nyan Cat this 2016?” -David Cuartielles
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FabLab on Wheels

Posted by on December 9, 2015

We recently got the Vinnova financing for the FabLab on Wheels project, so we have been working on revamping a “moving unit” that will be visiting schools in Malmö to offer them educational and technological activities for students up to 12 years old that attend to the after school programs (also known as “fritids” that means “recreational” in Swedish).
 
The aim of these activities is to engage children into technology in a playful and entertaining way in a relaxed environment during their free time. Some of the activities include basic electronics, robotics, holograms, physical and digital 3D and laser cutting.
 
We are preparing ourselves to move around the city on wheels!
Stay tuned for more information.
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CTC Andalucía

Posted by on December 7, 2015

Last week we trained more teachers for the CTC* project, this time for the Andalusia region.
We will be running the CTC* program in 75 schools with the help of 120 teachers. We meet in Granada for two days and went through the core aspects of the education programme. The classes with the students will start in January 2016 and we will celebrate the technology fair in May most likely in Málaga. We expect about 3000 students to part take in the course.
 
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*Creative Technologies in the Classroom (CTC) is a collection of experiments aimed at transforming the way technology is taught in schools around the world. These experiments introduce basic concepts in programming, electronics, and mechanics.
 
Thanks to Junta de Andalucía and our partner eduCaixa Obra Social “La Caixa”.
 

Desafío STEM

Posted by on December 2, 2015

We have been very busy the last month with many projects running at once, most of them share an educational axis and we are very pleased about it.
 
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We have just finished creating the content for Telefonica’s project called Desafío STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math). This project aims to encourage schools all over Spain to engage their students to use technology so they can participate in a national contest where they will get to present their own projects. We created content for their coordinator/teacher training program which involves thematic weeks such as Smart Industry, IoT, Digital Education and E-Health.
 
Our work included the creation of the content of the four thematic weeks as exercises that will be carried out with the help of a kit with components, materials and a book of instructions. The students and schools will have the chance to choose the topics they want to work on with the help of the teachers and a group of experienced coordinators.
 
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The awards include: visits to renowned places in the development of technology, nuclear research, biology, medicine and robotics; robotics and programming kits; and technological equipment for education.
 
We look forward to see what the students all over Spain are capable of with this educational content. More information about the project and how to participate can be accessed here: http://www.desafiostem.com/

 

Hardware and Firmware Job Calls!

Posted by on November 18, 2015
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Arduino Verkstad office, terrace view, Malmö.

JOB CALL HARDWARE

 

Arduino Verkstad AB, the Swedish branch owned by Arduino SA, the open source hardware company, is looking for a full-time Junior Hardware Developer.

 

Arduino Verkstad AB is working with different projects, and therefore we are looking for a dynamic person with proficiency in:

 

  • PCB design using Eagle from CadSoft
  • Microcontroller technology, mainly AVR and ARM architectures
  • Building electronic prototypes, soldering SMD components

 

The right candidate should also be knowledgeable in:

  • Writing firmware for Arduino boards
  • Programming languages like C and Java

 

Arduino SA is a small multinational with offices in five countries, so you should be ready to collaborate in projects with members of the other Arduino branches. Therefore we are looking forward to applicants with social skills and an interest in culture and communication.

 

Practical aspects:

  • Application: CV and project portfolio
  • Salary: To be discussed considering your application
  • Working percentage: Full-time
  • Language: Fluent in English, both written and spoken
  • Location: Office is in Malmö, Sweden. Those interested in working remotely need not apply.

 

You could imagine your weeks to look as follows:

  • Monday: sketch a new PCB design for a product-­to-­be, quickly make a proof of concept on a breadboard and present it to your team in the afternoon
  • Tuesday: spend some time in our educational forum attending questions from some of our teachers and kids around the world
  • Wednesday: revise a bug in the firmware to an existing product and send a pull request into the github repository
  • Thursday: solder a first prototype of a board by hand and make sure the basic features respond to the specifications
  • Friday: prepare an order for a larger batch of boards through one of our contractors

We welcome applicants from the whole world, willing to build a career in Sweden. Send your application to jobs-verkstad@arduino.cc.

 

 

JOB CALL FIRMWARE

 

Arduino Verkstad AB, the Swedish branch owned by Arduino SA, the open source hardware company, is looking for a full-time Junior Firmware Developer.

 

Arduino Verkstad AB is working with different projects, and therefore we are looking for a dynamic person with proficiency in:

 

  • C, C++ for writing firmware for microcontrollers, mainly AVR and ARM architectures
  • Knowledge in debugging software using JTAG, oscilloscopes, and logic analyzers
  • Writing firmware for Arduino boards

 

but also knowledge in:

 

  • Writing libraries for the Arduino ecosystem
  • Programming languages like JavaScript and Java.

 

Arduino SA is a small multinational with offices in five countries, so you should be ready to collaborate in projects with members of the other Arduino branches. Therefore we are looking forward to applicants with social skills and an interest in culture and communication.

 

Practical aspects:

  • Application: CV and project portfolio
  • Salary: To be discussed considering your application
  • Working percentage: Full-time
  • Language: Fluent in English, both written and spoken
  • Location: Office is in Malmö, Sweden. Those interested in working remotely need not apply.

 

You could imagine your weeks to look as follows:

  • Monday: analyze a pull request by a partner to a C++ library you wrote
  • Tuesday: engage in email/forum conversations with other developers in the Arduino Ecosystem
  • Wednesday: write a bootloader for a new product
  • Thursday: collaborate with someone at the office in preparing a workshop on a topic you master
  • Friday: interact with clients to plan a certain development to be made for them

 

We welcome applicants from the whole world, willing to build a career in Sweden. Send your application to jobs-verkstad@arduino.cc.

 

 

The Latest Physical Computing Development, PELARS Project

Posted by on November 9, 2015

We recently got the first batch of boards for our PELARS* European grant project. We have been working really hard with our partners to bring a system that will help improve physical computing and education altogether. It was 2005 when this board was created:
 

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“An early Arduino board[8] with an RS-232 serial interface (upper left) and an Atmel ATmega8 microcontroller chip (black, lower right)…” (Wikipedia, n.d.)
 
Many years have passed since it was featured as the main image of the Arduino website. Ten years after, in 2015, we have just accomplished to develop the first generation of new boards that will change the way technology is used and taught in schools. It seems like Arduino is getting smaller and growing in number at the same time!
 
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We will continue to develop what is next for physical computing and education thanks to the great collaboration with our PELARS partners.
 
*Pelars stands for Practice-based Experiential Learning Analytics Research And Support. Pelars is a project meant for improving how teachers, learners and technologies can support one another in hands-on learning of science, technology and math (STEM). Pelars will develop technologies (kits, sensing and electronic systems for classrooms) that will help teachers and learners understand what happens when people do science and math in the classroom.

 
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PELARS project has received funding from the European’s Seventh Framework Programme for research technological development and demonstrations under grant agreement 619738.

If you want to follow up the development of the project in depth, visit the PELARS main page at: http://learningmaking.eu

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Genuino 101 Board Announcement at Maker Faire 2015

Posted by on October 21, 2015

A very special collaboration meant to transform education was announced last weekend at the Maker Faire Rome. Massimo Banzi and Josh Walden (Senior Vice President of Intel) announced the new Genuino 101 board that will help bring technology into the classrooms around the globe as part of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) education.
 
The board features a 32-bit Intel® Quark™ microcontroller for minimal power consumption, 384 kB of flash memory, 80 kB of SRAM (24kB available for sketches), an integrated DSP sensor hub, Bluetooth* Low Energy radio, and 6-axis combo sensor with accelerometer and gyroscope.
 
Arduino 101 will be incorporated into the Creative Technologies in the Classroom (CTC) physical computing curriculum developed and tested and currently deployed in over 300 schools. CTC is the world’s first formal physical computing curriculum for elementary and secondary school classrooms and provides educators with the tools, support and confidence needed to introduce their students to the foundations of programming, electronics and mechanics.*
 

* Read more about Massimo Banzi and Josh Walden’s annoucement in the Arduino blog  (post written by Zoe Romano).
 
We are very proud about the success of our CTC educational program and how it is evolving into relevant collaborative work. We are glad to take part into shaping the future minds that will change the way technology is used, developed, improved and shared.
 
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EU Prizes and Successful Project Ending

Posted by on September 28, 2015

The SandS (Social and Smart) project was a 3 years EU project within the FP7 framework, aiming at creating the whole infrastructure for a social network of connected home appliances. The partners worked in creating a whole recommendation system that can take a natural language input as a way to request tasks to be performed by the kitchen appliances. Arduino SA developed a board that could be used to hack any appliance and connect it to the so-called SandS cloud.
 

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This project was supported the FP7 Program from The European Union with the grant number: 317947.

 

Arduino was also present at the Nice Prize (Network for Innovations in Culture and Creativity in Europe) ceremony which is an initiative that supports the creation of innovative projects made in Europe. The second prize went to PlanEt, a project using Arduino to “collect and visualise biological data from plants in order to increase the citizen’s consciousness about the role of plants in cities”.
Our project CTC (Creative Technologies at the Classroom) was selected among the finalists (a total of 230 projects where participating) and got the fourth price along with a project called Home Back Home:  “Home Back Home proposes a platform for analysis, monitoring and treatment of new models of domestic living.”

 

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Arduino comes back to Ars Electronica

Posted by on September 14, 2015

After nine years, Arduino comes back to Ars Electronica to present an intelligent module system developed at the Malmö office, the system is called Eslov and is meant to make creation and coding very easy. This system allows you to explore the concepts of physical computing by plugging modules that can be programmed using a visual interface.

 

Our partners at the PELARS* project and some of our team members went to Linz to build the PELARS “Learning + Making” Zone for the U19 / Create Your World area, a part of the festival dedicated to teenagers. A pop-up experimental learning environment was built and it aimed to support learners understand what is going on when they do hands-on science, technology & math in the classroom. Students and visitors tried Eslov and made some game dynamics to experience how the modules work. The feedback from the participants was encouraging with many students staying for a couple of hours and even returning back for multiple sessions.

 
Eslov will be also presented at the Maker Faire New York on September 26th to 27th, and Maker Faire Rome on October 16th to 18th.
 
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*Pelars stands for Practice-based Experiential Learning Analytics Research And Support. Pelars is a project meant for improving how teachers, learners and technologies can support one another in hands-on learning of science, technology and math (STEM). Pelars will develop technologies (kits, sensing and electronic systems for classrooms) that will help teachers and learners understand what happens when people do science and math in the classroom.
 

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PELARS project has received funding from the European’s Seventh Framework Programme for research technological development and demonstrations under grant agreement 619738.

If you want to follow up the development of the project in depth, visit the PELARS main page at: http://learningmaking.eu

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Robots are for everyone, The Conference Malmö 2015

Posted by on August 24, 2015

Nerea de la Riva designed and led a robotics workshop using our robot Svante at The Conference 2015 which is an event that gathers international speakers and offers workshops to explore the latest trends in the digital world. “The Conference is organised by Media Evolution, a community of 400 companies thriving in the sharing is caring culture of Malmö and southern Sweden.”
 
The workshop included a conceptual introduction of robotics in science and everyday life, and a practical introduction to motors, lights and movement control. Attendants learned how to control and program the robot using ultrasonic sensors, servo motors and LEDs.
Check out the video below with the robots queueing to follow one of the workshop participants.
 
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