CTC Kreatech Technology Fair

Posted by on June 16, 2015

We were looking forward for the Swedish students of CTC Kreatech* to show the outcome of their courses. We’ve just celebrated the technology fair and the presentation was held at our partner’s space STPLN, which is a great cultural space next to one of the most important open skateparks in Sweden. The event had a participation of 100 students and 30 projects.
The students got to use the machines at Fabriken (STPLN’s Fablab) to 3D print or lasercut parts for their projects and presentations. They did a really good job at exhibiting their creations: a very young group (11-12 years old) won the best project by presenting a plant watering system that regulates water pumping with a humidity sensor.
Other projects included a wearable LED bracelet, a remote control car, elevators, a pouring salt cloud machine, a prototype of a chair for people with mobility limitations, and a turning head doll controlled with sensors. We were really glad that some also added complexity to their projects by using remote control via bluetooth. School and government representatives felt engaged to make a bigger and better technology fair for next year. Congratulations Malmö for the success!
*This is a project that works with eight different primary and secondary schools in Malmö with the participation of 16 teachers and 400 students to implement the CTC Educational Program which 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.
CTC Kreatech is financed by The Swedish Inheritance Fund (Allmänna Arvsfonden) and it’s a collaboration between STPLN and Arduino Verkstad.
Photos: Alrik He


Video by Staffan Hessel

Our Educational Program CTC got funded by Internetfonden! (Internet Fund in Sweden)

Posted by on May 27, 2015

We are very glad to announce that our project Creative Technologies in the Classroom (CTC) was selected to be funded by the Internetfonden in Sweden which is an institution derived from the administration of the .SE top level domain. Part of the profits from that domain suffix go to different funds for various initiatives that contribute the Internet development in Sweden.
“The selected projects have to be related to technological development, applied research, dissemination of knowledge about the Internet and its use, and develop or use the Internet in an innovative way.” -Internetfonden
We will improve the CTC* project by adding content for the Internet of Things**, we will implement our educational program to high school students so they learn how to connect the physical world to the Internet through practical examples and projects using Arduino Yun.
*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.
**Internet of Things brings to life the idea that everything can be connected to the Internet: your microwave and your car, your locks and your bike at the gym. All these objects can communicate with each other and exchange data to offer people easier ways to manage everyday life tasks.
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CTC Castilla 2015 Technology Fair 3rd Edition

Posted by on May 19, 2015

Creative Technologies in the Classroom* gives us a lot of joy whenever we visit the students’ fairs. Each iteration of CTC (Madrid, Castilla, Barcelona and so forth) has its own technology fair and it is meant to award and congregate students and their projects.
*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.
Arduino Verkstad, teachers, school and government representatives join as well to celebrate and share what students have learned along the program. This year is the third edition of CTC Castilla and the fair had 140 projects, 936 students and 70 teachers. We have noticed that:

  • Teachers learned along with the students since they are not reproducing the CTC projects as the final projects, they have innovating by bringing new ideas
  • We got told that teachers are forced by the students to open the labs late after school hours because they want to spend more time working on their projects
  • Students have become pretty good at pitching projects, not only their production is excellent, but also their presentation skills

Some of the most impressive projects are:
A robotic hand controlled from a phone that even had an app with the sign language alphabet so that the hand would “talk” for you, and an R2D2 made of recycled materials. All the pictures and many videos of the projects can be seen here. Thanks to Centro Regional de Formación del Profesorado, Castilla La Mancha and congratulations to all CTC participants!


Robots are for everyone

Posted by on May 18, 2015

Everyone can learn about robots and robotics.
So sign up for a 4 hour practical introduction to robotics within The Conference 2015 Malmö, that is one of the most important yearly events about digital culture and innovation. During two days, Media Evolution will host 50 speakers from around the world to share their thoughts on the digital world.
You will get to use our very friendly Arduino Robot called Svante and remember: it’s free of charge, no technical or programming experience is needed and there is only room for 12 participants. Hurry and register!
Robots are for everyone
Media Evolution
9:00 am – 2:00 pm
Monday August 17, 2015

Job call: Project Manager specialised in Education

Posted by on May 7, 2015

Have you worked managing a team that develops educational programs? Have you done management in the educational field?
We are looking for an Educational Projects Administrator.
Your tasks will include:

  • Managing educational projects commissioned by funding bodies, and directed towards schools, teachers and students.
  • Coordinating the production of educational kits from internal and external resources to Arduino.
  • Internal planning, scheduling, communication, and reporting of education projects.
  • Time-reporting and HR management, and education projects-specific admin issues.

Arduino Verkstad AB is currently running a series of educational projects in Sweden, Spain and Ecuador. We are looking for a person to help manage those projects, but also help in the expansion to other markets.
You will become part of our project management team reporting directly to the Education Manager of Arduino, based at Arduino Verkstad AB and collaborating both with the Arduino SA’s CEO office in Switzerland and with members of the other Arduino companies in Europe. In this respect, we are looking forward to get applications from candidates with outgoing and professional personalities.
You should be familiar to different tools for project administration like e.g. Basecamp or Microsoft Project. You should know about educational standards in documentation, education software tools and policies.
We are looking for a flexible, driven, communicative, articulate, problem-solver.
You should be ready to start working with us as soon as possible.
Arduino Verkstad is a multilingual company which means that you need to be fluent in English, Swedish knowledge is preferred.
Practical aspects:

  • salary: to be discussed considering your application
  • percentage: we are looking for people that can start working 100%
  • our office is located Malmö, Sweden

Please send your application to jobs-verkstad@arduino.cc

David Cuartielles / Arduino Platform, Swedish Engineering Prize (SER) 2015

Posted by on May 7, 2015

We are happy and proud to announce that our CEO David Cuartielles got this year’s prize from the Swedish Electrical and Computer Engineers’ National Association (Svenska Elektro- och Dataingenjörers Riksförening) SER. The association awards an engineering student and a senior engineer that works with electrical, data and IT technology. The senior engineer has to lead an important role in smart and sustainable technological development.
“This year the award goes to David Cuartielles from Malmö University for his open source platform Arduino, which is based on easy to use hardware and software to develop interactive projects.”
This award has been possible thanks to the kind support of the Arduino family, Malmö Högskola and most importantly, the open source community.

We are waiting for David to arrive from Stockholm to celebrate and fika!


Wearable Tech Hackathon 2015 @ MINC

Posted by on April 29, 2015


We partnered with Minc to host the Wearable Tech Hackathon 2015 last weekend with the participation of 34 people from different backgrounds such as electronics, interaction design and experienced hacking. The winner of the hackathon was the Electromagnetic Field Sensing Hoodie that is a sweater that measures electromagnetic radiation in the environment, it also contains a heart rate monitor to measure how EMF affects humans.
Other projects developed at the hackathon were:
2nd Price: MFJAB: A person locator meant to shorten long distances or time in large spaces when trying to find a specific person in a workingspace. The device also indicates the status of the person: busy, break or meeting.
3rd Price: Gröna vågen för cyklister: A box that helps cyclists anticipate traffic so they can hit the green lights on all traffic signs. The device helps also adjust the speed of the cycling as well.
WakeyWakey-P: A bracelet that wakes you up if you fall asleep when you shouldn’t.
Leta barn: A device that helps locate lost children in an open space, this is meant for excursions in the woods or any other space with a difficult or complex access.
More information about the projects is available here (in Swedish). Find more pictures of the hackathon here.


STEAM Barcelona

Posted by on April 21, 2015

David Cuartielles just arrived from giving a talk in Barcelona for the First STEAM International Conference at the Cosmo Caixa Museum. The conference is about how technology and science are addressed in educational fields. It aims to bring together some of the most successful and evaluated projects in the fields of research, methodology and, in particular, practice on how STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) and STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) are applied in both Europe and the United States.
The panel included conferences from TUFTS University, The George Lucas Foundation, The National Museum of Science and Technology in Milan, The National Science Learning Centre in York and The Royal Institute of London, among others.
David’s talk included the birth of Arduino, the Creative Technologies in the Classroom project, the Svante Robot developed for Etopia Kids and PELARS (Practice-based Experiential Learning Analytics Research And Support).
More information about the event: http://steambarcelona.org/

Arduino Day Pictures

Posted by on April 20, 2015

We celebrated with 150 people at the MINC startup incubator with the presence of many creative makers that included students from Interaction Design at Malmö University, the IoT connected apartment of Casa Jasmina and the Creative Technologies in the Classroom Program. We also had presentations from a maker that created an open virtual reality device, an expert in wearable technology, an expert in robotics, the creators of an incredible tiny quadcopter and many other enthusiasts that shared their projects and interests.
Thanks to all for participating, helping out, celebrating with us and most of all, for sharing!
Here are some pics of the event in Malmö.
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Creative Technologies in the Classroom Ecuador

Posted by on April 1, 2015

Creative Technologies in the Classroom* has been successfully implemented in Ecuador since the fall of 2014 in 40 different places along the country, to more than 600 participants and thanks to the Telefonica Foundation Ecuador.
CTC Ecuador has also been implemented within the Pro Niño Project that helps employed children to attend to educational activities and learn about technology. This aims to open an opportunity for them to study at the technical universities in the area (many of them also support the project). The teachers for CTC/Pro Niño are social workers instead of regular school teachers. Here are some pictures of the program in El Oro and the South of Quito.
Some CTC Ecuador projects were also presented at an exhibition in Cuenca about society, art and technology hosted by Telefonica Movistar Ecuador.
*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.