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/
 
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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.
 
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Android Wear Meetups

Posted by on March 30, 2015

David Cuartielles and Andreas Göransson just released a book called Professional Android® Wearables and as a result, they will give a series of meetups for programming Android Wear devices.
If you want to learn about Android Wear from zero, or if you want to share your experience in programming for this exciting platform, come and join us in a weekly tour to the basics of Wear.
 
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The agenda and tickets can be found here. The dates are March 31st, April 7th, April 21st and May 5th (Tuesdays after work), and they will be hosted at MINC.
 
The meetups are free and open to donation. Come join us and learn about Android Wear!

 

Job opportunity for Java Developers!

Posted by on March 25, 2015

Arduino, the company behind the wildly popular open-source hardware platform, is looking for an experienced, full time, Java Developer for a temporary position (3+ months). We need someone with good skills in html5/javascript to work at our office in Malmö, Sweden.
 
Skills & Requirements
 
- At least 2+ Year of working in Java Development is a must
- Experience with Html5 and Javascript
- MVC and OOP knowledge is required for the full understanding of the tasks
- Eclipse and debugger tools is a must
- Git understanding is a must for us, we use the Github workflow
- Good knowledge of English, both written and spoken, also Swedish and Spanish is a plus but not a requirement
- Availability to start at the beginning of APRIL is a must
 
Additional Assets
 
- Experience with the JFX or similar graphic programming toolsets
- Understanding of backend services in webapps
- Experience with UI development and having some understandings of interface design
- Experience with SCRUM as a development process
- Comfortable with working in multidisciplinary teams, for example with Graphic Designers, and generally in a team-oriented environment
- An open mind and and ability to think outside the box, after all, we are
 
How to apply
 
If you meet these requirements, we’d love for you to get in touch. We need you
ASAP! Please send us your CV (and/or Linkedin page) and links to any projects
you have previously developed (please specify exactly what you did, and how, for
each of them) to jobs-verkstad@arduino.cc before April 1st. Additionally, in order to expedite the process we would be grateful if you would indicate your preferred salary range.
 

Connected Appliances Tests @ WiLabs2, iMinds, Belgium

Posted by on March 11, 2015

David Cuartielles and Ernesto López from our hardware team just came back from the w-iLab.t Zwijnaarde, that is a generic wireless testbed located at Ghent’s University, in Belgium. They had the opportunity to go there to perform tests for our connected appliances project SandS (Social&Smart).
 
The location is very impressing and it is equipped with 60 wireless nodes with Bluetooth, Ethernet and WiFi interfaces. There are as well 16 moving access points installed on top of hacked Roomba Robots. More pictures available here.
 
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6 Arduino Yun boards and 4 SandS motherboards were placed (our white-labelled motherboard for connected home appliances) for running stress tests on the wireless connection. We want to check how a connected kitchen would behave in the presence of many other WiFi enabled devices.
 
The team spent two days configuring an experimental set up to run tests remotely from our office in Malmö, Sweden. Once the firsts tests are completed, we will introduce as many interference sources as possible by means of virtual nodes (that can be simulated at the lab), an induction cooking plate and radio signals to test the system’s limitations.
 
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Hackfest, London Festival of Education, 2015

Posted by on March 4, 2015

Our  interaction designer Clara Leivas just came back from representing Arduino Verkstad at the Hackfest London 2015 last Friday and Saturday. The event was held by the Institute of Education at the University of London and consisted of exploring the use and purpose of sensor-based STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) applications for the Internet of Things. Young students from Greg City Academy were invited on Friday to develop solutions to real problems using Arduino physical computing devices in 48 hours.


Some of the projects included the following prototypes: a robotic guide for people with visual impairments, a remote control glove for switching the lights and a physical coin sorter. They also got to present their projects to the audience of the London Festival of Education.

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This event was part of the PELARS research project.


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

 

2015 Arduino Day Malmö at MINC

Posted by on February 25, 2015

Let’s power the LEDs candles on the Arduino cake the 28th of March!

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Get your tickets at Eventbrite https://2015arduinoday-verkstad.eventbrite.com. The entrance is free of charge. Come from 13:00 to 18:00 to MINC, located at Anckargripsgatan 3, Malmö (in front of Orkanen).

OPEN CALL FOR PARTICIPANTS: If you have a nice project or idea that you want to present apply here and participate either in the showroom at the projects area or by giving a 20 minutes talk. The selected projects will be provided with catering (lunch) and beers after the event. Deadline for applications is Friday, March 13th.

Activities:

  • Online hangout with Arduino offices around the globe
  • Talks (education, technology, Internet of Things and more)
  • Light installation
  • Arduino Verkstad demos (CTC educational program and Svante robot)
  • Projects Showroom

*Stay tuned for a detailed schedule with the list of participants, information and timings.

The event is open to all, come join us and sing the birthday song to Arduino in multiple languages!

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PELARS @ Dublin

Posted by on February 25, 2015


The last two days we have been working with our PELARS (Practice-based Experiential Learning Analytics Research And Support) project in Dublin. We were are the general assembly meeting where all the project partners (12 in total) came to discuss about the progress of the project.
The main goal of this project is to create a learning analytics system (LAS). The LAS is a complex tool that integrates computer vision, specifically designed furniture, and a new generation of Arduino modules and IDE. The LAS is meant to inform three different kinds of stakeholders: students, teachers, and researchers.


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Each one of the LAS’ users will get the chance to learn from the information captured by the system. Students will get reports about their progress, while teachers will get to understand whether some of the concepts being studied in class are understood properly. We, the researchers, are going to get the opportunity to learn about which are the issues people face when building projects in a collaborative setting.

The PELARS GA meeting took place at NCAD (National College of Art and Design) in Dublin, built at the site of an old Whisky brewery. The school is an amazing show of how a design school should be. There are modelling studios, painting studios, CGI ones, courses in physical computing, a great carpentry with everything you could find at a FabLab.
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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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