We provide training for teachers and other professionals in the basics of Arduino programming, enabling them to support their students in the classroom. The training is hands-on and practical with a focus on understanding the basic principles. The sessions are flexible and can be tailored to suit individual situations.
We can customise a display using a range of gadgets and machines that we have constructed over time demonstrating the flexibility of the Arduino microprocessor, and how individuals can use their creativity to build their own devices.
Most Arduino kits come as a packet of components, a bunch of wires and a “breadboard”. Putting a project together becomes a nightmare of tangled wires and confusing problems when it does not work. In this case it’s hard to tell whether the problem is in the electronic wiring or in the programming, leading to all sorts of frustration.
Our kits are designed to allow the learner to focus on learning programming, not on learning electronics, which can be learnt later. All of the components in our kits are pre-wired to a small extent and have standard “servo” type plugs on them to allow flexibility in building projects, but without the confusion of basic electronics to worry about.
Techspace Learning kits have evolved slowly over time, and are put together “in-house” using components that have been specially modified by us to make using the Arduino more accessible.
In the Techspace Learning workshops, participants are not just “playing” with technology that someone else has put together, they are learning how the technology works, and about some of the nitty gritty details of digital technology.
Techspace Learning recognises the advantages that a small group of people learning together has as an educational environment. While everyone is working individually, the ability to bounce questions and suggestions off others is useful. Even if individuals are not keen on interacting, there is something encouraging about being in an environment with others who are interested in the same things as you.
This is why Techspace Learning runs small group sessions.
Many businesses in this field are concerned with making money. Techspace Learning is a registered “Not for Profit” organisation whose main focus is to provide opportunities for people to engage with technology in an informal setting.
We do not rely on grants or other funding to operate. All of the generated income goes to buying equipment, paying our trainers and covering the costs of running the organisation. Techspace Learning does acknowledge the help and support of many volunteers and organisations who donate time, knowledge, funds and space to help us achieve our aims.
“Arduino is an open-source electronics platform based on easy-to-use hardware and software. Arduino boards are able to read inputs – light on a sensor, a finger on a button … You can tell your board what to do by sending a set of instructions to the microcontroller on the board.” – Arduino