45 Minute Workshop 2:10pm EST
This session presents a unique and creative approach to introducing the Arduino platform for K-12 educators that makes the learning process accessible and exciting. By starting with simple grid designs on paper and translating them into numbers that can be interpreted as code, participants will be able to learn the basics of Arduino hardware and software in a fun and engaging way. The visual programming approach allows for an immediate, tangible connection between the designs and the code. Through examples from first graders, Indigenous and underserved youth, as well as college students, and through activities adapted for students of all ages and backgrounds, this session demonstrates how to lower barriers to entry for making with Arduino. Attendees will have the opportunity to try out this approach in a virtual environment.