Calling All Teachers

Anyone else using Arduino in the classroom or with a school activity? Want to compare notes? Got a question for me, or anyone else reading? I’d love to hear from you!


36 responses to “Calling All Teachers

  1. After more than four years of underwater deployment and testing, I’m thrilled to report that we have published our first paper: A Flexible Arduino-Based Logging Platform for Long-Term Monitoring in Harsh Environments
    (open access journal = free PDF download)

    It’s a concise summary of everything you need to start doing your own instrument based research, and demonstrates how we are using these DIY loggers in the real world.

  2. We are just assembling some Arduino lab kits for the new term, and we’ve posted a Parts & Suppliers list:

    I will be adding sensors and other items to the list as I find the time. I hope that helps teachers out there who want to give it a try, especially if they are operating with a tight budget.


  3. I recently put together a simple UNO based data logger for some of my teacher friends that is inexpensive and easy to assemble without soldering:

    Not really anything earth shattering about the design, but hopefully it’s a useful addition to the other lab exercises you have compiled here.


  4. Hello
    Perkenalkan nama saya : Ruky Dwinarputra, dari Indonesia. Kami sedang melaksanakan Program Arduino Untuk Pendidikan Kejuruan (A-UDIK) kerjasama antara Asosiasi Profesi Bursa Kerja Khususnya (AP.BKK) dengan distributor Arduino (DigiWare) dalam team Innovative Electronics.
    Kami senang sekali apabila ada yang bisa berbagi dalam pengembangan pembelajaran Mikrokontroler (Arduino) khususnya di Sekolah Menengah Kejuruan (SMK).

    Salam : Pendidikan Tepat Guna

  5. Hi,
    I’m also using Arduino in my physics class. I have the first series of projects all figured out (involving blinking LEDs controlled by a button), now I’m building the second one and trying to cleverly tie in AP Physics 2 curriculum.

    I would love to see/hear about your projects.


  6. I am developing the curriculum for a 6 week summer program in STEM subjects for high school students. I would like to base it on Arduino and would welcome suggestions for beginners kits that would be appropriate for students with no prior knowledge in electronics or programming.

  7. Hi, we are working since 2013 with arduino in Duitama Colombia

  8. we have developed a book (in Spanish) for teaching a complete year with arduino. ibook:( for ipad :

  9. I am designing an energy unit for a 5th Grade science class that includes a complete range of students from ESD/LD though gifted thinkers (66 in all). I’m hoping to use an energy unit as an introduction, followed by an electrical energy unit, then arduinos to construct robotic machines, and finally a competitive Lego Ev3 Robotics Unit. I have 12 basics kits and iPads. I’ve been looking for an iPad IDE to use with Arduino and found some good leads here. Thanks! I’ll be checking often!

  10. Hello,
    I found your site and this section via Google.
    Interesting to read and a lot of ideas for projects and education, thanks!

    I am volunteering at a local school and planning on using Arduino in 7th and perhaps even 5th grade. I have read that some even use Arduino in 3rd grade using Scratch 4 Arduino.

    I have bought half a dozen $9 2WD chassis kits and also $14 Kits (uno r3, extension shield, servo, dupont cables, modules: 4 LED, poti, switch, joystick, ldr, mic, Buzzer, ultrasonic…) along with a few extra sensors and breadboards.

    Do you have any experience with younger students, perhaps using s4a, ardublock, minibloq or Amici/Eduwear?
    Minibloq provides an interesting concept (It can even simulate robots) but I just can not get used to the interface. Ardublock seems a bit better. Despite a few issues Amici seems very nice and cleaned-up, I especially like the sensor-wizard-type dialog.
    The problem is that I only have 8×90 minutes to get them started, thus I was thinking about using one of the graphical block systems. But I might try getting them started with the Arduino IDE right away as it is for the best in the long term.
    It would help if it had a better syntax highlighting/auto-completion though. I know there are other programs that do that, but those that direclty interface with Arduino are usualy english-only or just overloaded with functions.

    At the end of the course they should all be able to take a “Nano-Bot” home with them (nano+tcrt5000+servo+power regulator=$5).

  11. I am getting a bunch of arduino kits and components for a middle school club. I teach middle school math and would love any ideas for bringing it into the classroom!

  12. I am a middle school math teacher. I plan to use arduino boards next year as a hands on piece of their math. Our first will be just base 10 conversions with LEDs to connect to long division. I am looking for any ideas on projects and how to integrate into a standards heavy class room.

  13. Thanks for sharing your work! I teach freshman physics. I’m currently working on my first arudino-for-classroom project: a crude sound level meter to replace the crappy iPad apps we used last year. Parts are 26 dollars compared to 100+ for my other options. After going through the process, I’m going to have to figure out how much of the tinkering and set-up I’d like my students to do vs. how much I’ll give them already pre-packaged. If all goes well, I’l continue to look for opportunities to have my students use the arduino as their probeware platform.

  14. Dear Professor Paul Bianchi. I am a teacher of physics and statistics in Brazil. Develop experimental research in physics using the Arduino. Give guidance to a student in a high school undergraduate research project. Is it normal for analog measurements suffer so many variations? This occurs eg measuring temperature with thermistor or LM35, ultrasonic distance sensor, etc.. Has some way to improve accuracy? I have used operational amplifiers, improved but not enough.
    The publications in Brazil do not report this kind of problem, because most people are not concerned with the accuracy of the information obtained by the sensors.
    Seemed like a her about.
    Sorry my English.
    I sincerely thank you for your attention
    Prof. Claodomir Antonio Martinazzo

  15. My students love to control machines with computers and using the arduino frees us from using school computers to interface with sensors and motors. If a student wires up an arduino wrong the most we loose is $25 and we don’t have to apologies to the IT department. To keep cost down and to have the kids realize that real life isn’t all kits and packaged items we take a trip to the auto shop. I set them up on a treasure quest and introduce them to various components and how they may look. Then they are let loose to strip the donated cars of all motors switches and relays that we can, before the cars are sent to the wreckers.
    With the arduino connected to some TIP31C transistors we can run most items or control relays that in turn run the larger motors. That is when the students get excited and truly engaged in their work.
    Be careful though, once you get the students and your shop/class to this stage you may have to work just to send the students home so you can get a much deserved break.

  16. I am just about to start a unit with Arduinos for a high school technology class. I am still learning so I am pleased to see others in the same boat. I will be checking back here often.

  17. Paul,

    d’innovative has just started the open beta testing of an online Arduino IDE called wifino. It is completely browser-based and features editing with CodeMirror, a simple git interface for versioning, online compilation, and advanced tools such as clang for code debugging.

    A solution like this may be useful in a classroom where you can avoid creating development environments on students desktop devices and leverage an online presence instead.

    The wifino IDE is a part of a total solution that will allow you to upload code using Windows, iPhone/iPad, Mac/Linux across and 802.11b/g network — wirelessly!! for the online IDE, for information on the project.


  18. Hi Paul!

    First of all, congratulations on your work and your will to share it, I’m sure many people will benefit from it!

    I would like to invite you to a board I’m starting @Quora about the use of Arduino for teaching in educational contexts, specifically (but not limited to) Highschool. The idea is to gather all the people that has any kind of experience in this subject, or that has links to resources or information, so that anyone can benefit from it! (kind of like your blog, but open for anyone to collaborate)

    I hope you can help us!

  19. Hello….I teach an intro to engineering class at my high school and we are deep into a 4th quarter final project titled the Robot Show. I am modeling my project after the one on the Univ of Minn website:

    Anyway…I started with the “getting Started With Arduino” kits from Make Magazine and it left some to be desired. Not enough parts came with the kit. I really really appreciate you posting that link to the Adafruit Industries Experimentation Kit for Arduinos as that looks like it has everything I needed to get started and will buy those next year if I don’t piece my own kits together.

    My student’s robot projects are mostly basic but I have a few that are challenging my modest knowledge of C++ programming…one student is trying to build a balancing robot and he needs help with his code. Do you have any sample if / else statements for a balancing robot?

  20. I’m planning on implementing Arduinos throughout our science and math classes with the aid of some other co-conspirators. I just added your site to my Livebinder of Arduino and Processing resources for teachers.


  21. Hello,
    I’m in my first year teaching in an urban school in Philadelphia, and I have half a roster of 12th grade physics and half of a very strange 10th grade, semester-long “electrical theory” course. It seems to have mostly focused on math-y things like Ohm’s law in the past, but I’d be interested to attempt a more electronics- and project-focused approach at least in the spring.

    Does anyone know of educational discounts for Arduino boards or kits? My school is completely strapped for cash, and I’m hesitant to ask for lots of money in my first year. Does anyone know of a place where I can find the gateway skills my students will need to learn the basics of Processing? My students tend to be at 8th or 9th grade reading and math levels at best, and have taken only a rudimentary physical science course, so I’m concerned about them having the skills to approach the lessons here.

    Thanks for all your good work!

  22. If you are looking for some ideas perhaps my Arduino tutorials would be of interest –

  23. Hi,
    Great site! I am using Arduino with my 9th grade math/physics class. We started with blinking the light but now we are up to making Arduino controlled catapults, Wii controlled cars, video games controlled by sensors, and more.

    I will definitely keep checking in.

  24. I’ve been using Arduino in my electronics class for a few years now. I also used it in my online Physical Computing class. All my materials for both courses are online under a Creative Commons license if anyone is interested.

    I figured it’d be easier to keep everything in one place and I managed to score a great domain name.

  25. Vinicius Meza

    Hello, greatings from Brazil!
    I´m a high school professor and I teach universitary physics. I´m starting with Arduino and one of my projects is using Arduino to create a kit for free falling bodies. Soon I´d like to share something with the teachers community!

    Cheers, Vinicius

  26. Christopher Dahle

    I’m a middle school teacher (11-12 year-olds). I’d like to do something with physical computing with my science classes, but I need to learn more about arduino first.

  27. I started using the arduino this year with my high school students (aged 13-19). I taught a quarter long Physcial Computing course and will continue it with a new group of students next semester.

    I also started collaborating with another teacher on a K12 curriculum. We’re working on it at but just started so there’s nothing there. My goal is to have students make their own equipment for science class.

  28. Hi,
    I am in the new year going to be running a class in microcontroller/robotics for a number of students aged 11-18yrs. I am moving from PICKITS to Arduino.


    Kirit Gordhandas
    Teacher of Mathematics

    • Hi Kirit, that sounds like great fun! I haven’t worked with that wide an age range, but my 17-year-olds were able to use Arduinos with some Lego bits to put together a light-following robot in 3 or 4 classes largely on their own (after working through the 8 lessons here.) Let me know if I can be of any help, and I’d love to know what sort of projects you come up with!
      Cheers, Paul

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