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World Arduino Day Open House

Posted By:  Liz Goodrich

Date Posted:  3/18/2014

ArduinoWhat exactly is Arduino? According to the official website, “Arduino is an open-source electronics prototyping platform based on flexible, easy-to-use hardware and software. It's intended for artists, designers, hobbyists and anyone interested in creating interactive objects or environments.” Arduino technology was created for the average person, without advanced engineering knowledge, to use for building amazing and interesting devices of their own creation. If that still doesn’t clear things up, know that Arduino is cool, hip and is the latest craze in the Maker movement. Learn about Arduino and watch technology in action at the Downtown Bend Library on Saturday, March 29 from 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. The open house is free and open to the public and is part of the worldwide celebration of Arduino.

Arduino Day is a worldwide celebration of Arduino’s first 10 years. It is 24 hours full of events, both official and independent, where people interested in Arduino can meet, share their experiences and learn more. David Robson, organizer of the event, and members of the Bend Arduino Group will be on hand to explain Arduino’s multi- purpose, real-world applications. Everyone active in Arduino technology is encouraged to come and meet others and bring their favorite project. “We’ll have Arduino projects on display, including a newly upgraded high school team's Solar Car that uses Arduino technology for the dashboard control system, an Unmanned Aeriel Vehicle (UAV) with live first-person camera and GPS navigation, a diagnostic device invented by local equine entrepreneur Kelly Barnett that aims to save lame horses from being euthanized by revolutionizing the equine field, a project from the high school robotic team and many projects from members of the Bend Arduino Group,” says Robson. People are welcome to drop by anytime for demonstrations and information.

The Arduino Open House is a precursor to workshops that will be included in the Library’s Summer Reading schedule. Thanks to the support of local organizations and businesses including The Tech Alliance of Central Oregon, SmartWaiver, Strategic Realty and the Bend Arduino Group, 20 Arduino kits will be available for workshop participants to experience Arduino.

For more information about this or other library programs, please visit the library website at People with disabilities needing accommodations (alternative formats, seating or auxiliary aides) should contact Liz at 312-1032.

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