Arduino Workshops in Berlin Featured

This March, the Arduino team offered special workshops at the new Arduino Franchise Store in Berlin.  Tenaya Hurst, Education Accounts Manager, taught students and their teachers over the weekend.
Workshops mainly featured the Libretto kit, which is available already in English, German, and Italian.  The latest kits will fit the model of four projects for a two-hour workshop, which gives teachers plenty of options to integrate Arduino into their classroom. Alternatively, teachers may present one project at a time in 30 minute lessons. 


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Students received an Arduino Uno, the components necessary, and a printed booklet (just like the larger Starter Kit).  In addition, Tenaya had created a basic presentation of slides which helps to introduce Arduino to the class. These workshops in Berlin were a great opportunity to see how students go through the projects, what are their struggles, and how we can always make better kits and curriculum. 


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What we knew:

*Students come to an Arduino workshop with a wide spectrum of knowledge.  As a teacher, you need to find a pace that doesn’t rush the beginners too much, but still keeps everyone on task.

*The first chapter in the Libretto Kit helps students navigate circuits only, which helps them learn how the breadboard works - so no computer programming needed on the first chapter.

*Some students assemble the circuits quickly and want extra software challenges to try while others in the class may still be working on their breadboard. 





What we learned:

*A large group of students who know each other makes for the best workshop, they have fun and relate throughout the workshop.

*A small group of students in a workshop, are of course just as important to teach, but interesting how the energy is a little lower, and students tend to work a little slower.

*Though students have the printed copy of how to assemble their circuit, we observed that many students built the circuit by looking at the presentation slide projected.  






As often as the Arduino team can, we enjoy offering workshops, especially with the great opportunity we have in Berlin.  Half of the store’s space there is devoted to a classroom with all the amenities to invite guests to learn more about electronics.  The people of Berlin are always welcome to the store or any upcoming workshops - it is always a privilege to impart a new skill to eager students.

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