EAST Offering Arduino Training and Starter Kits


EAST Offering Arduino Training and Starter Kits
4/1/2016 7:54:11 AM

Two additional student technical training sessions are being offered in April. Students will receive training in using Arduino kits to solve community problems. Each school that attends will take an Arduino kit back with them and use that to train other students and complete community projects.

The EAST Initiative will hold two student technical training workshops in April for students interested in learning more about the Arduino and sharing the technology with their classmates.


The workshops will each be limited 10 participating schools, with no more than two students attending from any one school. Following the training, students will return with an Arduino starter kit for their home program to share and teach the concepts they’ve learned.


Arduinos are small, powerful microcontrollers. The starter kits, purchased by EAST with a grant from the Best Buy Foundation, include sensors and accelerometers, which, combined with the Arduino, can create interactive computers or robotics that can be integrated into students’ EAST projects.


“The Arduino is extremely flexible and can be applied to any number of EAST projects,” said Matt Dozier, president and CEO of the EAST Initiative. “Our goal with these seed training workshops, as with EAST itself, is to establish a broad base of access to this powerful technology by providing the hardware and empowering students to help their peers figure out how to adopt and incorporate it.”


The workshops will be held on April 26 at the EAST Initiative headquarters in Little Rock and on April 14 at the EAST training center at the University of Arkansas’s Center for Advanced Spatial Technologies (CAST) in Fayetteville. The workshops will be taught by Alan Watson, a long-time computer programmer who has led Arduino training workshops for both EAST and the Arkansas Regional Innovation Hub.


Fifty Arduino starter kits were purchased by EAST with grant funds. Thirty will be distributed during seed training workshops, expected to ultimately reach approximately 600 students, and the remaining 20 will be used by EAST in future technical training sessions.


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