Shrimping (hand-built Arduino) workshop

When: 19th Apr 2018, 18:00 - 19th Apr 2018, 20:00
Where: BCS, 1st Floor, The Davidson Building, 5 Southampton Street, London, WC2E 7HA
Town/City: London
Organiser: BCS Open Source Specialist Group
Price: Free

Speaker: Led by Jeremy Bennett, Chair, BCS Open Source SG

Summary of event:

The shrimp is a small Arduino compatible computer built on a breadboard.

In this 1.5 hour workshop you will learn how to build and program a Shrimp, with two projects.

Project 1: Flashing LED. This project is to get you started. You will build the shrimp, and get it to flash a small LED. You will then learn how to program the shrimp to change how the LED flashes.

Project 2: Persistence of vision. You will add a line of LEDs to your shrimp, and program it to flash them at very high speed, so when waved in the air it spells out a message.

At the end of the workshop you can take your shrimp home with you.

This workshop is suitable for anyone over the age of 7. For children 7-11, it is very much about following instructions to build a computer. For older children (our record is 92), you will start to understand how a computer works and want to explore how much it can be modified.

Pre-requisites: BCS Open Source SG will supply the Shrimping kits. You'll need to bring a laptop with the free Arduino IDE installed (https://www.arduino.cc/en/Main/Software).

Speaker Biographies (50 words per speaker):
Dr Jeremy Bennett is Chair of the BCS Open Source Specialist Group. He is also Chief Executive of Embecosm who provide open source compiler development services. A former academic he is author of the standard textbook “Introduciton to Compiling Techniques” (McGraw-Hill 1990, 1995, 2003).

Agenda:
18:00 - Registration, including tea, coffee and networking
18:30 - Workshop start
20:00 - Workshop end
Networking: Continues after the workshop in the Coal Hoal Pub on The Strand

Will catering be provided?
Refreshments are provided, though no food is being provided.

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