Arduino Program Means Making Tinker Thinkers

BE a Tinker Thinker - OrangeDo you have a “Tinker Thinker” at home? St. Thomas Public Library is excited to offer a unique and entirely new program for youth age 12 to 17 years.

“Introduction to Arduino” will be taking place this Saturday, May 16, 2015 from 10 a.m. until noon in the Carnegie Room of St. Thomas Public Library. There is still room for registrants! Cost is $10 per participant, and this fee allows participants to take home their Arduino kit and continue to devise, design, and discover! In “Introduction to Arduino,” youth learn, from an expert, the basics of setting up an Arduino, build a simple circuit, and write programming code to make the Arduino function. Register in person at the library, by calling the Children’s & Teens’ Department at (519) 631-6050 ext. 8015, or by emailing This program is generously sponsored by the Palmer Estate to help keep costs low for our first “Creators’ Community” activity.

What can you do with an Arduino? The possibilities are endless! This is an amazing opportunity for youth to get some hands-on experience with do-it-yourself technology. From a parent’s point of view, this program is ideal if you want to take your child’s interest in programming and technology to another level, or maybe spark a new interest. Also, programming can often be solitary and this is a great chance to meet other people with similar interests.

What is Arduino? Arduino is a tool for making computers that can sense and control more of the physical world than your desktop computer. It’s an open-source physical computing platform based on a simple microcontroller board, and a development environment for writing software for the board.


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