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STEM Teaching Workshop: Controlling the Real World - Arduino Programming


Sunday, May 18, 2014 from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM (EDT)

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WORKSHOP LEADERS: Dov Kruger (Ad Astra Education) and Megan Harris-Linton Zacks (Yeshiva University High School for Boys)


The Arduino is a small, inexpensive computer board that can be programmed to read in values from electronic sensors and control external circuits. Scientists use Arduinos to collect data, artists create electronic displays and interactive art, and enthusiasts and hobbyists build machines that react to their surroundings and control real physical devices. And now - teachers are at the forefront of efforts to inspire students with modern approaches to experimentation and problem solving via the Arduino.

A broad range of teachers will find this workshop valuable. Physics and chemistry teachers can build their own automated data collection devices and save hundreds of dollars. Biology teachers can use Arduinos to conduct terrific experiments such as growing plants with precision control of water, heat and light. Teachers of computers, technology and engineering can inspire students to build projects that control an extraordinary array of real-world objects. Art teachers can build amazing things. Kruger and Zacks’ students have built hovercraft, blimps, greenhouses, laser harps, coil guns, and many other projects.

This workshop will assume no knowledge of programming. The first hour will introduce the major features of the Arduino and what it can do (digital outputs and inputs, analog inputs). We will teach you to build circuits on a breadboard. For the second and third hours, we will break into teams for individual project work ranging from beginning to advanced. You can also come up with your own project. We will have expert programmers/electrical engineers on hand to help you achieve your goal.

Examples of what you can do include:

Blinking an LED

Testing the flicker-fusion rate of your eye

Building an LED circuit

Detecting when a pushbutton is pressed and taking an action (such as blinking an LED)

Building a photo gate to measure the velocity and acceleration of objects on a track.

Controlling a fan

Building and calibrating a digital thermometer

Making tones with a speaker

Building an ultra-sensitive thermometer using an amplifier


Purchasing an Arduino Starter Kit. We will provide Arduino Starter Kits for all participants to use at the workshop. If you want to take the Kit home so you can continue the project you will have started at the Workshop and use it with your students, we encourage you to order a Kit for $40 in addition to your ticket at checkout. We will have your Arduino Kit ready for you at the workshop. You are not required to purchase the Kit, but doing so will mean you can continue whatever project you started at the workshop and that you will have the Arduino to use in your classroom. All participants will get a free electronic copy of Kruger and Zacks’ forthcoming book, Introduction to Arduino Programming and Electronics.

Receipts and Certificates documenting participation are available.


  • STEAM (Science-Tech-Engineering-Art-Math) teachers.
  • Students studying STEAM, especially those preparing to be teachers.

CAPACITY: limited to 30 participants.

ORGANIZER: Fernand Brunschwig, Math, Sci. & Tech. Dept., Columbia University Teachers College

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Is there a fee to attend this workshop?

Yes.  There is a $12 attendance fee.

Is there a special pricing for Teachers College students for this workshop?

Yes. TC students recieve a 50% discount on STEMteachersNYC workshops. To receive your discount code, please send an email to STEMteachersNYC (ptnyctreasurer@gmail.com). You will be asked to present a current TC student card at the door on the day of the workshop.

Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Questions about registration and payments for this event should be addressed to STEMteachersNYC (ptnyctreasurer@gmail.com), Treasurer, STEMteachersNYC.

Is the reservation fee refundable?

No, please be sure you are able to attend the workshop prior to registring for it. The workshop fee is not refundable.

Is my reservation/ticket transferrable?

No, please contact STEMteachersNYC treasurer (ptnyctreasurer@gmail.com) if you need to transfer your reservation to a different person/name.

Can I update my reservation information?

Yes, you can update your reservation information.

The name on the reservation/ticket doesn't match the attendee. Is that okay?

No, please contact STEMteachersNYC (ptnyctreasurer@gmail.com) to address this.

Have questions about STEM Teaching Workshop: Controlling the Real World - Arduino Programming? Contact STEMteachersNYC

When & Where

Room 414, Zankel Hall
Columbia University Teachers College
525 W 120th St
New York, NY 10027

Sunday, May 18, 2014 from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM (EDT)

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STEMteachersNYC was originated in summer of 2011 by a group of teachers as a teacher-led physics study group.  The founders were all practitioners of Modeling Instruction, developed by university and high school physics teachers over the past 20 years through a collaborative process that continues as one of the primary activities of the American Modeling Teachers Association. STEMteachersNYC is affiliated with the AMTA and conducts 3-week summer modeling workshops as well as monthly 3-hour meetings on weekends during the school year. PTNYC is devoted to excellence in science teaching with a general focus on modeling instruction and similar approaches.

Modeling Instruction. The use of modeling in teaching was pioneered by Robert Karplus in his 1969 textbook, "Introductory Physics: A Modeling Approach. Modeling Instruction was subsequently developed at Arizona State University by David Hestenes, Malcom Wells, and Gregg Swackhamer, as well as by many others across the country.  Over 500 teachers have taken teacher-led Modeling Instruction workshops in the summer, and the best way to learn about Modeling Instruction is by taking a summer workshop. If you'd like to read more about it, go to American Modeling Teachers Association or take a look at the Chapter 1 of  Introductory Physics by Robert Karplus.

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