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Date(s) - 03/28/2015
9:00 am - 9:00 pm

MML Tech Lounge at KASA


The Sonora-based Motherlode Makerlabs will be joining a worldwide event called Arduino Day 2015. on March 28 at the Motherlode Maker Labs.

On March 28th, groups from all over the world are celebrating Arduino Day 2015, at the time of this writing, California will have 10 locations joining in, including the Motherlode Maker Labs in Sonora. From 9am to 9pm at the Tech Lounge co-located with the office/gallery of the Tuolumne County Arts Alliance at 251-C Barretta St., local makers and hackers will be demonstrating their projects. Kids and adults are welcome to come get hands-on with Arduino. Several Arduino units will be available to tinker with, along with tons of project ideas and components. Local software company FrontPorch has provided a number of Arduinos for Motherlode Maker Labs to give away as raffle prizes and as mini-grants for fun ideas. Introductory workshops will be given in the morning and afternoon. The public is invited to this free event.

Ten years ago, a group of engineers in Italy created an electronics prototyping platform to aid students at The Interaction Design Institute in Ivrea. Previously, students there has to spend around $100 to create a design project involving electronics. The Arduino project made basic electronics far more accessible to design students, and it’s popularity has boomed ever since. Today, Arduinos power thousands of electronic devices, from interactive art products to sophisticated robots. The popularity of the platform is fueled by its low cost, ease of use and its high availability. The original inventors made the decision to allow any manufacturer to build their own version of Arduino, resulting in Arduino clones in many shapes and sizes, some costing under $10.
All a person needs to invent something new with an Arduino is one of the inexpensive devices, and access to a computer running the free software available to program the device. Inventors of every age are connecting inexpensive electronic components, such as LED lights, sound sensors, motors, speakers, and more, and programming the Arduino to use these components. Some creative people have even been able to make money inventing products based on Arduino. Products like Fitbit, Pebble Smart Watch, Parrott Quadcopter Drones, and  some 3D Printers, all got their start as small Arduino projects. Hoobiests have used them to make robotic arms, weather stations, spectacular Chrismas light displays, MP3 Players, games, musical instruments and countless interactive art projects.