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Arduino for Interactive Media

Summer University Term 2: July 9th - July 20th

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Course price: 920 Euros

22 hours of class a week, 3 ECTS, max. 18 participants

Overview

The course focuses on understanding and programming Arduino microcontroller, and designing interactive, responsive devices that express media contents.

The course is suitable for students of media, design, and architecture who are interested in design processes, techniques using multimedia digital tools and coding, and moreover, for academics and professionals of media, design, and architecture who are interested in experimental interactive design tools, techniques, and processes using Arduino.

The course addresses the following topics:

  1. What is Arduino microcontroller?
  2. What can Arduino do?
  3. Understanding Arduino programming environment
  4. How to program Arduino
  5. How to incorporate input sensors and output components into Arduino-driven devices

What is Arduino?

Arduino (https://www.arduino.cc) has gained great popularity since its introduction in 2003. It offers a small, inexpensive microcontroller and programming environment for designing automation and interactive devices. AIM offers hands-on instructions and experiments on how to program and use Arduino with various input sensors (e.g. light, color, temperature, sound, motion, etc.). The participants will learn the basics of Arduino programming; deployment of input sensors in connections with output devices (e.g. lights, speakers, motors, etc.); and designing a simple interactive automaton at the end of the course. 

Learning Goals & Syllabus

Goals

The course aims to:

  • provide practical knowledge and skills of working with Arduino microcontrollers
  • teach how to program Arduino and incorporate input sensors
  • teach how to store and express media contents
  • construct automatic, responsive and interactive media devices

Syllabus

A syllabus for the course will be online here shortly.

You may find the syllabus useful when discussing with your home University whether the ECTS credits attainable for this course are accepted by them.

Course components

The course is structured as follows:

Week 1: Lectures, Discussions & Trials: Fundamentals of Arduino and its Programming

The first week of the course consists of lectures and discussions on the theoretical foundation of new media and programmable environment. The students will be introduced to the background and examples of Arduino-based devices and how they work

In this week, the course will also conduct an intensive electronics and programming workshops, and the basics of Arduino hardware and software and how to conceive of an interactive/responsive device.

Week 2: Planning, Design & Programming

In the second week, the students will conceive and plan the device, i.e. what it does and what kind of functional elements it contains. From this conception process, the students will work on the basic assembly and programming. At the end of the week the students should be able to demonstrate a functioning rough mockup.

Week 3-4: Design, Refinement & Final Assemblage

In the remaining two weeks of the course, the students will revise and refine the device and its functionality, as well as improving the programming. In addition, the students will design a visually appealing package for demonstration.

Prerequisites

The general prerequisites of the TU Berlin Summer University are the following: at least one year of university experience + English level B2 (university level proficiency) or equivalent.

The course also requires that you have:

  • Bachelor level education in media studies, design, and/or architecture
  • Some ability/experience with drafting, hand tools, and construction
  • Own laptop computer, camera, and smartphone (the course will use open-source and/or educational programs; the instructors will provide them for the duration of the course.)

 

 

 

Lecturers

Dr. Sang Lee, RA (primary lecturer)

University Docent 1, TU Delft, NL

Sang Lee (tudelft.academia.edu/SangLee) is an architect with a PhD in Architecture and a tenured University Docent at the Delft University of Technology, Netherlands, where he teaches architectural design and theory. He has also taught architecture in Eindhoven University of Technology, Bergen School of Architecture, Bauhaus University Weimar, and the University of Pennsylvania, as well as lecturing in numerous schools in the EU and the US. Sang has contributed numerous papers and chapters to international conferences, journals, and books. He conceived, edited and published “The Domestic and the Foreign in Architecture” (2007) on architecture, cultural identity and globalization, and “Aesthetics of Sustainable Architecture” (2011) on the aesthetic perspectives in sustainable design of architecture. He is currently completing the monograph “Architecture in the Age of Apparatus-Centric Culture” and the chapter “Performance-Critical Architecture” in “The Routledge Companion to Criticality in Art, Architecture and Design” (forthcoming in 2017).

 

 

Stefanie Holzheu, Dipl.-Ing., M.Arch. (associate lecturer)

Creative Agency for Media Architecture (CAMA), Berlin

Stefanie Holzheu (www.mediaarchitecture.gallery) studied architecture at Bauhaus University Weimar and media-architecture at the SUNY Buffalo. She is the founder of Creative Agency for Media Architecture (CAMA) in Berlin. She lectured and taught architecture and media at TU Delft, TU Berlin, Bauhaus University Weimar, and Bergen School of Architecture. Her professional and research interests consist of not only architecture but also the position of technology and media in and about architecture and design. Stefanie published a chapter (co-authored with Sang Lee) “Building Envelope as Surface” in the book “Aesthetics of Sustainable Architecture” (2011) and a project paper “ColorTracker” at the 2016 eCAADE conference. She also won the Netherlands Architecture Fund’s Startup Grant for her research project “FiberTech” in 2012 and the Neudeli Fellowship with “Froxter Play Kit” in 2015. 

CAMA specializes in the research and design of intermodal media; digital design tools and techniques; interactive multimedia installations; and consulting on early education programs of digital culture. 

Registration for the TU Berlin Summer University 2018 will be opening in late October. 

Early Bird discounts will apply until the 28th of February 2018. 

Registration will take place online on the "Register" tab on the left hand menu of this website. 

Please note: courses in Term 2 are designed to be combined with courses in Term 1 or Term 3. If you'd like to do a course in Term 2 by itself, please contact the Summer University team at  

Summer University Term 2: July 9th - July 20th



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