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How to Make a Plant that Tweets When It's Thirsty

Learn simple coding and electronics to create a self-tweeting plant with Arduino

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MAKER ANDREW BOLSTER SHOWS YOU HOW TO MAKE YOUR PLANTS TWEET WHEN THEY NEED WATERED

Researcher and maker Andrew Bolster (Farset Labs) shows you how to use Arduino Yun to make your plants tweet when they need water. You'll learn basic coding, understand how sensors work and get to grips with Arduino.

This class was created as part of DCAL's Creativity Month and is perfect for ages 13+ (although younger ages can definitely have a go, especially if they have used Arduino before!)

WHAT YOU WILL LEARN

  • The basics of using Arduino Yun
  • How to build simple electronics
  • How sensors work and how to use them in your builds
  • Basic coding techniques including loops
  • How to test and compile your code
  • How to use an API to connect your projects to the world

When you're finished, make sure to share your work by uploading a picture or video of your own projects. Then share it with us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag #farsetplant

WHAT'S INCLUDED

  • Over 30 minutes of video classes presented by Andrew Bolster from Farset Labs
  • A video overview of the kit you will need to use
  • A detailed resource pack with copies of all the code used

RESOURCES

For this class you will need:

  • An Arduino Yun
  • A Grove Starter Kit
  • An LCD display
  • A soil moisture sensor
  • Extension header pins
  • A micro USB cable
  • Your laptop or desktop
  • WiFi
  • A plant!

If you don't have access to these you can buy the parts online on sites like eBay, Amazon, AdaFruit or Spark Fun. You can also get them from retailers like Maplin.

You will also need to use the following websites and software


Difficulty Rating: Intermediate

In Partnership With

Andrew Bolster
Andrew Bolster

Andrew Bolster is a PhD Researcher at the University of Liverpool and a Director at Farset Labs, Belfast's maker space


Frequently Asked Questions


When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.

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