Workshop for Students

Basic Python & Microcontroller Skills Workshops

Never coded? Mystified by electrical circuits? Anxious about Second Year Physics Labs?

Try this no-credit, no-marks, low stress Basic Python & Microcontroller Skills Workshop.

2024 - *There are no workshops scheduled at this time. This website will be updated as workshops are scheduled*

This workshop is aimed primarily (but not solely) at students who aim to be going into 2nd-year physics in September, and would like to boost their confidence in laboratory and computing skills. The workshop is intended to be a not-for-credit primer for such courses as Phys210 (Computational Physics) and Phys219 (Experimental Physics).

Workshop goals (zero experience necessary):

  • to get started with the Python language and control a microcontroller with Python
  • to learn how to calibrate sensors and make/display/analyze measurements
  • to debug an electrical circuit with an oscilloscope

Students will leave the workshop with Python running on their laptops, and each will have an Arduino Nano microcontroller, an ultrasound distance-measuring device, a breadboard and cables to take away. You will need to bring your own laptop to the workshop.

Registration is open. 

Workshop Tutorial

Link to workshop tutorial