Physical Computing

Build circuits, solder and learn how to use electronic components and micro-controllers including: Arduino, Particle Photon, Raspberry Pi, Bare Conductive Touch Board, sensors, motors, NeoPixels, DMX, Bluetooth, Kinect and Leap Motion. Create interactive objects that respond to touch, distance, movement, temperature or light.

Our electronics bench in the lab has a set of equipment for soldering electronics, please email us for an induction.

Useful learning resources

Books

Websites

Videos

Where to buy components

The following list is of common suppliers, other than eBay...

Electronics

UK

Arduino boards, shields, etc...

Components

Robotics + components

International

Materials

Craft materials

Model shop

Mechanical parts

Tutorials

Tutorials

How to install libraries

Arduino libraries are collections of code that are designed to provide additional, reusable functionality or to simplify using external electronic modules.

Libraries typically come with examples of how to use them. The library developer usually provides online documentation and explains how it possibly relates to what you are trying to achieve.

Installing a library

There are three different ways to install libraries; we'll show you each of them.

Arduino Library Manager

The simplest method of installing libraries is using the Library Manager built into the Arduino IDE.

You can access the Library Manager from the menu bar: Sketch - Include Library - Manage Libraries...

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