Idea Engine

Light and Motion

Light and Motion


design event

We know that the world moves fast and we’re invested in keeping up with it. To help you stay up to date, We host classes and workshops focused on building skills in new media, design and technology.

Build a motion activated flashlight, a simple robot or a reactive painting. Find out how to add interactive lighting and motion to your next project.

This workshop will give you a set of tools for building simple interactive objects using RGB LEDs and servo motors. We'll teach you to the basics of building circuits and coding, introducing you to the world of arduino and open source electronics.

This event is an introductory project-based workshop focused on teaching the basics of interactive arduino projects. After this workshop, you'll be able to program LEDs to react to motion and distance.



what you'll learn:

  • Intro to Arduino + arduino processing

  • Programming neopixel LEDs

  • Using sensors 

  • Building circuits

  • How to work with servo motors

  • Prototyping for motion

what you'll need to


  • a laptop


before you arrive,

create an arduino account here:




some more info


this is the program sketch we'll be working with

(don't worry if you have no idea what you are looking at. All will be explained)


We've put together kits containing all the components you'll need to add interactivity to your next project.

Each kit includes:

  1. 1 Arduino UNO R3

  2. 1 Ultrasonic sensor

  3. 1 Neopixel LED Ring or strip

  4. 1 Standard servo motor

  5. 1 Breadboard

  6. 7 M-F jumper wires

  7. 6 M-M jumper wires

All of these components can be found in our Light and Motion Kits or purchased separately at your local electronics shop.