Department of Informatics


Thales: Arduino Workshop - win a trip to a Thales Research Centre!

Wednesday 21 February 13:00 until 16:00
Careers and Employability Centre, Library


If coding and electronics is your thing, then we’ve got something for you – The Thales Arduino Workshop!

In this workshop, experts from Thales will teach you the basics (plus a little more) about Arduino programming and what it can do. With that under your belt, you are ready to face the competition!

Then you and your team will have 2 weeks to create a Thales-inspired project using Arduino and the opportunity to win some great prizes! Not only will you be competing against students from your own university, you’ll compete against students from other universities across the UK, and have the chance to compete against teams across the  USA, Canada, France, Netherlands, Portugal, China Mainland and Hong Kong, Singapore, Australia and the Middle East to be crowned the Global Arduino Champions and win the chance to visit a Thales Research Centre in one of the countries participating in Project Arduino.

And even if you don’t win, you’ll still have picked up coding skills you might not learn on your course, plus team working and problem-solving skills that look so good on a CV.

For a taster check out our video:

What is Arduino?

Arduino is an open-source electronics platform based on easy-to-use hardware and software. Arduino boards are able to read inputs (light on a sensor, a finger on a button, etc.) and turn it into an output like activating a motor, turning on an LED or publishing something online. You can tell your board what to do by sending a set of instructions to the microcontroller on the board using the Arduino programming language.

Over the years Arduino has been the brain of thousands of projects, from everyday objects to complex scientific instruments.


Benefits of attending include:

  • The opportunity to learn a new programming language.
  • Working as part of a team and having to prepare a presentation which gives you valuable experience you can talk about during interviews with an employer.
  • Each team will receive a free Arduino and other kit which they can use as part of their studies.
  • You'll get exposure to a global engineering and technology company which could lead to an opportunity to join us as an intern or full time employee.

Open to: Any Engineering, Computer Science, Mathematics or Physics students, of any year of study including Masters students.

Places on this event are limited so please book on to avoid disappointment at CareerHub!


To learn more about Thales, please look at their website:

And to learn more about Arduino in greater detail, please look here:

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Last updated: Thursday, 4 January 2018