Artscience SAM

Sensors Actuators and Microcontrollers

The course will be given by Johan van Kreij and Lex van den Broek

The world of sensors and Actuators combined with Microcontrollers like Arduino / Teensy / Beagle /RaspBerry / is huge and can be very complex if you are a beginner or even an advanced user. This SAM-course of 8 days will introduce you to the hybrid world of Analog- and digital electronics. How to connect sensors to an Arduino and sending the measured data to miscellaneous software within your computer? How to drive motors or lights?

The goal of the course is that you work on your own project and try to apply the techniques we show (analog, digital and code) into your own project. Subjects like ‘Serial communication, Operational Amplifiers, Max objects, Sensors, Field Effect Transistors, Current, Actuators, Voltage, Resolution and much, much more subjects will be addressed. We will mainly work with Arduino boards. If you have one yourself already, great! If you do not have one, you can borrow one at the EWP – let us know.  The last two days of the course we will try to meet live in Cam30. We will make a planning along the way, since we can only be with 5 persons at once in the studio.

There will be 8 days in total, starting at 10:00 and ending at 16:00. We will start on Monday 8th November 10:00 and end the course on Friday 19 November. On Wednesdays there will be no lessons.

Week 1
Monday 8/11/2021
Tuesday 9/11/2021
Thursday 11/11/2021
Friday 12/11/2021

Week 2
Monday 15/11/2021
Tuesday 16/11/2021
Thursday 18/11/2021
Friday 19/11/2021

Monday November 8 - day one - 

Introduction of the participants and teachers and a chat about the context of the course.
Subjects: overview of all sensors and actuators. A start with coding the Arduino to communicate with software applications like Max/Msp

Tuesday November 9 - day two -

General overview of the in- and outputs of the Arduino. Resolution, driving actuators (motors) with Field Effect Transistors (FETS’s). Checkout the presented keynotes below.

Sensor inputs – how to connect

Driving Actuators

Thursday November 11 - day 3 -

Coding exmaples of how to drive the Arduino from within Max/Msp. Sending the right ASCII numbers and covert them to the 8-bit values . The examples of the coding will be shared below.

Friday November 12 - day 4 -

How to build electronics and what are the important steps you have to consider when you want to build your own project. Below the keynote of the ‘building tip’ combined with an example of converting a simple circuit from breadboard to experimental board. Also check these pages on the website


Operational Amplifiers. How can you apply these building blocks to improve the stability or the range of the sensor. A keynote below. More information of OpAmps can be found here.


Monday November 15 - day 5 -

Monday November 16 - day 6 -

Monday November 18 - day 7 -

Monday November 19 - day 7 -