HONESDALE—Makers, innovators and technophiles alike will flock to the Park Street Complex and Stourbridge Project this Saturday, April 13th, from 9:15 a.m.-2:00 p.m., for Wayne County's third-annual Arduino Day celebrations.

The event is free and open to the public, featuring a lunch provided by Gretchen's Grotto.

Named after the Arduino circuit board – an open-source micro-controller capable of performing simple tasks with relative ease of entry for beginners – Arduino Day is a chance for robotics enthusiasts and makers of all experience levels to congregate, share their experiences, and learn from their peers.

Presenters this year include organizers Bruce Johnson and Anthony Komar, returning favorites Anthony Altieri and Paul West, and a series of prototyping demonstrators, including CNC instruction from Paul Romano.

Johnson and Komar will be speaking to the basics and intermediate levels of the Arduino board, programming, and the spread of the makers movement.

Johnson explained “If people are interested in learning how to work with the Arduino board, I go through the basics of setting set all that up. I talk about the kits they might want to look into...And then I also get into the basics of how to program the boards, so if they buy a kit the next day, they'll have a starting place.”

West will present updates on his Brew Pi project, a combination of Arduino boards and a Raspberry Pi computer to manage and measure fermentation properties in his home-brewed beer.

Altieri's discussion will center on varieties of other micro-controllers and boards similar to the Arduino, which all use the same programming language.

Lectures and presentations fall into a set of three tracks attendees can choose to follow throughout the day according to their interests.

Also in attendance between competitions, the Wayne County Robotics team, the FRC 4285 Camo-bots, consisting of students and advisors from the Wayne Highlands and Western Wayne school districts will speak about their district champion robot, Maverick.

With a focus on invention and innovation, Arduino Day will also feature throughout the day practical, hands-on displays of modular, interconnected electronics known as LittleBits to perform different tasks.

“Arduino Day is about celebrating the makers movement,” explained organizer Jess Wolk of the Wayne Pike Workforce Alliance, noting how the event ties into the entrepreneurial capabilities of the makers space available through the various programming and manufacturing capabilities at the Stourbridge Project.

Komar added, “Just having the technology isn't good enough. You have to package it. You have to figure out an application for it. And that's also kind of what we're showcasing here at the facility is all the other different things we can do.”

Speaking to the growth of the makers movement in Wayne County, Stourbridge Project Director Susan Shaffer mentioned in her year at the facility, the number of individuals and local businesses utilizing the prototyping lab and classroom space has expanded.

“The energy that we're building in our community is working,” said Shaffer, noting specifically interest in invention and robotics is evident in the surge of local sponsors for the Camo-bots team. “We're really seeing an embracing of technologies, of youth who are interested in technologies as well as folks who want to start businesses.”

Shaffer explained “Technology is changing the way that we do just about everything in our lives,” stating it is both something to which humanity is growing more dependent, but also seeking to use for innovative purposes.

“So, in order for Wayne County and our residents...to succeed in the future, they need to embrace and learn how to interface with these technologies,” she said.

Featuring a variety of hands-on participation, collaborative discussion, and introductory presentations, Arduino Day allows for budding inventors, robotics enthusiasts and makers of all sorts to break into the makers movement.

“For folks who come here, if they think they might be interested, this is a great way for them to see if they truly are interested,” said Shaffer.

Adding to this, Altieri noted the achievement at a young age of both the Camo-bots team and Johnson, who organized the first Arduino Day as a sophomore in high school.

“When kids see other kids doing this...,” he said, “it's very motivational for them. It's very important for them to see.”

Of Arduino Day, Komar said, “It's a fun day. It's been a fun day the last couple years.”

More information about Arduino Day is available online at http://arduinodaynepa.weebly.com.