Are you planning some field research? Are you thinking of going on an expedition and collecting data in the field? Whether you’re collecting data for scientific research, your dissertation or GCSE or A Level fieldwork with your students, it’s likely you will need to measure a number of variables. Scientific sensors are typically very expensive, but you can learn how to design and build your own for much less at our workshop on 1 April.
Led by Dr Mark Mulligan from King’s College London, this workshop covers how to design, build and code your own DIY sensors and data loggers using the FreeStation approach. Whether you want to monitor rivers, climate, soil, biodiversity or anything else you can think of, this is the workshop for you.
The morning covers an introduction to low cost sensing concepts and applications, as well as the Arduino and Particle platforms. After some demonstrations and an explanation of the principles behind the FreeStation designs, you will be able to practice assembling and using a range of sensors for yourself. The afternoon will have a more practical focus and will involve soldering and programming an Arduino 101, before programming a basic logger and going over some key troubleshooting tips.
Dr Mark Mulligan’s research interests include climate, hydrology and vegetation processes and interactions, and his research applies field monitoring techniques based on his open source FreeStation designs.
Building and deploying DIY web-connected field sensors and loggers for field research and teaching will take place on Monday 1 April at the Society. Delegates can choose to attend just the morning session or stay for the full day. Lunch will be provided. Tickets from £35 including lunch. Book your place now.
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