Short description Key concepts: sensors, plants, microcontrollers Duration: 3 hours
Students create a garden that is able to provide both light and water to plants growing inside.

In this activity, participants design an attachment for a flower pot, complete with water sensors, irrigation pump, and red LEDs to help the plant grow. For the control of this “Programmable Garden,” participants will program a microcontroller (a simple computer) called an “Arduino” - the “brains” of the garden.

There is also a simplified version that does not use any programming. It is appropriate for younger students.