Glow Your Own 2022 – weekly coding workshops (1 of 6)

On Demand (IF 2022)


Computing, Environment & Nature

Glow Your Own 2022 – weekly coding workshops (1 of 6)

On-demand workshop session

Get ready for the Oxford Christmas Light Festival by creating your very own moving lantern. This workshop was hosted on Zoom and the recording will help you build your own creative circuit with sensors that control LEDs and motors.

Workshop 1 introduces the team and starts with building a virtual circuit in Tinkercad. It finishes with a single blinking light and shows you how to save your design. Later in the video you see an example of Arduino-powered interactive robot creatures that form part of the IF Oxford and Danc’in Oxford festivals’ event, Prehension Blooms.

Glow Your Own is six sessions, with equipment available by post. To take part in this series of events, you’ll need a laptop with a USB port, an internet connection and an Arduino starter kit.

Run by IF Oxford and supported by STFC, Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, UKAEA, Science Oxford, Fusion Arts and Oxford City Council

Watch Glow Your Own 2022 – workshop 1 (of 6)

Download the Glow Your Own Lesson 1 guide (PDF)



For the coding, you will need and computer with a USB port and:

  • Tinkercad Software and Logins (Installation and set-up in Workshop 1)
  • Arduino, USB connecting wire and Software (Installation and set-up in Workshop 1)
  • Breadboard
  • Jumper wires
  • Wrapping wire approx. 90cm
  • LEDs (Colours optional)
  • Resistors
  • Buttons
  • 9v Battery and snap connector or  USB rechargeable power pack
  • LDR photoresistor
  • Servo motor

Also, you will need:

  • Pens/pencils
  • Paper
  • Fairy lights
  • Arts & crafts materials of your choice – tissue paper, scissors, glue, ribbon, string, cardboard, etc.

Links to components for you to buy on Amazon:

Please note, if you order through you can set your charity as Oxfordshire Science Festival so IF Oxford may receive a donation with all of your future Amazon purchases at no cost to you.

Complete kit (Arduino and components)

Lengthening wires

If buying these separately, you will need:

Arduino Only

Basic Starter Kit (No Arduino)

Servo Motor 

Lengthening wires

IF Oxford uses Pay What You Decide (PWYD) ticketing so you can choose to pay whatever you want, or can afford. You can make your donation during booking or after the event and the amount you pay is up to you. A suggested donation of £5 per person for each event enjoyed will help secure the future of the Festival. IF Oxford is run by The Oxfordshire Science Festival (charity #1151361) and your donation may be eligible for Gift Aid, where a charity can claim back an extra 20% of your donation at no cost to you.

Donate and download Gift Aid declaration form