Glow Your Own 2023 (1 of 6)

On Demand (IF 2023)

1 hourPWYD

Workshop | Computing, Hobbies & Craft, Technology, Engineering

Glow Your Own 2023 – weekly coding workshop (1 of 6)

Digital event: scroll down to watch the recording

Get ready for the Oxford Light Festival by creating your very own moving lantern. This weekly workshop series will help you build your own creative circuit with sensors that control LEDs and motors, using tools like Tinkercad to combine art and engineering.

Workshop 1 introduces you to the team and starts with building a virtual circuit in Tinkercad. By the end, you will have a single blinking light and you will save your design.

You can request an Arduino starter kit to be sent to you by post (UK addresses only – details provided by email when you sign up)

Suitable for ages 7 – 12, teenagers and adults. We recommend families work together.

Six live video sessions will be recorded to watch again on


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


Download the Glow Your Own Lesson 1 guide (PDF)


Watch Glow Your Own 2023 – workshop 1 (of 6)


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 if you wish to buy on Amazon:

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. We have suggested a donation of £30 for the six-week course (the equivalent of £5 per session), but if you prefer, you can donate any other amount that works for you. Your donation 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 25% of your donation at no cost to you.

Donate and download Gift Aid declaration form

The Festival reserves the right to modify event formats and manage the audience in accordance with the Festival’s Attendance Policy: