Register for Glow Your Own 2023 – weekly coding workshops (x 6)

11 October, 5:00 pm


Workshop | Computing, Hobbies & Craft, Technology, The Arts, Engineering

Glow Your Own 2023 – weekly coding workshops (x 6)

Register for Glow Your Own 2023


Video workshop session

Create your very own moving lantern using LEDs and computer coding. These workshops will be hosted on Zoom and the recordings – and companion worksheets – will help you build your own creative circuit with sensors that control LEDs and motors.

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

There are 6 free workshops. Workshop 1 introduces the team and starts with building a virtual circuit in Tinkercad. Subsequent sessions will introduce control of lights, sensors and motors, and you will construct a working robotic interactive light.

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