Assignment 5: Getting Acquainted with the Arduino

Assignment 5 – Arduino on Textiles – Groups of Two – Due Thursday, 3/30.


  • Arduino Uno or DFRobot Beetle
  • Wire
  • Breadboard
  • 220 Ohm Resistor (LED)
  • 10K Resistor (pushbutton)
  • LED
  • Conductive Thread
  • Portable Battery


  • Multimeter
  • Arduino IDE

Your challenge in this lab is to make your first Arduino project and try to implement it on a piece of textile. The requirements are:

  • It has to have a soft-circuit social input, such as a fabric pushbutton or fabric force-sensitive-resistor, that can be activated by another person.
  • It has to provide some sort of output such as an LED or a 5V buzzer
  • It has to be powered by battery.
  • You have to write the code yourself. You can base it off of the example provided in from last class.

Many of you will not finish this project during class time. You will have to finish it on your own time. Schedule office hours with the instructor or with the fellows for extra help. Document your entire process. You each have to submit individual documentation.

Examples from previous semesters:

Assignment 3: Weaving Fundamentals

Assignment 3 – Weaving


  • 2 X 24” of different colored yarns.
  • Cardboard


  • 1 Loom with shuttle and heddle (Design your own).
  • Adobe Illustrator

Your challenge in this lab is to take your knowledge of weaving and design your own loom to cut on the laser cutter. The requirements or your loom are:

  • It has to have a shuttle and a way to create a shed (IE, a heddle).
  • It has to be made from cardboard
  • The design has to have a vector cut and a raster etch. Inscribing your names to the loom counts as a raster etch, but doing something more creative would be a better use of both our times.


  1. Draw a design and cut it out using scissors and/or a boxcutter to make a cardboard prototype for your loom.
  2. Once you finish your design, we will measure it in detail and create an illustrator file out of your object so you can manufacture it with the laser cutter.
  3. You will not have time to cut your project during class. Schedule a time with a fellow to cut the loom together using this link.

For more information on the IMA Laser Cutter, go to this link.

Once you have made your loom, try to create some of the following weaves:

  1. A basic weave fabric. If you have time, weave with some conductive thread into your fabric.
  2. A twill woven fabric.
  3. A weave of your own design.

Here are some examples of looms that students have done in the past: