Physical Computing with Python and Phidgets

A talk by Lucas Pacentrilli
Education Director, Phidgets Inc.

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In order to participate, you must fill in this form 2 weeks before our session: We will mail you a Getting Started Kit and a sensor of your choice for FREE ($50+ value).

Phidgets are interactive USB sensors that make physical computing easy. No soldering or breadboards required—students simply plug in a sensor, code in their preferred language and start creating.

In this hands-on session, you will work through the Phidgets Getting Started Kit. It includes LEDs, push buttons, a temperature/humidity sensor and a Phidgets VINT Hub. You will learn how to light up an LED, use physical buttons to monitor user input and read temperature/humidity all using Python! Afterwards, you will learn how to use a light sensor to measure the amount of light in a room, or a distance sensor to measure how far away an object is.

To learn more, visit our website at:

- Phidgets are intended to be used by students in grades 9-12. They should have a basic understanding of coding (e.g. methods, arrays, looping, conditionals).
- Please have a laptop with USB ports. Chromebooks are not supported at this time.

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Lucas Pacentrilli

BSc Electrical Engineering

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