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May 14, 2022 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm Pacific

What You'll Do:

Have you ever wanted to learning programming but didn’t know where to start? Have you heard of Arduino, but you’re not sure what you can make with it? Or do you have a kit, and you need some motivation?

With this project, you’ll take an Arduino Nano (or Uno), add a few simple components and a bit of well-commented code, and make a customizable theremin that lets you create sound according to how much light falls onto a sensor.

In other words: you’ll make a musical instrument you can play by waving your hand!

Skill Level:

Basic soldering skills are helpful, but not required.

Skills you will learn:

Building a circuit on breadboard, programming with the Arduino IDE, using an Arduino Nano or Uno with sensors and speakers.

What You'll Need:

  • Breadboard
  • Arduino Nano or Uno (or compatible) and USB cable
  • Photoresistor
  • 8 Ohm speaker or passive piezo buzzer
  • Jumper wires
  • 10K resistor

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What is Included:


  • Access to discussion forums and community groups
  • Access to session recording

About your Facilitator:

Michelle Lowman is the Learning Editor at Make and has been teaching all ages a variety of subjects from crochet to literature to Linux administration to robotics for nearly 30 years. She has also been an editor for 20 years, and she has owned and managed a makerspace in Phoenix, Arizona. She's a mom of three who loves to mix and match projects and components to make new fun (and sometimes even practical) projects.


  • Michelle Lowman

    Michelle Lowman is the Learning Editor for Make Community LLC. She’s an experienced educator and enthusiastic maker who is interested in everything from crochet amigurumi to building Raspberry Pi rovers.


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Nano Theremin
  • May 14, 2022 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm (Pacific)
Age Range: 18+ 14-18 12-14 8-12
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