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Smart Citizen Fab City Kit: 6-Week Training

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6 weeks

Join this free Smart Citizens training, hosted by the Smart Citizens Programme, and assemble your very own Smart Citizen Kit, allowing you to measure and collect data such as air and noise pollution and visualise the data.

Although sharing the same name as our Programme, the Smart Citizen Kit is a global open-source project enabling ordinary citizens to gather information on their environment and make it available to the public on the Smart Citizen platform. Supporting communities and individuals to capture environmental data through their intuitive hardware, these kits can measure data such as air and noise pollution, humidity levels, CO2 levels and more.

Through this training, you will learn how electronics and coding can be used within the real world and how to combine it with digital fabrication to create smart objects. Developing skills in electronics and coding, 3D printing and data visualisation you will assemble your own Smart Citizen Kit, and discover how data can be illustrated online.

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Plymouth College of Art is following Government guidance to help safeguard all members of our community. To attend this training at Fab Lab Plymouth, it is strongly advised that you take two rapid Lateral Flow tests (three days apart) and secure two negative test results before attending each session, with the last test to be taken 24 hours before the session. These tests can be accessed for free, and can be booked here, are widely available to order online for home delivery, or to collect in person from sites such as the Guildhall in the centre of Plymouth.

This event is part of the iMayflower project and has been supported by The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, who fund the Cultural Development Fund, which is administered by Arts Council England.

This 6 week, hands-on training will be taught in person at Fab Lab Plymouth, located at Plymouth College of Art.

In the first half of the training, you will have the opportunity to gain skills in electronics and coding through setting up your own Smart Citizen Kit. Following this, you will get hands-on with digital design and fabrication by designing and 3D printing a case for your new kit! You will also be introduced to how the data captured by your sensors can be illustrated and visualised on online platforms, in order for you and the Plymouth community to better understand and respond to this environmental data.

At the end of the training you will have gained an understanding of electronics and coding, 3D printing and data visualisation. You will have assembled your own Smart Citizen Kit to take home, joining a city-wide network of environmental sensors.

This free 6-week training is open to everyone, 16 years or over. It is perfect for those wanting to gain new skills in electronics and coding and digital design and fabrication, and those wanting to discover how this innovative technology can support positive change. No previous experience or skills are required.

All equipment and materials are provided for free by the Smart Citizens Programme.

Please ensure you wear enclosed shoes and bring a face covering (unless exempt).

To register for this course please click the "Book now" button at the top of the page to be redirected to the Eventbrite booking form.

For further information or to request an alternative format, please email sheaddon@pca.ac.uk