By STEM Paths Staff Writer

May 9th , 2015

Have you ever wondered how electronics are able to interact with the environment around us?  How does an intersection light know when a car is or is not present to turn green or red?  How do electronic billboards light up with different pictures and words and then change every so often?  Have you ever seen a light show set to a song and wonder how it is possible?  All of this and much more can be answered with one single word: Arduino.

Since 2005, Arduino has become a vastly popular hardware and software combination capable of allowing anything electronic to interact with any environment.  Arduino software allows users to program the actual circuit board to their specifications and project.  With this type of technology, creating things from our imagination is limitless.  The SPIN classes are using this technology to help teach kids that if they can dream it, they can build it.

In two weeks ago, SPIN will will began their five week Arduino class at the SoDo MakerSpace .  The kids will be working on creating their very own scaled neighborhood, complete with a functioning stoplight.  Coach Cristina Parades will be teaching the class on how to code on the Arduino software so their circuit board can make the stoplight work just like a life-sized one used on the street. To register for this class go to

In Other SPIN News:

On April 30th, Dearborn Elementary School got a special visit from Governor Jay Inslee.  Parent/Teacher Association (PTA) member Rica got the privilege to fill Governor Inslee in on all the great work Stem Paths/ SPIN has been doing with their SPIN classes for the Seattle community.

Over at the Seattle Chinese Alliance Church (SCAC), the doors were opened to the first SPIN class on Monday, April 20th.  The ROBO Lab was conducted by Coaches Budi Muylo and Greg Netzel.  A week later, the Filipino Community Center also hosted a ROBO Lab taught by Coach Haya Munoz.

Coach Judilyn Rodriguez has been very busy hosting ROBO Labs at both Graham Elementary and Maple Elementary schools.

In addition to teaching a ROBO Lab at the FCC, Coach Haya Munoz, along with Coaches Edwin Liam and Jeremy Garma began the first Scratch class held at the East African Community Center in Seattle.