Ladies Learning Code: Introduction to Microcontrollers: Build a sound reactive desk lamp

Learn the fundamentals of microcontrollers like Arduino.

  • Workshops
  • 6 Hours of
  • BYO Laptop
  • 4:1Student to
    Mentor Ratio

The Details

Ladies Learning Code Digital Skills 7 Week Program


Learn the fundamentals of microcontrollers like Arduino. In this workshop, you will learn how to accept input from a microphone, and then convert that input to modulate an array of LED lights, to build a colourful, sound reactive desk light. We will also cover the basics of Arduino sketches, as well as some basic skills for assembling hardware projects

You will learn:

  • Fundamentals of micro controllers
  • Basic Circuits
  • Hardware inputs & Outputs
  • Basics of Arduino Programming

Who is this for?

Our Ladies Learning Code workshops offer female-identified and male-identified, trans, and non-binary adults hands-on, project-based learning experiences that are designed to give beginners the skills and confidence they need to become digital creators.


None! This workshop is designed for absolute beginners!

What’s Included:


4:1 student-to-mentor ratio with an awesome lead instructor. Great venue with a fun, social and inclusive learning environment. Catered lunch. Yum! We'll try our best to accommodate any dietary restrictions (no promises)!



You must bring your own laptop for which you have administrative permission. Please remember to bring your own powercord. A mouse can come in handy too! You may be required to download some free software. After you sign up we will email detailed instructions.

Note: If you do not have a laptop to use during the duration of the workshop, we have a limited quantity that we can loan out. The option to borrow a laptop will be included in your order form when registering.

Lead Instructor

Kelsey Shorten

Kelsey Shorten

A Calgary Native, Kelsey went to school at McMaster university for her degree in Physics, where she specialized in Astrophysics and also got her first taste of code with Fortran 90. After graduation in 2010, she moved back to Calgary and spent some time working as a Geophysicist, since it turns out the two disciplines have a surprising amount in common. During that time she volunteered with the Rotaract Club of Calgary. In 2017 she changed gears and careers, and started the Object Oriented Software development program at SAIT. Code turned out to be an excellent outlet for her passion for problem solving and she's been hooked ever since. After graduation in October 2017, she started work for a local logistics software startup, Routeique, won Judges Choice with her team at the Calgary Regional Hackathon, and continued to learn as much as she can! She's very excited to be instructing with Canada Learning Code, and hopes she can help inspire people to try new things!