Arduino programming and creation of mobile applications for robot management and gaming


The results of the students’ activities carried out during the participation of the “Moravice Railway Technical School” were presented within the STEM Discovery Week campaign.

The basic objective of participating and marking this event was to popularise the STEM area and to bring it closer to the school’s staff and pupils. The abbreviation STEM in its acronym conceals 4 subjects, namely Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. These are the areas that the modern labour market has recognised as a necessity. Knowledge, skills and competences acquired within STEM are a prerequisite for quality future workforce. ŽTŠ Moravice possesses good materials and technical equipment when it comes to modern technologies and participating in this initiative, emphasising the openness of the school to the application of innovative ways that are supported by technology in the teaching process.

Within the framework of this activity, students had the opportunity to acquire knowledge through a research and educational model that encourages them to solve problem tasks and apply critical thinking and ultimately disseminate the results.

Class II.e students, under the tutorship of Professor Miroslav Loncar, made several projects on the Arduino platform and used AppInventor2 tools, created robotic control applications, as well as simple game applications.

Those projects made on the Arduino platform included:

Sound emitting diode for blind and partially sighted people
Electric piano
Darkness detector
Electronic dice

Entertainment and playing apps included:

Fidget spinner
Criss Cross game
Catche the ball game
Flappy bird

It should be noted that at the level of the Republic of Croatia, only nine schools attended the STEM Discovery Week and recognized the importance of this initiative. Realisation of the activities was preceded by a detailed planning and organisation which was ultimately worth it because the students of the 2nd grade in cooperation with professor Miroslav Loncar and school counselor Mateo Havaić made a great effort and were extremely pleased with the achievements.

Link to photos from the activities:

Arduino safety system for bikes made at IC9 Bologna

On April 26, 2018 the “Ardubike” project was completed and tested for the next School Maker Day exhibition that will take place in Bologna on May 12.


Five third grade students attended an optional lab for 30 hours (3 hours per week) organised and conducted by Luca D’Agostino, professional educator at IC9 Bologna lower secondary school.

In this lab, students have been learning how to use the Arduino board, how to connect  sensors to the board and how to program the board with Mblock.

The final project developed with these tools is a safety system for a bike, that includes lights, turn signals and a fall alert based on a compass position control. (S.A.F.E. , Signal Alert of Fall Embedded).

turn signal light

The system includes:

    • LED stripes for front and back safety lights and turn signals
    • A joystick for turn signals
    • A potentiometer for lights with 4 intensity levels
    • A compass to check the vertical bike position and put on the alert signal when it falls off.


Link to the school website