Introduction to the Internet of Things

We are getting used to seeing “smart” connected electronic devices in our homes. These include lights, thermostats, alarms, monitoring systems and entertainment systems. These devices can be switched on and off and adjusted from remote devices such as phones, or using speech commands such as Google Home or Alexa.

In this course, we will look beneath the surface to understand how these technologies work by creating a network of connected smart devices and writing code to control them.

Course Outline



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Build a network of smart devices using Raspberry Pi, Arduino and Python


>Understanding IoT

A quick overview of terminology and technology.

Working with the Raspberry Pi

This small, cheap computer will allow us to create a range of “smart” devices. We will explore its capabilities.

Working with the ESP32

The ESP32 is a low-cost, connected micocontroller provides another way to create “smart” devices. We will explore its capabilities.

Building Connected Devices

You will build a couple of Wifi connected devices. E.g. a weather station and smart fan.

Connecting Things

You will write some Python code to send messages between devices. E.g. turn the heating on.

Controlling Things

You will write some Python code to respond to actions and events. E.g. turn music on when someone enters a room.


You will be encouraged to devise and code your own IoT device interactions.


Prices depend on location and start around £160 (£120 concs). See individual dates for details..

Skills you should have before you attend

No programming experience needed. Students will be guided as needed to complete the programming tasks.

Skills you will pick up in the course

Key skill categories


This course can be customised and delivered at a mutually-convenient time and place for groups


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