GAFFTA: Teen Creative Code Scholarship


This winter I will be teaching Arduino to youth as part of Gray Area’s new Teen Creative Code Scholarship program.

The Teen Creative Code Scholarship is a pilot program, produced by Gray Area and the Atlassian Foundation, that offers 8 San Francisco teens access to a series of creative coding classes, class materials and mentorship over a period of 1-2 months.

Selected scholars will be given the opportunity to learn Creative Coding fundamentals from experienced instructors and practitioners at Gray Area’s offices in downtown San Francisco. The series will be broken down into 12 hour intensives taking place after school and will cover software development with HTML5, CSS, Processing, and Arduino. Course topics will include web development, data visualization, generative art, gaming, and interactive media.

We are now accepting applications for the inaugural cohort of 8 Teen Creative Code Scholars. The first cohort will be selected from Gray Area’s home for the past 5 years, the Tenderloin areas of San Francisco.

For more information visit:

A guide to plugging plants into the web using Arduino, Processing and Google Docs.


I’ve always been frustrated with the technical and time requirements needed to view physical sensor data on the web. Services like XivelyThingSpeak and Nimbits all provide excellent features, but they also require enough prerequisite knowledge of specific web technologies to appear intimidating, especially to those new to programming. While searching for an easier method to employ in youth programs, I came across some wonderful examples on and Instructables on how to use Google Docs as an simplified the process significantly.

This tutorial is designed to give a brief overview of facilitating multiple software and hardware components. With that said, this process can be streamlined even further with devices such as an Arduino Wifi ShieldRaspberry Pi or an Electric Imp, to name just a few.

You can view the full tutorial here: