Arduino Maker: Wanted

Job Status: OPEN

Posting Date: May 15, 2017


The Project

  • Envision and propose Arduino projects using the Ready Maker app as the programming and control environment.
  • Upon approval from Ready, manufacture the project and document every step using video and text.
  • Organize the finished steps into a digestible project for publication on and (and other potential maker sites).

This is an ongoing opportunity with the potential for 30 hours a week or more of your time. To understand the flavor of what can be built with Ready, take a look at this DIY project building an RF controlled car, with the UI built in Ready


Your Qualifications

  • Demonstrated ability as an Arduino maker- you’ve made Arduino projects, and we can look at them online.
  • Ability to write and capture video coherently, so people can follow your work.
  • Good communications skills: you’ll be working with the Ready team on idea development, and production.
  • Self starter: you can take initiative and solve problems.

Extra Credit

  • Your software development skills on Arduino are pretty rockin’: you can hack through the IDE and make cool stuff.
  • You’ve got a trove of Arduino hardware on hand, that you can start with.


Application Process

  • Send us an email explaining your qualifications to
  • Include links to 3 or more Arduino projects you’ve made
  • If you have any walkthrough videos, be sure to include them as well.


Next Steps

  • If we like what we see, we’ll ask you to do a small test project.
  • You’ll be paid to take the test, regardless of whether we do more projects together.



Contract basis, hourly.





Arduino + Ready: Hello World!

We've been working on connecting Ready to various robotics platforms, starting with Arduino. This video shows you:

  • How to connect an Arduino Uno board to your desktop computer.
  • Prepare the board to receive commands from Ready.
  • Make a small "Hello World" program in Ready that will turn the LED light on and off on the board when a button is tapped inside the Ready scene.

Resources required:

"Firmata" source code to upload to your board. Link

Howard Rheingold explores teaching computational thinking with Ready

Media theorist and author Howard Rheingold writes about Ready for the Digital Media + Learning research hub .

Visual programming languages and programming as a learning tool are old dreams, rooted in the late Seymour Papert’s creation of the Logo programming language for children. Lately, many promising variants — all of them based on visual rather than command-line interfaces — are popping up: Scratch, a successor to Logo, has been evolving in the MIT Media Lab’s “Lifelong Kindergarten;” Google has entered this arena with Blockly, “a library for building visual programming editors;” UC Berkeley’s Snap focuses on robotic control, as does Roberta. Many of these are powerful learning instruments, but because they run in their own “sandboxes,” are not meant for creating apps that run in the wild. David Bennahum’s visual programming language Ready, “an open-ended software creator,” is intended to change that.
— Howard Rheingold

English teacher reviews his experience with Ready

Teacher David Freitag posted on his blog about his experience using Ready, explaining: “Ready is visually appealing, easy to use, quick to learn, and contains many powerful features of programming languages.”  Read more...

David teaches high schoolers English and coaches the speech/forensics team at Greendale High School near Milwaukee, Wisconsin. You can find him on Twitter at @davidkfreitag.