13 Year Old Italian Students Make a Smart Ardubike

On May 12, 2018, an “Ardubike” was completed and showcased at the School Maker Day exhibition by 5 third-grade students in Bologna, Italy.

Organized and conducted by Luca D’Agostino, a professional educator at IC9 Bologna lower secondary school, these 5 third-grade students had attended an optional lab for 30 hours (3 hours per week) to work on the “Ardubike” project.

With the goal to exercise and develop their STEAM skills, the students started this project by wondering what kind of safety feature could work for a modern 2.0 bike. After the first design lesson with their teacher Luca, they discussed the creative and important features they had in mind for their bikes and developed a plan.

Later in this lab, students learned how to use the Orion board (based on Arduino) with Makeblock sensors included in the Makeblock Inventor Electronic Kit, how to connect sensors to the board and how to program the board with mBlock, the programming software designed for STEAM education. During all of these courses, students worked in 2 groups, each group would work their own break-downed parts of the bike; eventually all works would be put together to develop the final project.

The final project ensured a safety system for the bike using lights, turn signals and a fall alert based on a compass position control. (S.A.F.E., Signal Alert of Fall Embedded).

The system includes:


  • 4 LED RGB Strip-Addressable 0.5 M for front and back safety lights and turn signals
  • 1 Me Joystick Module for turn signals
  • 1 Me Potentiometer Module for lights with 4 intensity levels
  • 1 Me Compass to check the vertical bike position and put on the alert signal when it falls off.
  • 1 Orion Board


  • 1 Orion Board
  • 1 Me Joystick Module for turn signals
  • 4 Me RGB LED for turn signals light

The final work:

Ardubike has two systems to improve the rider’s security: the first one is to improve the rider’s visibility to others, there are position light (white on front side…

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