In the comments below let us know what kind of drone you are looking to build!


We will send 5 winners a Drone Discovery Bundle Featuring a Pair of MKR 1300 Boards and a PSoC6 Pioneer Kit!


Arduino Day Workshop: 27th of March at 11:00 AM CT (Chicago) or 4:00 PM GMT


Join us for an Arduino Day workshop hosted by who will introduce you to everything you need to know to build your own drone.  He will discuss the evolution between his original drone project, The Nanodrone , to its present form, the NanoDrone II.  You'll see how Arduino Nano 33 SenseArduino Nano 33 Sense and Tensor Flow Lite is used for facial recognition on the original NanoDrone projects. Next, you'll see how this project evolved to NanoDrone II, a device that can be easily installed on a semi-autonomous UAV to cover large areas of terrain, as well as installed on a ground robotized device.  The idea for the project is to make a relatively low-cost system to monitor plants and cultivation areas to detect the grown state as well as potential parasite and damaged plantsimage


You'll learn the steps that went into the "making of" process, choosing the boards, as well as the technologies used.  The technical part, software and implementation, will be focused on the Arduino MKR 1300 LoRaWANArduino MKR 1300 LoRaWAN with special emphasis on using two boards without the need of a dedicated gateway. A last part will introduce the PSoC 6 kitPSoC 6 kit as the ground control board used to connect to the cloud (AWS IoT Core).



Build Your Own Drone Using the Hardware of Your Choice!




During this workshop, you'll have a chance to explore AI using an Arduino Nano 33 Sense and TensorFlow,  AI on the Edge using a Raspberry Pi,  LoRaWan and P2P using two Arduino MKR 1300 boards,  and the PSoC6 and the RTOS way. During this event Enrico will walk you through everything you need to know to get started on your own Drone project.  No experience required.  He will also answer any hardware specific questions based on what you want to use in your drone device.   After the workshop is over you will receive a 50% off discount for attending.  5 lucky winners will receive a free course, along with a book once its available, and a drone kit which you can use to get started on drone project based on what you learned.  Each Kit includes 2 x MKR 1300 LoRaWAN Boards,  a PSoC6 Pioneer Kit, a Pi or an Arduino Nano Sense 33, an Adafruit GPS Ultimate Hat, and a Pi Noir Camera.


We will also include free private lessons  (12-hr over 4 courses), a book when it becomes available, and a Pi or Nano Sense 33 (subject to availability) depending on your project proposal.


To win comment below to:

  • Let us know what hardware you plan on using for your droid
  • How you will use an Arduino Nano Sense 33 or a Pi for AI
  • Register and attend the workshop live or On-Demand



This workshop is open to all but to get the most out of this experience, if you do not already own the hardware covered, you can purchase the following parts below.  If you have a question about using alternate hardware feel free to ask your questions during this presentation.


You can purchase a Drone Discovery Kit to explore all the hardware covered:


Buy KitBuy Kit


or you could purchase individual parts if you don't already own them:





Workshop coincides with Attack of the Drones, an homage to Sci Fi and its influence on drone technology, and the 4th Birthday of Project14 contest.  Your project can feature any kind of drone such as a UAV drone. a droid, a robot with wheels, a Borg, or a humanoid. You'll get a chance to apply what you learnt to a finished project for a prize.


What you'll learn by attending:


  • Nanodrone, the first inspiring project
    • How has it been designed?
    • The challenge of using a device lifted by a drone
    • Arduino Nano 33 Sense and Tensor Flow Lite
  • Codename: Nanodrone II
    • The idea
    • YADP: Yet Another Drone Project
    • AI for the Real World
    • AI on the Edge
    • The Hardware Boards
  • LoRaWan and P2P Connection
    • The Power of Arduino MKR 1300 WAN
    • Communication between the Two Arduino
    • MKR1300 Pros and Cons Flying Module Circuit
    • MKR 1300 Ports and available protocols
    • The interface
    • LoRa Connection and Protocol Notes
  • PSoC6: Bridging AI at the Edge to the AWS IoT Core on the Cloud
    • Note on the AWS IoT Core
    • PSoC6 Platform and IDE
    • The RTOS Way
    • Interfacing the MKR 1300


Arduino Day Drone Projects


Codename: NanoDrone II

NanoDrone II is a low-cost system to monitor plants and cultivation areas to detect the grown state as well as potential parasite and damaged plants. The device can be easily installed on a semi-autonomous UAV to cover large areas of terrain, as well as installed on a ground robotized device. The use of a UAV represents the most flexible solution compared to the ground mobile unit.



Codename: NanoDrone II



The Nanodrone

The original drone project and a suitable project for using the Nano Sense 33 and TensorFlow for AI.


The NanoDrone



Additional Resources:





This 2-hour workshop is free to join and will be an abbreviated version of the full 12-hour workshop. 


Interested members are encouraged to attend the full 12-hour course.  All members who register above will receive a 50% off discount voucher for the full course:


  • How to use 12C camera with a Raspberry Pi for real-time image acquisition
  • On-the-fly image processing for data analysis
  • How to connect the Raspberry Pi to Arduino LoRa to send data to a ground base
  • How to connect the ground Arduino LoRa receiver to the Cypress PSoC6 for data collection
  • How to connect the Cypress PSoC6 to the Internet via a mobile hotspot to send the data to an AWS IoT gateway


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The Presenter:

, element14 Community Member, element14 Community Member

Born in Turin, Italy. I have always had a special interest in electronics and communication. I had the chance to start working in the era of the first Personal Computers, just few years before their massive introduction, and very soon I started acquiring knowledge about hardware and software. I developed researches, patented hardware and software-integrated technologies, wrote technical articles on several technical papers in Italy and more. During the last decade I developed software and firmware for embedded devices, new products for Android, Mac and Linux. Before the Android massive diffusion, I had been developing software as Nokia developer focusing my experience on the Qt development platforms on desktops and Symbian devices. My approach to Electronics and circuit projects involving hardware and circuit creation is strongly oriented to microcontrollers, from small devices to the computer-like micro as the well-known ARM processors family. I definitely avoid two things: redundance (i.e. making projects more complex than can be done) and excess of complexity (i.e. a great solution should be simple and cheap, otherwise it is not a great solution). For this reasons I frequently rethink projects or create new ones in order to make products and prototypes market-affordable and as cheap as possible without compromising quality. Five years ago I moved to Ibiza (Balearic Islands, Spain) where I currently live and work.

Jan's professional skill set focuses on process integration, development methodologies, and application life cycle, He has 20+ years of experience with ERP, CRM and E-Commerce systems, as delivery manager, technology lead, integration architect, project lead, analyst and developer.


Jan has been active in the Chemicals, Public Transport, and Government sector, in Belgium, the United Kingdom, Germany, France, South-Africa, Greece, Poland, Spain and Russia. Jan is Development & Integration manager for PepsiCo. Jan is moderator at


Industrial and automotive electronics, microcontroller designs for functional safety, and maintainable software management.


30 years active in chemicals, pharmacy, rail, automotive and Food& Beverages