Introduction to Arduino
Go from blinking an LED to virtual prototyping in seven hours and still have time to eat lunch! This class is for anyone who has never played around with Arduino before and those who have played around a little bit but aren’t entirely sure about how the basics work. It’s easier than you think! We will put together basic single component electrical circuits, learn about analog and digital, input and output, basic programming concepts, practice very basic Serial communication, and briefly cover basic virtual prototyping. In case you haven’t noticed the key word here is basic. Students will create three simple circuits highlighting analog and digital forms of input and output. Get started with the Arduino programming environment, briefly discuss programming and virtual prototyping. Depending on class interest, Arduino-related educational techniques may be discussed as well. Students will receive one SparkFun Inventor’s Kit.
Materials included in this class are:
Concepts covered in this class:
- Using a breadboard
- Ohm’s Law
- Digital and Analog
- Input and Output
- Arduino programming environment basics
- Serial Monitor usage with text, variables and pin states
Depending on class interest: Creating schematics and PCBs using the educational prototyping tool Fritzing, continued exploration of circuits and/or a brief example of sensor calibration.
Prerequisites: You should have a basic understanding of what series and parallel mean. Ages 12 and up.
Note: Please install the Arduino and Fritizing software on your computer before the class. Click here for instructions on installing the Arduino software, and click here for Fritzing download.
What to bring: A laptop is recommended if you have one. We have 20 laptops that are given out on a first come, first served basis. Bring your own lunch.
Date: October 18, 2014
Time: 9AM–5PM (with a one hour break for lunch)
Location: SparkFun Electronics. Please come to the front door on the southwest corner of the building. There will be a sign near the door indicating for you to ring the bell so we can let you in.
Instructors: Tai Johnson, TBA
We will NOT accept walk-ins for this class unless you are registered. Thank you for understanding.
Note: Class registration is fully refundable until the weekday (M-F) prior to the class at 5:00pm MST. Please call to do so. If you wish to cancel after that time, or miss the workshop for any reason, we will transfer the amount you paid to SparkFun store credit, but cannot issue refunds. Thanks for your understanding!
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