This workshop is aimed at beginners who have their Arduino up and running but don't know what to do with it yet! We will help you create a simple circuit using your Arduino and a breadboard. We will connect a button switch and a few LEDs to the Arduino and learn how to turn the LEDs on and off and read the button switch. There will be sample code and a circuit diagram to help you build future projects with these basic modules. If there's time, we'll discuss different ways to connect Arduinos with basic components such as lights, sensors, switches, etc.
*** As usual, there will be a brief show-n-tell session before the actual workshop, so bring any current projects you want to share!
Preparation and supplies
- laptop and power cord
- USB cable appropriate for your Arduino (the original cable, mini, or micro, whichever works)
- jumper cables
We will provide some LEDs and button switches.
Do this beforehand:
- download and install Arduino 1.0.5, if you haven't already
- be able to build and upload the "Blink" sketch to your board, just so you'll know the process. We will actually use different code but you'll need to know how to upload a sketch
Where to find supplies and information
Nice photos and description of some useful items, like breadboard and jumper cables:
Sparkfun is another friendly site for supplies and tutorials. They're in CO, and they seem to ship stuff faster than Adafruit.
Friendly tutorials to get you started with the Arduino:
The main Arduino site:
Don't forget to use The Force! (of other makers, that is.) When you run into problems, no matter how stupid or trivial they seem, the internet is a great resource, but you can also post a question on the KingMakers message board (look under Discussions on the top bar). More often than not, someone in the group will be able to help you or steer you in the right direction. Be patient while awaiting an answer, though - some folks are only free late at night.