Intro to Arduino and Electronics Class

This is a 4-hour hands-on introduction to the Arduino micro-controller and beginning electronics and electronic components. This is an expanded version of our original Intro to Arduino class but with a more streamlined approach (we've done this class for over 200 people now!) and a deeper focus on electronics as well as Arduino.


You will learn:

Arduino Microcontroller basics 
The waterfall model of electricity 
Units of electrical measurement and Ohms Law 
Interfacing digital inputs and output 
Interfacing analog inputs 
Writing clear and concise C code 
Creating custom functions for more powerful code 
Working with electronic components such as resistors, LEDs, potentiometers, light dependent resistors, and more.

You will need:

A Windows, Mac, or Linux Laptop 
The free Arduino software (see below) 
An Arduino starter kit (see link below for kits to purchase)

Class fee of $40 is due at the time you RSVP and helps support the L.A. Robotics Club. The class fee does NOT include an Arduino starter kit (see below.) If you've taken one of our Arduino classes before this one is new and improved and you will learn new useful skills. If you're a complete beginner this class is still appropriate as no previous experience is necessary.

Come support the L.A. Robotics Club and Learn Arduino & Electronics!

For detailed information about preparing for the Intro class and a list of links to Arduino Starter Kits visit my online course page at www.mlBelanger.com/intro-to-arduino


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  • John S.

    curious as to when the next even will be. order over $200 worth of stuff to play around with and my coworker as well would like to come, he has a bit more equipment as i do (for work)

    June 9

  • matt p.

    Great class learned a lot for the short time we were there. Hope they have more advanced classes in the future.

    May 26

  • John S.

    Is it possible to pay in cash in person as atm i dont know if i can make it but would like to

    May 23, 2014

    • Michael B.

      John we're most likely over-booked at the moment with people who are attending but haven't yet purchased an Arduino kit and I only have a few kits left from our supplier. If you already have an Arduino board, etc then you can definitely pay at the door but if not best to wait till next time.

      May 23, 2014

    • John S.

      I bought a bunch of goodies including a https://www.spark.io/­­ as well as a basic kit I am going to get cscript for dummies here soon I also got a http://www.robotshop­....­ and everything I need to prototype soexcited for the next one to come

      May 26

  • Nanita Z.

    Amazing! Easy for beginners, yet also very in-depth, wonderful instructions provided by Mike - thank you!

    May 25

  • Michael B.

    A big Thank You to everyone who attended! And thanks for being patient with my late arrival. I was wonderful to see such a diverse group of people all interested in learning electronics and micro-controllers!

    Several people asked what their next step should be after the class. Once we settle on a new location (or locations) we'll schedule an Open Lab for June, but in the mean time, definitely go over all the examples we did in class so you can reinforce what we covered.

    Also, Arduino.cc is a fantastic resource for learning more. The Learning > Examples section of that website has a full set of articles on all the example sketches that come with the Arduino software. For each one they show you how to build the matching circuit and explain how the sketch works.

    You can load those sketches from the Examples menu of the Arduino software but as per my usual recommendation I'd suggest you type them in yourself instead, especially for the shorter ones!

    May 25

  • maurice s.

    Michael did an outstanding job with his presentation. I learned a lot from this experience.

    May 25

  • A former member
    A former member

    Helpful & experienced instructor. Great for a curious beginner.

    1 · May 24, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great class, had learned a lot of stuff that I probably wouldn't have easily gathered over self learning

    May 24, 2014

  • JWalker

    Here n waiting for instructor

    May 24, 2014

  • Michael B.

    I'll be there momentarily!

    May 24, 2014

  • Doug

    Ho ho! Hi Michael,

    I guess I fall under the "rushing" category. I DO have my own kit... does that make a difference?
    If so, no worries, I'll try again next time.

    Thanks,
    Doug Foster

    May 24, 2014

  • Michael B.

    I'm locking this meetup at 15 attending since we're so short on Arduino kits. Hopefully no one was rushing this morning to sign up.

    See you all at noon!

    May 24, 2014

  • Michael B.

    I'm working on getting some additional kits from Tim beyond the 6 I have already. I'll also have a couple of loaner kits in case we run short. If you don't have a kit yet and want to purchase one reply here and let me know. One way or another we'll get you covered for Saturday (even if we have to have people double up for the hands-on portion of the class).

    May 22, 2014

    • Michael B.

      I have 3 kits reserved to people who paid Tim directly. I'll have 3 more available for purchase the day of class ($40 cash). I'll have a couple of loaner kits as well.

      May 23, 2014

    • Luminita D.

      I'll have cash

      May 24, 2014

  • Buddhalove

    id like to come this time but i dont have money for everything but i want to have everything bu next meetup.

    i will eventually be building an animatronic for a movie i have a contract for. as well as several other projects.

    so i was wondering what board i should get.
    these are the boards im looking at and was wondering wich would be the best for multiple projects im looking at galileo but dono if its overkill or exactly what i need.
    http://www.robotshop.com/en/arduino-intel-galileo-microcontroller.html

    http://www.robotshop.com/en/arduino-yun-usb-microcontroller.html

    http://www.robotshop.com/en/arduino-uno-usb-microcontroller-rev-3.html


    Main Projects with board will be several animatronics and uav's

    May 23, 2014

    • Michael B.

      I'm guessing at this point the loaner kits will go very fast so if you haven't registered yet probably best to wait till next time.

      May 23, 2014

    • Michael B.

      As for which Arduino to buy the Uno is a good solid board and perfect for first-time users. It's the easiest of the boards to interface computer-wise.

      May 23, 2014

  • Michael B.

    It's great to see so much interest! (We've added 10 new people in the last 5 days). I apologize in advance if tomorrow is a little nuts as we have a very limited number of kits available for folks who don't already have one. Obviously if you already have an Arduino starter kit of some sort bring it along with your laptop and please pre-load the free Arduino software from Arduino.cc

    If you don't have a kit yet bring laptop and download the free software as well. First thing tomorrow we'll see how many people we have with kits and sort things out from there!

    (And yes the kits I have will go to the folks who have paid Tim already through his website first.)

    May 23, 2014

  • Michael B.

    All right everyone. If you don't have an Arduino kit yet I'll have 3 unsold ones available for purchase tomorrow and a couple of loaner kits as well. If we come up short we'll have folks double up for the class and Tim will have more kits available next week.

    Please make sure to download the free Arduino software from Arduino.cc and if you have a board already make sure you can download the "blink" sample program (sketch) to the board. Windows machines might need a driver installed.

    First thing tomorrow we'll get everyone up and running as quickly as possible so we can get past the installing stage and get to the actual class.

    I'm looking forward to a fun class. See you all tomorrow!

    1 · May 23, 2014

  • Peter

    I cannot make the class this Saturday. When is the next Introduction to Arduino and Electronics class?

    May 20, 2014

    • Michael B.

      Usually every couple of months as demand builds up. We'll post in the Meetup group when we schedule the next one.

      May 22, 2014

  • Donna C.

    I purchased the kit from Tim this morning; please save me a kit. Also, I cannot find the RSVP button to sign upand pay for the class.

    May 22, 2014

    • Michael B.

      There should be a big friendly RSVP button somewhere on the meetup listing for the group. Let me know if you're still not finding it.

      May 22, 2014

  • maurice s.

    How do I get in touch with Tim to purchase the Kit. Help!!

    May 22, 2014

    • Christopher

      click on link above and follow his link to his site.

      May 22, 2014

  • maurice s.

    I do. Please let me know, if a kit is available, so that I can sign up.

    May 22, 2014

  • Donna C.

    I do! Thanks!

    May 21, 2014

  • Michael B.

    Tim left me with 6 kits (back when we only had 4 RSVPs for the class). A quick show of hands, how many people need to purchase an Arduino kit for this Saturday. Please reply to this message with an "I do" response.

    May 21, 2014

    • Christopher

      Hi Michael. I've already purchased one from Tim. He'll be handing you my receipt shortly if not already for Saturday's class. Please save me one thank you.

      May 21, 2014

    • Erin R.

      I do

      May 21, 2014

  • Donna C.

    I am trying to purchase the Arduino kit from Tim Laren but his store website is down. Is there anyway that he could bring the kit to class for me to purchase? I am not sure there is enough time to order a kit and have ti delivered in time for class. Thanks.

    May 17, 2014

    • Erin R.

      Do you have any left? I tried to buy from website but it says the kit was backordered.

      May 19, 2014

    • Christopher

      Michael please put me down for one of Tim Laren's kits. However doing this won't allow me to test prior to the start of the class. Should I arrive early to pick-up my kit and test before hand?

      May 19, 2014

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