Arduino 101 - An Intro to Programming Arduino

We'll introduce the Arduino platform - a valuable tool for electronics prototyping. 

In this introductory course, we will help you with the questions below:

1.  What is Arduino?  How did it get started?  Who invented it?  Why?

2.  What are some of the interesting things that people are already doing with Arduino?

3.  Which Arduino is right for me? How can I tell?  Where can I get one? We will have them available for purchase for a nominal fee!

4.  How do I get started with sample projects? Bring your laptop (Windows, OS X, or Linux) and we will install the development tools on it with you.

5. Is there a good tutorial that I can follow?  We will provide an excellent tutorial for you to take with you.

6.  What's the first project I can do? Each class member will wire blinking lights on a prototyping board and run the software on an Arduino to make your lights blink!

If you do not have an Arduino already and wish to purchase one, we will have a limited number of Arduino Mega boards for sale (with connection cables) for the rock bottom price of $25.00.  Please bring cash!  ALL PROCEEDS WILL GO TO NOVA LABS!

In addition, we will be selling basic prototyping kits at the session. These kits include a breadboard, several resisters, several LEDS, switches, potentiometers, and jumper wires, basically everything you need to get started building with your Arduino!  These kits will also be available for an additional  $30.00.  Below is a picture of the kit. (again, ALL PROCEEDS WILL GO TO NOVA LABS)

Please note:  You do not need to purchase an Arduino and / or prototyping kit to take the class, but these are tremendous deals and all proceeds benefit NOVA Labs. If you want them, please bring cash or check!  With our instruction, the Arduino and the prototyping kit you will have everything you need to make at least a dozen starter projects and more after you leave the class. 

In any case, PLEASE BRING YOUR LAPTOP (PC, MAC, Linux).  We will be installing the Arduino development environment and you will leave having written your first program for the Arduino!

Looking forward to seeing everyone there!

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  • Jim S.

    For everyone wanting to go further, I would suggest coming to the next meetup with your boards, and your kits and your manuals and let's continue where we left off!

    March 19

  • Dave

    Great intro, I learned a lot in only a couple of hours but now all I have is questions... Fun class, looking forward to playing around with the Arduino and will definitely take the 102 class.

    March 19

  • A former member
    A former member

    Very good quick start. I would love to have a regular Meetup with a group working their way through the manual we started on last night, as long as a few veterans are available to help when we get stuck..

    March 19

    • Kathy

      Tony, I was thinking the exact same thing today.

      March 19

  • Anne

    Hands-on experiential learning-love it! This was a well-planned, well-provisioned class - thank you.

    March 19

  • Kathy

    Loved it! So much fun. Interesting. Time flew by. Can't wait for Arduino 102.

    March 18

  • Victor E.

    My apologies, I have to attend to other business tonight. Is it possible if I attend a future arduino meetup?

    March 18

    • Jim S.

      no problem Victor

      March 18

    • Victor E.

      many thanks, i was really looking foward to this meetup.

      March 18

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi! I will need a board too. Thanks

    March 17

  • k

    Hi, I'd like to buy a board & kit also tomorrow. I will have a PC.

    March 17

  • Kathy

    I, too, would like to buy a board and a kit. Thanks. My laptop is Windows 7.

    March 17

  • Anne

    Hi! Will my old Macbook do the job - OS X[masked]?

    March 17

    • Jim S.

      Yes. As long as you have USB ports, the OS version is fine.

      March 17

    • Anne

      Thanks, Jim - looking forward to it!

      March 17

  • Cassie

    Hi, I would like to buy an Arduino megaboard and kit when I come to class….thank you!

    March 12

    • Cassie

      Do you mean I need a receipt for the payment for class?

      March 17

    • Jim S.

      Cassie. We know (from meetup) i you have paid for the class or not. I cannot accept credit cards but if you send additional monies to NOVA Labs for the kit, just bring that receipt and Ill give you the kit, no problem. Would prefer if you just bring cash or check for the kit/arduino, but it is up to you. OK? See you there!

      March 17

  • Mark

    I'd also like to purchase a Megaboard and kit

    March 17

    • Jim S.

      OK. That is great. Please bring cash or check for them! See you there!

      March 17

  • Anne

    If so, will be signing up and will want to purchase an Arduino board in class, thx!

    March 17

    • Jim S.

      Anne. Just pay for the class and bring cash or check for the Arduino board and/or kit that you wish to purchase. We look forward to seeing you there

      March 17

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