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Create a Simple Circuit Controlled by Your Arduino

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

Bring these:

- laptop and power cord

- USB cable appropriate for your Arduino (the original cable, mini, or micro, whichever works)

- breadboard

- 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.

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  • Caesar S

    Ideal for learning.

    I just ran across this at SparkFun. ArduBlock, it's a graphical programming interface. Sketches are crated by using graphic block representations of the C++ programming language. Instead of writing code you drop the equivalent control blocks to the programming sketch.

    1 · September 3, 2014

  • Caesar S

    Awesome, great instructor, easy to understand & follow, very helpful

    1 · July 27, 2014

    • Annie

      Yes, we agree.

      July 28, 2014

  • Caesar S

    For Macs use the Arduino Uno, it's a little tricky setting up the driver and serial port. But I got it setup in 10 mins. I was originally using Arduino Demillanova, couldn't set it up. Once I installed the Uno serial driver, the network preference found the serial port for Uno and it was a happy clam.

    July 28, 2014

  • Caesar S

    I'm excited to learn how Arduino works!

    July 27, 2014

  • Gopal N.

    Looking forward to this!

    July 26, 2014

  • Gil S.

    I can't make it after all, should free up a spot

    July 26, 2014

  • Lee B.

    Looks like you are full up but I'd like to come and watch.

    July 26, 2014

    • Dan T.

      I have prepped 25 packets of components. If we run out, we'll have a few people share. Either way you'll have a chance to see these circuits working with your Arduino.

      1 · July 26, 2014

  • April A.

    I'm not going to make it after all - home maintenance calls ...

    July 25, 2014

  • Craig Z.

    I'll show progress made on my DIY Solowheel (Arduino communicating via RS232 to Roboteq controller, and via I2C to gyro/tilt sensor).

    1 · July 23, 2014

  • Caesar S

    I'm giving up my spot as I don't have an arduino yet, coming nonetheless to hang :-)

    Hope this helps families/groups that want join the fun.

    July 22, 2014

    • Dan T.

      I have several extra Arduinos on hand and am always happy to loan them for use at our meetups!

      1 · July 23, 2014

  • Annie

    I rsvped for 2, but we are a family of five: two adults, three geeklets.

    1 · July 13, 2014

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