Important Note (Update 3/10):
We've had and instructor change for this course and are modifying the content of the course for a bit. This is still a hands on Arduino course. This is the first time we've run this course with this material, so be warned, things may have some rough edges, but we should be able to work through them. Since we've changed the course around, we are offering refunds if you'd rather not participate.
This class has a hard limit of 15 participants, so RSVP now to get in. There is a $10 free charged for this class per person.
In this class, we'll be covering some of the technical capabilities of the Arduino, introducing you to the Arduino development environment, introducing you to sketches (built in example code that can be a great help when starting new projects), and building some simple circuits that use the example sketches and then modify those sketches to change the functionality.
We will help you install Arduino 1.0.1 on PC, Mac, or Linux, and show you how to get started.
Friendly SYN Shop facilitators will be on hand to help you through all activities.
Students are required to bring the following, or will be unable to participate:
Laptop and power supply: PC, Mac, or Linux.
Arduino and cable: Duemillenova, UNO, Leonardo, or compatible clone.
Arduino 1.0.1 Software: loaded and operational on you pc.
Breadboard, preferably 830 pin win two sets of power rails
Wire kit: you'll need about 14 jumpers, 12 short, 2 long.
Families are welcome and may share a laptop
Course materials are provided online as well as links to other materials.
Our fine partners, Pololu Robotics and Electronics, have electronic parts and kits available. If you purchase online before 2pm and use a local address, then you can select the pickup option and your order will be available same day. Pololu will not be delivering to class.
We recommend item 352, 830 point breadboard, and item 312, 140 piece wire kit. Together less than $11 at Pololu.
Pololu also has Arduino boards and kits available at http://www.pololu.com/search?query=Arduino%2BUno&x=0&y=0 . We recommend the Uno boards for beginners. Note that the board by itself does not come with a USB A-B cable, so please bring one of your own.
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