Arduino Workshop

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Arduino Workshop

Postby leftyfb » Mon Jan 06, 2014 7:17 pm


This workshop is for anyone who has never played around with Arduino before and those who have played around a little bit but aren’t entirely sure about how the basics work. It’s easier than you think!

We will put together basic single component electrical circuits, learn about analog and digital, input and output, basic programming concepts, practice very basic Serial communication, and briefly cover basic virtual prototyping.

In case you haven’t noticed the key word here is “basic.”

Students will create three simple circuits highlighting analog and digital forms of input and output. Get started with the Arduino programming environment; briefly discuss programming and virtual prototyping.

Concepts that will be covered include:

Using a breadboard
Ohm’s Law
Digital and Analog
Input and Output
Arduino programming environment basics
Serial Monitor usage with text, variables and pin states
The $99 workshop fee includes a Sparkfun Inventor’s Kit students get to take home afterward; the kit normally sells online for $99.95. Members of Lowell Makes may participate in the workshop for $75.

To ensure adequate instructor-student engagement, this workshop is limited to 12 students. Please register using the form below. ... 9930406112
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Re: Arduino Workshop

Postby leftyfb » Mon Jan 27, 2014 12:13 am

Ok, sorry about that guys. I would have posted earlier but we stayed late into the night in the space after the workshop and worked on cleaning and organizing and running ethernet and mounting wireless access points.

Then around 8am we got word that we had a water leak in the space. Turned out this was a lot worse than we though. I'm getting home now after spending all day there removing all the computers and other equipment from the 2-3 inches of water from the storage closet and draining the water from the closet. Most of the laptops and all of the desktops are damaged and probably will no longer be functional. The water is still flowing and will be through the night. We might have a longer post elsewhere in the forum going into more details about all this later on.

That said, onto the event.

The event turned out great. We had slots for 12 students and ended up getting 14! Luckily we purchased extra kits(some of which are now damaged due to the water). Sajin did most of the work going through the lessons and explaining some basic electronics concepts while I tried my best to help with individuals and a little bit of the curriculum itself.

We had a great class as well. Many individuals caught on pretty quick and some even surpassed the basics we were going over and moved onto more complicated projects in their books.

Some items that were brought up to improve future classes were noted and will certainly be addressed next time:

- We will request students to bring a laptop if necessary at the beginning of the class announcement and description and not the night before the class.
- We will request any software or setup on laptops or devices previous to the class so we don't have to spend time downloading and installing.

- We got some requests to have the slides posted online. Those should be coming but might not be in the same form they were shown in the class for copyrighted reasons.

- Charles had asked about connecting an iPhone to an Arduino. This link should help with that: ... ial-cable/

- There was also mention of an online class with live video streamining on Arduino. This will be held by Sparkfun on February 8th. All info on this can be found here:

A couple pictures from the event. More will be posted later:



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Re: Arduino Workshop

Postby pataelmo » Mon Mar 10, 2014 8:54 am

I have recently learned that there is an open source project on GitHub that is porting the Arduino code base to TI products. TI has started creating their "Launchpad" line which is similar to the arduino, but some of the newer offering have some real horsepower and really interesting interfaces.

Launchpad Offerings:

Energia (Arduino fork for TI products):

I'm specifically interested in the fact that their new Arm Cortex M4 "Tiva" Processor with Ethernet built in is available in this format for $20! 120Mhz with lots of hardware accelerators means this is a really powerful micro. If the energia platform is stable (I'm hoping I can play with it soon), this could be a great way to be able to take on more CPU intensive projects with only the knowledge of the Arduinos needed.
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