We will begin with learning what a microcontroller is and then move on to the programming environment. After we have everything working we will start programming Arduinos, moving on to more complex programs. We look at how electronic components connect to the Arduino and program the Arduino to read sensors.
This class in for anyone who wants to learn Arduino. Including, artists who want to add interactivity, inventors who want to prototype, future mad scientists, software people that want to learn hardware.
Students will need to bring a laptop. I will provide a list of components we will use. You can bring your own or buy them from me. You will also need an Arduino as well as a USB cable. If you do not have these they will be available for purchase.
Stop breadboarding and soldering – start making immediately! Adafruit’s Circuit Playground is jam-packed with LEDs, sensors, buttons, alligator clip pads and more. Build projects with Circuit Playground in a few minutes with the drag-and-drop MakeCode programming site, learn computer science using the CS Discoveries class on code.org, jump into CircuitPython to learn Python and hardware together, or even use Arduino IDE. Circuit Playground Express is the newest and best Circuit Playground board, with support for MakeCode, CircuitPython, and Arduino. It has a powerful processor, 10 NeoPixels, mini speaker, InfraRed receive and transmit, two buttons, a switch, 14 alligator clip pads, and lots of sensors: capacitive touch, IR proximity, temperature, light, motion and sound. A whole wide world of electronics and coding is waiting for you, and it fits in the palm of your hand.