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Arduino 101

Pumping Station: One NFP

Saturday, March 31, 2012 from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM (CDT)

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The Introduction to the Arduino class is for beginners with no experience in electronics or microcontrollers. This is an information-based introduction to the Arduino, with just enough examples to verify the presentation.


What's a microcontroller?

What's Arduino? (open source software/hardware, a defacto standard, avr-gcc, libraries, bootloader)

Point out the various components on the Arduino board

What does a minimal Arduino consist of

Tour of the board connectors
       5.0 volts
       3.3 volts
       analog in
       analog out
       digital in/out

Installing the Arduino environment

A brief word on the Arduino environment 0.xx to 1.xx transition

Launching and running
       pick your board
       find your serial port
       find/set your sketches folder
       how projects/files are named
       save-as from the examples folder
       encourage saving often w/ different filenames
       code beautifier

Location of the examples and reference

Why is blinking an LED important?

Basic structure of the language

How to use a breadboard

What's a resistor?

Why is blinking an LED important?

Using the serial monitor

Running examples with i/o
       ditgital output
       digital input
               fake pushbutton (pullup w/ a  with wires)
       analog input
               voltage divider / pot (a ratio w/ one unknown value)
               voltage divider / photocells
       analog output (PWM)
               Regular LED
               RGB LED
       data (intelligent) i/o
               serial monitor, sparkfun catalog examples

libraries for specific types of devices

Hardware is hard. What is a shield?

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When & Where

University of Illinois at Chicago - Student Center East
Third Floor Conference Center
750 S. Halsted St.
Chicago, IL 60607

Saturday, March 31, 2012 from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM (CDT)

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Pumping Station: One, NFP is organized exclusively for charitable, educational, and scientific purposes. Our mission is to foster a collaborative environment wherein people can explore and create intersections between technology, science, art, and culture.

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