Arduino is a prototyping platform for physical computing. An Arduino board lets you to write programs that accept inputs—switches, pushbuttons, thermometers, accelerometers, commands received over radio or the Internet, or even inputs that you invent yourself—and control outputs—lights, buzzers, motors, displays, water valves, and much more.
The Arduino class at Hack Manhattan will start with the very basics and teach you to:
- Blink an LED
- Read inputs from pushbutton switches and light sensors
- Make noise with a buzzer
- Switch large loads such as relays, motors and high power LEDs
- Control motors and run them in forward and reverse, to build a robot
The instructors are very knowledgeable and we have a big selection of parts available at our lab, so if there's anything else you want to do with the Arduino, we will probably be able to help you.
Arduinos can be used to build robots, remote sensors, physical games, and almost anything you can imagine. At the end of the workshop, we will have a robot hackathon where participants split up into groups to create an awesome robot.
You can no longer sign up with a parts kit and new signups need to source some of the parts yourself. We have plenty of the passive components, so you only need to buy an Arduino, a motor driver and some motors. Most of these parts are available at Radio Shack. Contact us if you have any questions.
Familiarity with computers is required. Some knowledge of electricity, electronics and programming (in any programming language) is a plus, but the workshop will start with the very basics.
The ticket with parts kit includes all the parts you need for the workshop.
You must bring a laptop (Windows, Mac or Linux supported) with a USB port.
Hack Manhattan is a cooperative space in Lower Manhattan dedicated to technology, science and art. Members currently work on projects in electronics, software, machining, robotics, wearables, photography, gardening and beekeeping. The workshop is taught by Hack Manhattan member Robert Diamond, a professional software developer who has previously taught popular Arduino workshops at Alpha One Labs.
We have a regular open house every Tuesday evening. Hack Manhattan members are available to answer questions you may have after the workshop.
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Hack Manhattan is a non-profit cooperative space in Lower Manhattan dedicated to technology, science, and art.