This class is an introduction to physical computing with the Arduino. Physical computing is a name for using a computer system (in this case, the Arduino microcontroller) to sense, react to, and effect the physical world. Students will learn the basic electronics and programming skills required to have an Arduino turn lights on and off, sense the world in a variety of ways, and move different kinds of motors automatically.
At the end of the course, students will be able to:
- Write programs for the Arduino
- Make lights blink, glow, pulse and flash
- Interact with your projects through a variety of sensors: buttons, knobs, light, distance, magnetics, temperature, and more!
- Move things in the real world with motors and servos
- Get your electronics talking to computers
Complete take-home kits are provided by the instructor, cost included in the registration fee.This fee covers the following materials:
- USB Cable
- Wire kit
- Resistor/capacitor kit
- Outputs: buzzer, knobs, pots, LEDs, servo, motor, display
- Sensors: ultrasound, pot/knob, temperature, magnetic, touch
- Battery pack
It is preferred to bring a Windows or Mac computer, but computers will be available for any students who need.
Joe Schlesinger is an Electrical and Computer Engineer, founder of the MakeIt Labs hackerspace in Nashua NH, and most recently an ARM/DSP Firmware Engineer for industrial power backup systems. Joe is currently employed as a python developer, and working on his fleet of arduino-compatible robotic mini-hexapods.
Session 1: Monday, April 22, 7:30PM - 9:30PM
Session 2: Monday, April 29, 7:30PM - 9:30PM
Session 3: Monday, May 6, 7:30PM - 9:30PM
Session 4: Monday, May 13, 7:30PM - 9:30PM
Session 5: Monday, May 20, 7:30PM - 9:30PM
When & Where
Artisan's Asylum, Inc.
Artisan's Asylum is a community fabrication and makerspace near Union Square, Somerville MA, that is dedicated to making creativity a way of life. It does this by maintaining a community workshop, training its members in the use of all of its professional-grade equipment, and hosting events promoting the learning and practicing of craft and creative expression.