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 and build 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, light sensors, vibration and temperature sensors
- Make noise with a buzzer
- Switch large loads such as relays, motors and high power LEDs
- Control motors and servos 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 “clinic” where you can present your project ideas and the instructors and other workshop participants will help evaluate your project’s cost and feasibility, and select parts and tools for it.
We will use the ARDX starter kit from Seeed Studio. If you don’t buy a ticket with a parts kit, you can either buy one directly from Seeed Studio, or buy the parts individually. Most of them are available at Radio Shack.
Familiarity with computers is required. Some knowledge of electricity, electronics and programming (in any programming language) is a plus and will enhance your understanding of the material, 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 with a USB port (running Windows, Mac or Linux supported), and you must install the Arduino software and drivers before you arrive.
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 Hack Manhattan and Alpha One Labs.
We have a regular open house every Tuesday evening. Hack Manhattan members are available to answer any questions you may have after the workshop.
Hack Manhattan is a non-profit cooperative space in Lower Manhattan dedicated to technology, science, and art.