In this class, students of all levels will learn how to program and use an Arduino, an easy-to-learn open source microcontroller board that takes all sorts of sensor inputs, follows user-generated programs, and outputs data and power to the world. Arduinos are commonly used in robotics, mechatronics, and all manners of electronics projects around the world, and are supported by a huge community of people. This class will provide what you need to get started!
In this class, students will learn how to create, test and upload programs to the Arduino from their own computers; they will also learn the basics of attaching input and output devices to the board, such as buttons, knobs, sensors, lights, and motors. New programming concepts are introduced with new electronics components, so those familiar with one or the other will have something to learn. By the end, the students will have a broad understanding of some of the Arduino's capabilities, and enough knowledge to start developing their own projects.
There is a $10 materials fee, which covers a solderless breadboard, a set of jumper wires, and various electronic components. Students may buy Arduino Uno boards and supplementary cabling from the instructor for $25 or bring their own. The class has access to the Artisan's Asylum computer lab, but it is recommended that students bring their own laptop (Mac, Windows, or Linux with at least one USB port).
David is a software developer with a long previous career as a technical artist in the video game industry. He is the creator of GAMBY, an open-source Arduino 'shield' (expansion board) kit that turns an Arduino inot a handheld game console. David is also an amateur (in the original sense, one who does something for the love of it) dabbler in robotics, electronics, metalworking and a variety of other artistic media.
Session 1: Monday, November 18, 7:30PM - 9:30PM
Session 2: Monday, November 25, 7:30PM - 9:30PM
Session 3: Monday, December 2, 7:30PM - 9:30PM
Session 4: Monday, December 9, 7:30PM - 9:30PM
Session 5: Monday, December 16, 7:30PM - 9:30PM
REFUNDS: We offer full refunds for any class cancellations more than three days in advance of the class start date. After that point refunds are contingent upon the Asylum being able to fill the seat. No refunds whatsoever are offered for same-day cancellations. To request a refund for a class, please fill out this form.
CANCELLATIONS: Your class may be cancelled if too few people register. A decision will be made a few days before the class is scheduled to run, and you will be notified of the cancellation and your registration refunded in full.
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.