Learn how to use the Arduino

What is the Arduino?

The Arduino is a very small computer, otherwise known as a microcontroller. It was designed with the intentions of making electronic projects easier and more accessible to artists and makers. The Arduino is hardware that can control lights, speakers, motors, and all other sorts of electronic gadgets. It is also software environment that allows you to program simple computer code to run your project. Learning the Arduino will enable you to bring life to your projects.

We’ve designed a set of workshops that gives you the essential training to get comfortable working with the Arduino. If you are interested in making some interactive projects or have been waiting to learn the Arduino, then check out these Spring Workshops.

Intro to Soldering: Build Your Own Arduino

Learn how to solder electronics components up by making an Arduino Kit, students will be making NKC Electronic’s Freeduino Kit, which is shield compatible and very similar to the Arduino UNO.  You’ll pick up some knowledge of electronic components along the way too.

Introduction to the Arduino: Physical Pixel

From powering up to programming, you’ll learn everything you need to know to get started with the Arduino. This class will build a simple “Physical Pixel” project, where students will construct a simple circuit that controls the color of an RGB LED from 3 knobs that the user adjusts.

Arduino Workshop: Ambient Orb

A project oriented class, where you can take your Arduino to the next level. In this workshop, you’ll build a simple LED circuit that is controlled by data pulled off the internet – like stocks prices, twitter feeds, etc. It is expected that you already own an Arduino prior to taking this workshop, and have some experience already.

Arduino Workshop: Robots!

Another project oriented workshop, but geared up for folks interested in robotics. In this workshop, you’ll learn how to control motors and mechanical parts to create a simple robot. It is expected that you already own an Arduino prior to taking this workshop, and have some experience already.