Intro to Arduino

Instructor: Elisabeth McMullin

Tuesday 3/8
Thursday 3/10
Tuesday 3/15
Monday 3/21


Members – $225
Bearded Members
(members with beards, or who are willing to wear a fake beard through every class; byo beard) - $215 (as part of our special beard bonanza promotion)
Non-Members – $250

All materials included.

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We will explore the basic concepts of microcontrollers using Arduino, an easyto-
use, open-source microcontroller platform, perfect for anyone who wants to
create interactive objects, installations, or instruments. It combines a simple
i/o board with a development environment, based on Processing, and can take
input from sensors, control electronic devices and communicate between
various electronic hardware and your computer.

Requirements: A laptop running OS X, Windows, or Linux with a USB port

Prerequisites: A basic knowledge of programming and/or electronics is
helpful but not necessary.

Things to Bring: Wire Cutters/ Strippers

Class 1:
Setting up the Arduino hardware & software
The function and uses of a microcontroller
Overview of basic electronics
Reading Schematics
Overview of the Wiring/Processing language
Basic circuits using buttons, LEDs & piezo buzzers

Class 2:
Programming review
Basic sensor input (switches, knobs, & light sensors)
Controlling devices using sensor input
Introduction to transistors
Relays & controlling higher powered devices

Class 3:
More sensors (vibration, bend, ir)
Introduction to pulse width modulation (PWM)
Controlling DC & Servo motors with Arduino
Using Arduino with the Processing language (basic control of visuals &
sound on your laptop using sensor input)

Class 4:
Introduction to SPI Interfacing & I2C Interfacing with Arduino
Controlling digital potentiometers
Building an arduino audio sequencer
Other related technologies: bluetooth, OSC, other languages that can
be used with Arduino

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