Introduction to Microcontrollers with Arduino
Taught by Elisabeth McMullin
All materials included.
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We will explore the basic concepts of microcontrollers using Arduino, an easy-to- 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
Setting up the Arduino hardware & software
The function and uses of a microcontroller
Overview of basic electronics
Overview of the Wiring/Processing language
Basic circuits using buttons, LEDs & piezo buzzers
Basic sensor input (switches, knobs, & light sensors)
Controlling devices using sensor input
Introduction to transistors
Relays & controlling higher powered devices
Introduction to pulse width modulation (PWM)
Controlling DC & Servo motors with Arduino
Multiplexers and controlling many devices
Using Arduino with the Processing language (basic control of visuals &
sound on your laptop using sensor input)
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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