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Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Curious about Arduino, the open-source microcontroller? MakeIt Labs has a class Sunday

MakeIt Labs is holding an Arduino workshop Sunday, to teach people how to take advantage of this simple yet powerful, open-source microcontroller platform. They have a few spots left, at $60 each; all ages are welcome, but a parent will need to accompany anyone under 14 (you will share 1 ticket). IT runs from 10-3-ish.

http://makeit-arduino.eventbrite.com

Here's the description:


We're planning on covering a lot of ground so that participants will learn everything they need to start creating their own projects. Topics that will be covered include but are not limited to:

  • The basics about the Arduino prototyping platform and its capabilities
  • How to setup the software to communicate with and program the Arduino
  • How to run your first program, "Blink", the "Hello, World!" of physical computing
  • How to connect components like LEDs, switches, LCDs, and sensors
  • How to read inputs (both digital and analog) and control outputs
  • How to display text on a 16x2 LCD screen using a custom library
  • How to control the color of RGB LEDs with PWM outputs.

Lunch is included in the workshop, and there will be plenty of time at the end to cover individual questions from people that have specific projects in mind and want to get pointed in the right direction.

You will leave this workshop with over $60 worth of goodies, such as:

  • An Arduino UNO R3 microcontroller board
  • Breadboard for prototyping
  • A 16x2 LCD screen and connector board
  • LEDs, resistors, wires, and other electronic bits to use with your Arduino

It's never a bad idea to have a spare Arduino, but if you do not want/need the included board, we'll refund that part of your ticket price on the day of the workshop. Please note that the workshop is designed around the Arduino UNO R3 and that there will likely be differences if you own another model.

Find this and other workshops on our eventbrite page here: http://makeitlabs.eventbrite.com/