Arduino Workshops Start October 4, 2014

Arduino Uno

Melbourne MakerSpace presents a series of Arduino Workshops beginning Saturday, October 4th, 2014.

Have you heard about Arduino?

“Arduino is a single-board microcontroller, intended to make the application of interactive objects or environments more accessible. The hardware consists of an open-source hardware board designed around an 8-bit Atmel AVRmicrocontroller, or a 32-bit Atmel ARM. Current models feature a USB interface, 6 analog input pins, as well as 14 digital I/O pins which allows the user to attach various extension boards.

Introduced in 2005, the Arduino platform was designed to provide an inexpensive and easy way for hobbyists, students and professionals to create devices that interact with their environment using sensors and actuators. Common examples for beginner hobbyists include simple robotsthermostats and motion detectors. It comes with a simple integrated development environment (IDE) that runs on regular personal computers and allows users to write programs for Arduino using C or C++.” [Wikipedia]

About a million Arduinos have been sold. They are making embedded computing technology accessible to the masses: artist, educators, scientist, hobbiest. They are being used for 3D printing, CNC machines, datalogging, mini Web servers, wearable electronics (with dazzling LEDs), sensors, smart ‘wired’ houses, robotics and the ‘Internet of Things’. The Arduino is a great way to learn C/C++ computer programming and electronics.

Our MakerSpace is committed to pulling together the tools and resources to equip the community of people who like to learn and make things. This Arduino Workshop is an opportunity for anyone (from 14 to 99.9) to engage technology in a fun and encouraging atmosphere. Among are membership are some of the best technologists, programmers and craftsmen in the area. The welcome mat is out!

We will be utilizing the SEEED Studio Grove module system with the Arduino Uno. The Grove system makes a wide array of inexpensive modules that plug into a Grove Shield using a standard set of cables using 4-wire JIT connectors. This allows for rapid prototyping and easy assembly that is well supported by a great wiki. We are ordering 20 sets of kits up front; the plan is to sell a $15 kit for each of the 7 workshops (which are spaced about 2 weeks apart).  We meet at the MakerSpace on Saturday mornings, 10:00AM to 12:30PM, with a makeup the following ‘Microcontroller Monday’ open house at 7:00PM. The kits are sold at cost; the value delivered to participants is top notch; these modules can easily be incorporated into your projects. The series will begin at a novice level for weeks 1 and 2; intermediate level for 3, 4, and 5; and advanced weeks 6 and 7.

Individual Kit Bill of Materials: Link (Divided into 7 kits, 1 per session, at $15/kit)

RSVP on the Meetup.com event or comment below, and please indicate if you are interested in the kits.

Click here to see all the details about each week’s class and what each one entails.

Schedule

Week 1 10/04/14
Week 2 10/18/14
Week 3 11/01/14
Week 4 11/15/14
Week 5 12/06/14
Week 6 12/20/14
Week 7 01/03/15

About Joshua Pritt

Taught myself how to program Applesoft BASIC when I was 12. Been programming in various languages ever since.