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Introduction to Arduino Microcontroller – July 16, 2011

Maui Makers is proud to announce our first Arduino Class and our first Visiting Instructor!

Spark Fun Inventors Kit box

David Stillman, of Spark Fun Electronics, is going to be on island for most of the month of July. He has offered to teach a class using the Spark Fun Inventors Kit (SIK), a nicely packaged Arduino kit. Maui Makers has secured 15 of these kits. We are offering 10 for sale with the class, and will be holding 5 in reserve for teaching the intro to people who cant afford to buy their own kits at present.

SparkFun Inventors kit parts

For those who don’t know, the Arduino is “an open-source electronics prototyping platform based on flexible, easy-to-use hardware and software. It’s intended for artists, designers, hobbyists, and anyone interested in creating interactive objects or environments.” (from Arduino.cc website)

The SIK packages an Arduino Uno, solderless breadboard, 36 page instructional booklet, 12 circuit overlays, LEDs, a servo, a motor, buttons, switches, sensors, buzzer, etc. The class will get you started using the Arduino, working us through a couple experiments. No soldering or programming experience is required. You will need to bring your own laptop (windows, mac or linux) to work through the exercises.

Experiments included in the instructions book lead the complete novice (or budding expert) through:

  • Blinking LEDs
  • Controlling a toy motor
  • Controlling a servo
  • Making (bad) music
  • Responding to buttons
  • Twisting a volume knob
  • Detecting ambient light
  • Reading temperature
  • Controlling big devices
  • Mixing LED colors

We will be having follow-up meetings for attendees with various levels of experience. Some advanced uses for Arduino include

  • Micro-climate weather stations
  • Garden/Green house control
  • Online sensors/controls (tweeting, web pages, etc)
  • RFID Access control
  • Robot control
  • Wearable Computing/Smart Textiles
  • RC Control via smart phone
  • Persistence of Vision (PoV) Displays
  • STEM (STEAM) educational projects

More projects on Arduino Playground, Make zine, Freeduino

Where: Institute for Astronomy
When: 1pm-3pm on Saturday July 16th (note: class may run long, till 4pm+ at no extra cost)
Costs:
(note member discount, see membership page for info)
Class w/kit for fully paid members: $90
Class without kit for fully paid members: $5
Class w/kit for non-members: $110
Class without kit for non-members: $20

Class over, signup removed
It was a good class and we will be holding more, but this one is over so I have removed the PayPal signup.
Stay Toon’d for more!!

We have a limited number of SparkFun Inventors Kits left. We intend to keep some for use in future classes, but if you would like to buy one ($90+4.166%get = $93.75) please use this PayPal button:





Location:

Institute For Astronomy
34 Ohiaku Street, Makawao, HI


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One comment

  1. I’m sorry I missed this! I work there, and didn’t hear a word about this. I think I actually met David Stillman in our office (where we control Pan STARRS from), but he didn’t mention this workshop.

    If there is another someday, please let me know…

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