Beginning Basic Arduino Workshop

Registration is now closed, we’ll be hosting another one soon so stay tuned!

Solid State Depot has decided to offer an introductory level class on the exciting maker friendly Arduino. What is the Arduino?

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.

The class will be two hours on December 3rd starting at 10AM. There will be no soldering and we are offering several ways to attend (please see below). The outline for the course is as follows. Italics means we may not have time to get to it, but we will provide a PDF tutorial and source code.

1. Introduction to Physical Computing
2. What is the Arduino and what you can do with it
3. The Arduino Platform
-Software (IDE)
4. Quick fundamentals of working with Microcontrollers and electronics
5. Get Software IDE installed on everyone’s machines
6. Blink an LED
7. More complicated, push button LED control
8. Make it work with a light sensor & an RGB LED


The kit we have put together for this workshop is fantastic for the price but we understand that some people may already have some of the components so we are offering multiple ways to pay for this workshop.

1. Workshop fee + bring your own materials: $15.00


2. Workshop fee + necessary kit: $50.00

3. Members can purchase just the kit (or bring their own stuff) and do not have to pay a workshop fee (contact Dan Davis to arrange payment/pricing). See our Dues page for information on becoming a member.

Required Parts

The required parts for the workshop are located on this list:

The kit we are providing includes more than just the parts needed for the workshop. We hope that they will inspire people to continue “making” and inventing. The kit you get from this workshop contains the following.

  • Arduino Uno – the latest Arduino USB board, fully assembled and tested.
  • 6′ USB A to B cable – USB provides power for up to 500mA (enough for most projects) and is ample length to connect to your desktop or laptop USB port.
  • Miniature breadboard – Excellent for making circuits and connections off the Arduino. Breadboard may come in various colors.
  • Male to Male jumper wires – These are high quality wires that allow you to connect the female headers on the Arduino to the components and breadboard.
  • Flex Sensor – Originally designed for the Nintendo Power Glove, now you too can measure flex!
  • SoftPot – Measure position along the softpot by looking at the change in resistance. It’s like a touch sensitive volume slider.
  • Photocell – A sensor to detect ambient light. Perfect for detecting when a drawer is opened or when night-time approaches.
  • Thermistor – A sensor for detecting ambient temperature and temperature changes.
  • Tri-Color LED – Because everyone loves a blinky. Use this LED to PWM mix any color you need.
  • Basic LEDs – Light emitting diodes make great general indicators.
  • Linear trim pot – Also known as a variable resistor, this is a device commonly used to control volume, contrast, and makes a great general user control input.
  • Buzzer – Make wonderful, brain splitting noises, alarms, and possibly music!12mm button – Because big buttons are easier to hit.
  • 330 Ohm Resistors – 5 current limiting resistors for LEDs, and strong pull-up resistors.
  • 10k Ohm Resistors – These make excellent pull-ups, pull-downs, and current limiters.

We will be posting source code after the workshop finishes for the projects we will be completing during the workshop. Also, the deadline for registering for the class is by Friday December 2nd 12:00PM so that we have time to make sure that we can get all the kits for the workshop. If you’d like to walk in and have the parts already then that is fine, you can write us a check or pay in cash. The workshop will require you to bring your laptop as part of the workshop will be setting up the development environment on your machine. However, if you can’t you are still welcome to come and we have a limited number of workstations that you could use for the duration of the workshop. If you have any questions about the workshop I encourage you to post them to our google group ().

Space is limited to 10 people; if we have less than 4 people we may postpone the workshop to another date and refund fees. Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

Happy Hacking 🙂


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