Arduino for dummies

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Arduino for dummies
Sat 29 Dec 2012 14:00
till Sat 29 Dec 2012 17:00
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Introduction to the Arduino system
Discovering the basics of the Arduino hardware and programming environment.
HSB Brussels,Belgium
free donation for expenses (suggested: €5)
Jurgen, Wouter S., ZipionLive

Topics to discuss[edit]

  • what's to find on the Arduino?
  • what's with all the different kinds, brands and models?
  • the default Arduino IDE
  • some basic programs:
    • blinking light ("hello world")
    • interfacing with computer via USB
    • getting input (digital and analog)
    • sending output (digital and PWM)
    • Just an idea: combining the above: create a morse code encoder/decoder? (don't know if we can pull this off... let's figure out together!)


  • 14:00-14:15 explanation (Arduino - Breadboard - "Hello World")
  • 14:15-14:30 "hands-on" trying and doing
  • 14:30-14:45 explanation (Input - Output - analog and digital - libraries)
  • 14:45-15:00 "hands-on" trying and doing
  • 15:00-15:15 explanation (what else is possible: shields, motors, notion of interrupts, protocols)
  • 15:15-15:30 "hands-on" trying and doing
  • 15:30-17:00 diving in... work on a little project of yourself, or take on one of the challenges
    • Creating an LED traffic light (+ advanced: include pedestrians crossing with manual button)
    • RGB-led controlled with 3 potentiometers (+ advanced: just 1 potentionmeter and a pushbutton to toggle between colors)
    • Send a message in morse code on the LED of a piezo element (+ really advanced: decode morse code on button pressed)
    • ... (feel free to add ideas)
  • 17:00-... Feel free to stay and keep working and/or socialize in the space...


  • A working Arduino
  • A USB-cable (thick one for older Arduinos, mini-USB for Leonardo)
  • Your own laptop (running Windows, Linux, Apple)
  • A breadboard
  • Some breadboard wires

We're teaming up with a friendly company (name comes here) to be able to order some stuff. It will then be delivered to the space by the time of the workshop.


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