Arduino 101: January Hack Day edition

December 23rd, 2012 by danbackslide

Arduino microcontroller

 Sign up for the class at Eventbrite!

Ever wanted to make something blink or buzz, but don’t know where to start?  This is the class that will teach you the basics of what an Arduino can do, and how microcontrollers are awesome!

The January class is on Saturday, January 5, from 10:00am to 3:00pm.

The January class is our first Saturday Arduino class. We’ll be running both sessions in one day, with a lunch break. After class, feel free to stick around for Open Hack!

Cost is $50, which includes a parts kit we’ll be using in class (it’s yours to keep!). Students will need to supply their own Arduino board and laptop. 

  • The class focuses on the Arduino Uno model, but everything works with the Arduino Mega as well. The Arduino Leonardo is new and I haven’t had a chance to play with it, but I expect it’ll play nicely.
  • Arduino-compatible boards/Arduino clones might cause some issues — pin layouts may be different, and in some cases they’re not 100% code-compatible. If you already have one, feel free to bring it in, but if you’re just getting started I recommend buying an official Arduino board.
  • If you don’t have an Arduino, they’re available at most local Radio Shack stores, and also at Micro Center in St. Louis Park. Or you can check the Vend-A-Kit machine at the Hack Factory! (And of course you can mail-order one, but where’s the instant gratification in that?)
  • If you haven’t got a laptop, please get in touch. We can possibly work something out.

 

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One Response to “Arduino 101: January Hack Day edition”

  1. sid chow Says:

    OK We just wanted to do this quick introduction post. Our name is DFW Makers Club, located in Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex area in the state of Texas. We are to our knowledge the latest hackerspace to open up in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex. We are for the most part a group of students who have started this project and are going through the steps to eventually open our doors to the public at large reasonably early next year. We are trying to meet up to our challenges and overcome them in the process to build a model organization. Our central goal is for our hackerspace to act as a community oriented nonprofit workshop helping people of all walks of life pursue technology and industrial related interests both as a group and as individuals. We shall do that by:

    1. Educating, teaching and instructing youths, school children, the unemployed who wants to gain new employable skills etc etc and we shall spread our knowledge, knowhow and expertise in the fields in which we as a group or as individuals may excel.

    2. By giving the community at large access to tools, expertise, knowhow and manpower in order to work on their own projects and also contribute to the hackerspace in their own right.

    3. By recruiting among our local communities and by having regular get together in order to build solidarity with and among our hackerspace, our immediate community and the overall community of Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex. We also aim to reach out, network and build friendships with other hackerspaces.

    The challenges faced by our organization are many but the most debilitating one is that of a general lack of resources esp. at the rate that we are expanding our overall activity. Given the fact that most of the members of our hackerspace are students and as enthusiastic as we are we come from mostly humble backgrounds. Therefore in order to meet our economic and resource related challenges – namely a dedicated workspace open to all 24/7, we are considering raising capital and are interested in starting a kickstarter campaign. What do you guys think? We are interested in hearing from established hackerspaces such as yourself. Let us know if you have any questions, we will be glad to reply and update you with the pertinent information. And of course we would definitely appreciate any word of advice and any support in substance and/or in spirit.

    You can follow us on our website hackerspace and facebook.com/DFWMakersClub.

    Thank You.

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