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In this course, we will introduce you to the basics of programmable electronics using Arduino. We will start off with simple concepts around designing and creating light sculptures with LEDs that blink to create a variety of patterns and sequences. The course will expand this project to show you how to dim and fade LEDs using a technique called Pulse Width Modulation (PWM). This same technique will be used to mix colors of a tri-color LED to re-create any color in the rainbow and produce your very own disco light show!
Throughout this course, we will introduce the basics of programming in Arduino, introducing a handful of useful constructs in C \ C++ programming.
Our focus will be around five main concepts in Arduino:
- basic program flow and control
- analog and digital
- basic serial communication
- variables and memory
- inputs and outputs
This course is offered in collaboration with SparkFun Electronics.
This course is in scheduled mode. Learn more about scheduled courses here.
Session 1: Introduction to digital control
What makes Arduino really powerful is that it can interact with the physical world. We'll start by covering how to build simple sensors that can measure the light level of a room, monitor the temperature, or even test your reaction speed!
Session 2: Custom functions & color mixing RGB
This session will discuss the basics of designing and creating light sculptures with LEDs that blink to create a variety of patterns and sequences.
Session 3: Reading analog sensors
This session will cover reading analog inputs and setting up basic serial communication.
Session 4: Push buttons and state machines
In this session we will cover combining the ability to control output devices like LEDs and to interact with sensors like photodetectors and push buttons.
Instructors & Guests
Derek Runberg is the is a Corporate Strategist, Author and Educator from SparkFun Electronics - a position dedicated to creating corporate partnerships with a focus on emerging technologies and new markets for SparkFun. Previously, Derek worked in the SparkFun Department of Education where he authored the books SparkFun Guide to Processing and co-author of the Inventor’s Guide to Arduino, created products for the K-12 Market, developed curricular content and ran professional development workshops for educators. Before his time at SparkFun that he was a middle school technology/engineering teacher, a digital design lab program instructor and is the author of the "Processing and Interactivity for Educators" website.
What You Need to Take This Course
- Arduino board
- Push Buttons
- 330 Ohm resistors
- 10K Ohm resistors
- RGB LED
If a student signs up for the Creative Electronics with Arduino program, it is recommended that these courses are taken sequentially.
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