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This exclusive course is part of the program:Creative Electronics with Arduino
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In this course, we will explore adding features and functionality to our Arduino. We will expand upon the foundations taught in Foundations in Arduino Programming and show you how to make sounds, display information, and interface special addressable RGB LEDs.
After you've mastered the basics of input and output on the Arduino, the next step is learning how to get the Arduino to make sounds and play notes. We will then expand this project to show you how to play your favorite ringtones or small music files right on your Arduino! Finally, the course will conclude with an activity around interfacing and programming for a strip of WS2812 Addressable LEDs.
This course is offered in collaboration with SparkFun Electronics.
This course is in scheduled mode. Learn more about scheduled courses here.
Session 1: Making sounds and playing music
In this session, we will learn about the Arduino's tone() function, and how to use it to start making sound and notes. We will combine this with some buttons and other sensors to demonstrate how to create a simple Arduino-style musical instrument!
Session 2: LCD display interface basics
In this session, we will start with a simple 16 x 2 character LCD display. Using this display, we will show you how to make the necessary wiring connections and print out text so that you will have a visual read-out on your projects. We will even show you how to write your very own simple quiz game using the LCD display!
Session 3: NeoPixel RGB display control
This session will cover how to interface to a 64 x 48 pixel graphic LCD display. Using this display, you will be able to add not only text, but also graphic elements like lines, shapes, and icons to your next project!
Session 4: Micro OLED graphic LCD display
In this final session, we will discuss the techniques used to create a variety of twinkling, brilliant color patterns and effects using WS2812 Addressable LEDs.
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
- Buzzer or speaker
- LCD Display
- Micro OLED Display
- WS2812 NeoPixel Strip
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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