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Intro to Electronics: DIY Arduino

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Tuesdays, Oct 30th, and Nov 6th, 6 to 8pm

Arduino is an open source platform designed for artists, educators, and designers to be able to develop affordable prototypes for interactive design.  It includes both a stand-alone circuit board with input / output for various components and an IDE (integrated development environment) for programming to provide an easy on-ramp for people learning how to design and program open hardware.  If you’re interested in getting started in electronics, this workshop is a great place to start!

The first session will go over the basic layout of the board and introduce students to the Arduino IDE.  We’ll run through some sample projects, explore input / output, pin layout, the basic layout of an Arduino sketch and introduction to breadboarding.  The second session will focus on sample projects -- blinking LEDs is fine, but what can you actually build with the Arduino? -- and include time for prototyping and breadboarding in the lab.  Wet will *not* be covering soldering, circuit design, or introduction to schematics. For those topics, check out Skill Builder: Learn to Solder with the Educato Kit

Instructor: Katie Gradowski

Befoer you come to class, you’ll need to install the Arduino IDE.   Click here for installation instructions!

What to bring to class:  Participants should plan to bring their own laptop with the Arduino IDE installed ahead of time.   If you need help installing drivers, the labs will be open at 5 pm on Tuesday October 30 for technical suppot.  If you do not have you own laptop, please email katie.gradowski@as220.og and we will make sure there is a computer available.  

Supplie and Resources:  All materials are included. There is no take-home component to this class.  If you would like to purchase your own Arduino kit for working outside of class, you can do so via   If you would like to build your own Arduino from scratch, we will be offering a "Learn to Solder with the Educato" workshop a week after this class!   

Shop Time:  Want to use the shop independently between classes?  Sign up for a Pay-As-You-Go membership at AS220 Industries.   This level of membership will give you access to the shared workstation in the labs, as well as our computer lab.   We also offer monthly memberships at varying levels of access. For questions about membership please email edwige.charlot@as220.og.

Prerequisites:  None.

Follow Up Workshops

About Our Shop

Location and Parking.   The AS220 Labs is located at the Mercantile at 131 Washington Street Providence, Rhode Island on the 1st floor. The shop's entrance is located at the back of the building on Lucie Way; the shop's double doors are at the Northwest corner of the building. There is 2 hour metered on street parking available, and parking is free on Sundays. We are also located near a parking garage with entry on Washington Street, look for the big blue parking sign.

Important Class Policies.   Please be as respectful of the short time you and the other participants have to learn and be as on time as possible. If you arrive more than a half an hour late we will not be able to teach you. Please plan ahead, it always takes time to find on street parking. To cancel your reservation must email at least two weeks in advance, or risk losing your payment.

Cancellation of Classes.  If minimum number is not met in class enrollment, the teacher may opt to cancel class. If this is the case, we will give a full refund of class payment and first choice to enroll in future classes. We will attempt to give as much notice as possible, thank you for your understanding.

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