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Fall 2018 - Arduino Trainings

Beginning Training: Intro to Arduino and Physical Computing 

Tuesday, October 2,  2018  (4:00 -7:00 PM)
Tuesday, October 16,  2018 (4:00 -7:00 PM)

Your first step into the Arduino universe of physical computing. After a brief will walk-through of all the hardware
features of the Arduino board and breadboard, you will build circuits to light an LED, then add several LED’s along
with a switch to control them. During this class, you will learn how to use the Arduino Integrated Development
Environment (IDE) to modify Arduino sketches. Requirements: Laptop (PC or MAC| Please download and install
software from the Arduino website - www.arduino.cc/en/Main/Software


Arduino and Physical Computing – Intermediate | 4:00 - 7:00 PM 

Tuesday,  October 23, 2018 

Building on the Intro to Arduino, this intermediate course introduces you to motion control and feedback using digital and analog inputs and outputs. You will learn how to control the intensity of an output using Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) and how to combine PWM with Analog input to create a user controlled output. You will complete and test circuits using the following sensors: potentiometers – to measure position and provide feedback, IR proximity detector – detects objects near it, and a digital rotary sensor – a very useful user input also used in robots and other motion applications. Finally, we will dive into servos and really open up the world of motion control. Servos are the basis of robotics and motion control systems and will allow you to make robots, drones, RC vehicles that really move. Requirements: Laptop (PC or MAC) | Prerequisite Intro to Arduino | Bring kit from Intro to Arduino Training

Arduino and Physical Computing - Advanced (aka Intro to Robotics) | 4:00 - 7:00 PM 

Tuesday, November 13, 2018 

Using the skills learned in the Intermediate Arduino class you will make your own robotic finger starter project based on the French InMoov robot. This is more than just Arduino, you will need to successfully build the mechanical hand and finger components ensuring the fit of everything is just right. Then install the Arduino board, servo motors, wiring, and drive tendon. Finally, you will program your Arduino to actuate the finger thru its full range of motion. This is the real thing and will reinforce your understanding of basic Arduino concepts including  travel limits, servo control, and positional feedback. Requirements: Laptop (PC or MAC) | Prerequisite Arduino and Physical Computing – Intermediate | Bring kit from Intro to Arduino  training.

Design Thinking  | October 10, 2018 | 4:00 -7:00 PM

​This workshop focuses on a tangible learning process. Using the Design Thinking process to solve a practical challenge, you will see how instant feedback, iteration fast-forward problem solving, user-centered perspective and interdisciplinary teamwork can jump-start the idea generating process in your classroom.