The Erector Set of the New Millennium!
In a nutshell, Arduino combines robotics and coding into one platform. We start with the basics and scale from there!
For you nerdy types, Arduino is an open-source platform used for building electronics projects. Arduino consists of both a physical programmable circuit board (often referred to as a microcontroller) and a piece of software, or IDE (Integrated Development Environment) that runs on your computer, used to write and upload computer code to the physical board.
The Arduino platform has become quite popular with people just starting out with electronics, and for good reason. Unlike most previous programmable circuit boards, the Arduino does not need a separate piece of hardware (called a programmer) in order to load new code onto the board – you can simply use a USB cable. Additionally, the Arduino IDE uses a simplified version of C++, making it easier to learn to program. Finally, Arduino provides a standard form factor that breaks out the functions of the micro-controller into a more accessible package.
In this week-long program, we will introduce the basics of electronics and Arduino. Starting with components like resistors, capacitors, and diodes, we then move onto more advanced ones such as transistors, integrated circuits, and Arduino microcontrollers. We will finish up the week with a project incorporating all the components we encountered along the way. The project, the Arduino kit, and a robust kit will be yours to keep and further explore on your own.
- Learn about resistors, capacitors, diodes, transistors, integrated circuits and the Arduino board
- Develop these and other projects:
- Color Mixing Lamp
- Motorized Pin Wheel
- Keyboard Instrument
- Digital Hour Glass
July 24th–28th, 9am to 1pm daily. Total fee $345. Includes a robust kit for each student.
No past experience needed, just your imagination and desire to build a fun project to take home and show off your skills!
Ages 11 through 16 (some exceptions can be made)