House4Hack have completed a couple of very successful Arduino Courses at our headquarters. In an attempt to improve the course, I thought that we could add some resources and links that participants can use in preparation for the day, and also on the day.
The course is currently presented as a half day course at H4H.
- Components supplied with course (Arduino, Breadboard, USB cable, Resistors, LED’s, RGB LED, transistor, relay, diode, hobby servo, light dependent resistor, switch, variable resistor(pot) )
- The course aims to be an introduction to Arduino only. More advanced courses will be held soon i.e LCD displays, Logging data to SD card etc…
- The presentation below shows what contents will be covered during the morning
The course is currently being presented by Schalk Heunis and Tobie Nortje. If you are interested to get involved please let us know. We can do with more facilitators.
We currently charge R600 for the half day introduction course. This includes all the components needed aswell as an Arduin Uno. If you provide your own kit, the cost of the day is R200.
How to get there
The course is presented at the House4Hack premises at 4 Burger Ave, Centurion 0157, South-Africa
When we start the course in the mornings, not everyone has the Software (IDE) installed. This can be downloaded for your platform in advance and installed on your system. Some platforms also requires a driver to “see” the Arduino Board connected to you PC via USB. If you do not have an Arduino board you obviously can’t do this yet.
- Download the Arduino IDE here
- Instructions on how to install Arduino Drivers on your platform
- Video tutorial on getting started
- Create yourself a Linux Boot disk with Arduino on it
Where to buy your equipment
- Communica stocks kits, shields, arduino’s and general electronic components
- Netram - very fast delivery, stocks shields, arduino’s etc
- Electronics123 - do not stock arduino but get your resistors, caps, etc here
- RS-Components - not the cheapest but will get it for you!
- Micro Robotics – very conveniently located, about 5km from H4H – Johan, the owner, is very knowledgeable and often gives us discounts.
- Hobbytronics - a new startup with very reasonable prices
- small side cutter to cut breadboard wires and lead leads etc
- small long nose pliers for bending and holding inserting wires into breadboard
- wire stripper — well to strip wire with if you look after your teeth, or you don’t have a sidecutter
- Arduino UNO or compatible
- USB A-male to B-male
- 1 x NPA-AS3 Relay (5V )
- 5mm Colour LED’s (Red, Green, Yellow)
- NPN transistor (P2N2222A)
- 1000UF Capacitor (for stabilizing the Servo supply voltage)
- Triple Output RGB LED
- 5mm Micro-switches/Tactile
- LDR (Photocell)
- Small Servo Motor – any small 3wire hobby servo will do
- Potentiometer/rotary pot – small PCB mounted one is fine and cheaper, typically 10k or 100k
- 10 x 220 ohm resistors (see resistor calculator to figure out which one it is)
- 10 x 10kohm resistors (see resistor calculator to figure out which one it is)
- 10 x 100 ohm resistors (see resistor calculator to figure out which one it is)
- 10 x 1k ohm resistors (see resistor calculator to figure out which one it is)
- 10 x 100k ohm resistors (see resistor calculator to figure out which one it is)
- Wire – assortment for use on the breadboard, cut yourself or buy a breadboard kit
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