Arduino Training

 

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.

 Course Contents

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

Course Presenters

The course will be presented by Jacques Conradie. If you are interested to get involved please let us know. We can do with more facilitators.

Cost

We currently charge R800 for the half day introduction course. This includes all the components needed as well as an Arduino Uno R3 board or similar (e.g. EDArduino). If you provide your own kit, the cost of the day is R400.

How to get there

The course is presented at the House4Hack premises at 4 Burger Ave, Centurion 0157, South-Africa

Getting Started

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.

Electronics theory useful for Arduino 
Not everyone will have an electronics background when you come to our course. The beauty of the Arduino platform is that you DO NOT really need any background. The video resource below, however will show you everything that is important for basic Arduino tinkering.
Course Contents
When I started out I obtained a little kit, with all the equipment provided in this course. A little booklet came with the kit, and some of the resources is given below. This should make it very easy to build some of these circuits yourself and have an handy backup point to visit should you get stuck. It also have very handy breadboard layout sheets and a video tutorial. You can print these little breadboard layouts before hand. They might help if you get confused in the beginning.
 Resources

 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
Usefull Stuff
  • 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
What do Buy
The following components will be used in the course and is included in the kit – if you opt to bring your own, please ensure that you have at least the following:
  •     Arduino-Compatible Uno R3 or similar (e.g. EdArduino)
  •     Breadboard – 400 holes (5.5 x 8.5 cm)
  •     USB A-male to B-male
  •     1 x N4078-2C Relay (5V )
  •     9 x 5mm Colour LED’s (Red, Green, Yellow)
  •     1 x NPN transistor (P2N2222A)
  •     1 x 1000UF Capacitor (for stabilizing the Servo supply voltage)
  •     1 x Triple Output RGB LED
  •     2 x 5mm Micro-switches/Tactile
  •     1 x LDR (Photocell)
  •     1 x 74HC595 Shift Register
  •     1 x 9G Micro-Servo
  •     1 x Potentiometer/rotary pot – 10K
  •     1 x 1N4004 Diode
  •     10 x 220 ohm resistors
  •     10 x 10kohm resistors
  •     10 x 100 ohm resistors
  •     10 x 1k ohm resistors
  •     10 x 100k ohm resistors
  •     10 x 4,7k ohm resistors
  •     Dupont Breadboard Jumper Cable Wire Kit (APPROX 65 pcs, Male to Male)
  •     1 x Plastic Component Box

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This article has 5 comments

  1. timhaak 01/06/2012, 9:50 am:

    When’s the next training session :)

    • skullkey 01/06/2012, 11:24 am:

      We’ll probably do some planning on Tuesday and then update the calendar for the next couple of months

  2. mithunkalan 02/09/2012, 3:21 pm:

    Hi Schalk/Tobie

    I would like to have a half day training on arduino. Its rather urgent. You guys offer training at night during the weekday? or sunday? or the 2nd half of saturday? (i have japanese class on saturday mornings)

    Let me know. I’m keen for this sunday if you guys can offer a class. Can i invite others to the class?

    cheers
    -mithun
    @mithunkalan

  3. Tooblippe 04/04/2012, 3:46 pm:

    NOW!

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