H4H Arduino Course Resources

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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 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.

Cost

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

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

  • 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!
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. You are welcome to bring your own, or buy a goodie bag on the day

Energy Logger Course

Arduino Advanced Course

Posted in: Arduino

This article has 3 comments

  1. Yogi Naidoo 10/03/2011, 7:39 pm:

    This course was soooo awesome!! Everyone who’s every wanted to build anything electronic should attend. This stuff is way to easy!

    Thanks Guys!

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