Here’s the link to the Arduino Programming Notebook free PDF download, written by Brian W. Evans. It’s a handy reference to the Arduino programming language and even includes a few simple circuits with matching code in the back. You can also order a printed version for about $5.
Here is the first set of components, connectors, and wire on the prototype RoboShield daughter-board for the Arudino microcontroller. The bottom-left quadrant of the board will be an h-bridge motor controller to drive two robot motors. Above that is a piezo buzzer and three-color RGB LED. The connector blocks on the uppper edge and the bottom right provide access to the Arduino’s input/output pins as well as ground and 5v buss lines to make interfacing sensors quick and easy. More on this soon…
Laying out the components for a robotics shield for the Arduino microcontroller.
Here is the first step in designing a robotics daughter-board (the RoboShield) for the Arduino microcontroller. I’m just laying out the components and marking things up in Sharpie to get a feel of how to use space on the tiny little board (it’s about the size of a business card).
Once this is designed and tested it will greatly simplify building the Ard-bots we use for the Arduino Robotics class.
Round 3 of the Intro To Arduino Class for L.A. Robotics Club
Last week’s class had such a turn-out that we had to split off a another session this weekend for 40 more students. It’s fantastic to see so many people interested in Arduino and microcontrollers / robotics in general. Teaching these back-to-back definitely helped me refine my presentation as well.
Here’s more student feedback:
I thoroughly enjoyed this class, and the level of professionalism in which it was presented. I appreciated the pace of the class, the constant check for any questions and/or extra needed help (and immediate help was offered). Thank you all who helped make this possible. I very much look forward to the next class with the L.A. Robotics Club. Again, thank you!
– Brian J.
Great little introductory class. I was quite surprised at the turnout!
I really enjoyed the class. I look forward to an intermediate and advanced class.
Sorry that I was late, but the information and the pace of the instructor was spot on.
– Michael C.
Awesome class, As an intro class I especially liked how no one was left behind. If some one was stuck, Michael made an effort to get the person up to speed. My friends and I are will defiantly attend the next arduino class. Thanks to Michael, Annika, Tim and the rest of the group.
– Alexis A.
That was awesome. Thanks……!
– Brant L.
An Arduino microcontroller and it’s best friend
40 more students learning Arduino for the first time. This was my second time teaching the materials that will eventually be the YouTube tutorial videos. This one went really well and the new meeting space at Black Design Associates is awesome! Special thanks to Annika O’Brien, founder of the L.A. Robotics Club.
Here is some student feedback:
This was exactly the right level and pace for an intro Arduino class. I really enjoyed it and everybody was ready to learn.
– Barry B.
Wow! What a great class. Michael is a fabulous instructor. Thank you Annika and Michael Looking forward to learning more with you.
– Staci T.
Fantastic class. Clear, concise, well thought out. Thanks! Can’t wait to continue.
– Mosa K.
Except for a few times when it was too noisy to hear anything, it was the best ever. There was a lot of reasons why, not just do it this way.
– Tim L.
I learned a ton!
– Andy E.
Ard-bot: A complete robot kit for use with the Arduino microcontroller.
Just finished teaching a full-on robotics building class to 40+ students in Pasadena for the L.A. Robotics Club. This was a follow-up to last month’s Intro to Arudino class. Had a great time building table-top turtle robots using Arduino microcontrollers. The “Ard-bot” was a great success:
I had a great time. Everyone was extremely helpful, which was great, because it was the first robot that I had ever built.
– Leonard R.
Well organized. Good pace. productive. Fun!! Where else can you get a working programmable robot in just a few hours?
– David V.
The “Build a Robot” class was a fantastic idea to get beginners started on robotics. By the end of the day, I had built a robot on a platform can easily be extended with sensors and new movement patterns. Looking forward to more!
– Gene D.
Best class yet
– John W.
Great kit, instructions, and planning. Thanks to all the organizers.
– Kevin C.
It rocked my socks!
– Joel C.