When Thu Sep 12 7pm — 9pm
Where Purple Classroom
1825 Monetary Ln #104 Carrollton, TX 75006
What Here’s your chance to learn about Arduino and play with a variety of sensors.
Host Nick Webb


  • Cost: Free
  • Restrictions:
    • Ages 16+

Cancellations for this event must be made before September 12, 2019 — 7:00pm.

Registration for the event is closed.

About this Event

This class is ideal for those with some Arduino experience as well as anyone with no electronics or programming experience. If you are wondering how to get started in the Arduino world, this class will let you gain experience with a number of sensors and accessories. Everyone will use a parts kit containing an Arduino Nano, breadboard, KY-001 (DS18B20) temperature sensor, KY-018 photo resistor module, potentiometer, ultrasonic distance sensor, servo, RGB LED module, USB cable, LEDs,… I’ll run through just enough slides to get you going then we will have lab time. The class is limited to eight so I can work with you individually. All you need to bring is your laptop configured as described below. Feel free to bring your favorite Arduino show-and-tell.

Following the semi structured route, you might start with Blink, then wire up a temperature (or light, distance, voltage) sensor, test it with the serial monitor and then the serial plotter. The circuit will evolve as you add a servo and exercise it. Then combine the operation of parts on the breadboard to form a “high resolution” light sensor that swings the servo dial 180 degrees as you cover the sensor. Then you can move on to the next exercise. We will not be covering much detailed programming but will discuss interesting statements and how they can be modified to give the output you want. Prototype an alarm by turning on an LED at 80 degrees or when the distance sensor detects close movement.

If you want to take the path less traveled, use the parts kit and modify supplied programs as desired or write your own. I’ll also bring some one-off parts like a gas sensor and most of a “37 sensor” kit. I've added a couple of RFID readers so we can see all the info Stan stores about you on your ID card or key fob. (It's actually boring... just a number.)

Please try to install the Arduino IDE before class. We can work on it during lab time if you cannot do it before class.

Special Considerations and Warnings

Laptop with the free Arduino IDE installed is required.