About this Event
Flashing a single red LED is a fun first project for Arduino hobbyists but that may sound boring to some Makers. In this class for total beginner and intermediate hobbyists we will jump in with both feet and Make circuits to exercise 24" strips with 34 individually addressable RGB LEDs. These fascinating strips have finally dropped into the hobby price range. Understanding libraries, current ratings and other details is challenging to beginners but we will run through that and then you will wire up your own circuit, load programs and see what happens. All parts except your laptop are provided.
Goals are to:
- Understand the basics of microcontrollers.
- Install the Arduino IDE on your laptop.
- Wire up simple circuits on the breadboard to control a strip.
- Download provided programs to the Arduino.
- Make simple program changes to customize a program. We will not cover programming but will discuss changing certain lines to customize results.
- Leave with the knowledge, documentation, parts list and programs to acquire your own parts to repeat the exercises at home and expand on them.
I like to encourage students without electronics or programming experience to see that its possible to jump into the Arduino hobby and see that it can be easy and fun. Knowledge can be furthered by taking other DMS classes, internet tutorials and youtube videos.
Students will each use a parts kit containing an Arduino Nano, a WS2812B LED strip, breadboard, potentiometer and other components.
PM me @bpamplin if there are things you would like to cover in class. No guarantees, but I’ll try to help.
Special Considerations and Warnings
Please bring a notebook computer with a USB port. Some thin notebooks do not include a USB port but have USB dongles available.
Some MacOS computers tend to have problems running the Arduino IDE. I can give some guidance but I not familiar with using them. More than 90% work out fine.