Arduino is an open-source electronics platform based on easy-to-use hardware and software that is suitable for users with no experience with electronics. You can tell your board what to do by sending a set of instructions to the microcontroller on the board using the Arduino programming language. The Arduino has input/output pins allowing for your programs to interact with the physical world. The MakerLab's Arduino kits are available for checkout by NAU and CCC students, faculty, and staff, as well as community members on a first-come, first-served basis.
Arduino is the open source electronics prototyping platform that has taken the Maker Movement by storm. This thorough introduction, updated for the latest Arduino release, helps you start prototyping right away. From obtaining the required components to putting the final touches on your project, all the information you need is here! Getting started with Arduino is a snap. To use the introductory examples in this guide, all you need is an Arduino Uno or Leonardo, along with a USB cable and an LED. The easy-to-use, free Arduino development environment runs on Mac, Windows, and Linux. In Getting Started with Arduino, you'll learn about: Interaction design and physical computing The Arduino board and its software environment Basics of electricity and electronics Prototyping on a solderless breadboard Drawing a schematic diagram Talking to a computer--and the cloud--from Arduino Building a custom plant-watering system
Join the maker movement There's a technological and creative revolution underway. Amazing new tools, materials and skills turn us all into makers. Using technology to make, repair or customize the things we need brings engineering, design and computer science to the masses. Fortunately for educators, this maker movement overlaps with the natural inclinations of children and the power of learning by doing. The active learner is at the center of the learning process, amplifying the best traditions of progressive education. This book helps educators bring the exciting opportunities of the maker movement to every classroom.
Making Simple Robots is based on one idea: Anybody can build a robot! That includes kids, school teachers, parents, and non-engineers. If you can knit, sew, or fold a flat piece of paper into a box, you can build a no-tech robotic part. If you can use a hot glue gun, you can learn to solder basic electronics into a low-tech robot that reacts to its environment. And if you can figure out how to use the apps on your smart phone, you can learn enough programming to communicate with a simple robot.