Arduino For Total Newbies Workshop

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Arduino For Total Newbies workshop

Learn Arduino
using TV-B-Gone
as an example project

Learn Arduino using TV-B-Gone as an example project

You've probably heard lots about Arduino. But if you don't know what it is, or how you can use it to do all sorts of cool things, then this fun and easy workshop is for you. As an example project, we'll be creating a TV-B-Gone remote control out of an Arduino you can take home with you.

This workshop will be given:
   Day 2: Saturday, 13-July-2024, 1:00pm - 4:30pm, in Tobin 219 (Hardware Workshop)

Materials cost:
     $40 for materials
     No charge to observe the workshop

NOTE: You do NOT need to register to take this workshop -- please show up early to ensure a seat at Tobin 219 (Hardware Workshop).

Website

http://cornfieldelectronics.com/cfe/projects/tvbg_arduino/tvbg_arduino_workshop.php

Arduino For Total Newbies workshop at 33C3



Abstract

You've probably heard lots about Arduino. But if you don't know what it is, or how you can use it to do all sorts of cool things, then this fun and easy workshop is for you. As an example project, we'll be creating a TV-B-Gone remote control out of an Arduino you can take home with you.

Full Description

Arduino is an amazingly powerful tool that is very simple to learn to use. It was designed so that artists and non-geeks can start from nothing, and make something cool happen in less than 90 minutes. Yet, it is powerful enough so that uber-geeks can use it for their projects as well.

This workshop is easy enough for total newbies to learn all you need to know to get going on an Arduino.

Taught by Mitch Altman. Participants will make their own Arduino clone, and set it up on solderless breadboards to make their own TV-B-Gone remote control to turn off TVs in public places -- a fun way to learn Arduino (and electronics) basics. Bring your laptop, if you can.

Big thanks to Ken Shirriff, who came up with the original TV-B-Gone for Arduino.

Workshop Itinerary

  • Intro to Arduino
  • Very short lesson to learn everything you need to know about electronics!
  • Then we will learn to solder. Don't let this scare you! I've taught tens of thousands of people to solder, most of whom have never made anything before in their lives. It is actually a very easy skill to learn. It is also very useful.
  • Then we will each make our own Arduino clone from a kit made by Samurai Circuits: U-Do-It-Duino.
  • Now that we each have our own Arduino, we will set up the free and open-source software on our laptops (if you bring one) -- Windows, MacOS, or Linux are all fine!
  • And then its time to make something and learn how easy it is to use Aruino! I'll (very easily!) show you how to read schematic diagrams, and you'll put together your own TV-B-Gone remote control using your U-Do-It-Duino. We will use a solderless breadboard. These are really useful, and provide a fast, and very easy way to put circuits together without needing to solder.
  • Target practice is available all over the world after the workshop.

Summary

     What: Arduino workshop for total newbies, using TV-B-Gone remote controls as an intro
     When: 1:00pm to 4:30pm, Day 2, Saturday, July 13rd
     Where: Tobin 219 (Hardware Workshop)
     Who: Anyone and everyone can have fun learning Arduino. Ages 10 to 100
     Max #: 50 participants -- Please show up early to ensure you get a seat!
           -- You do NOT need to register to take this workshop -- first come, first served.
     Cost: $40 for materials -- includes everything you need to make your Arduino TV-B-Gone (and to play and experiment at home)!
          And you get to bring your Arduino TV-B-Gone home with you.
          No charge to observe the workshop

     Instructor: Mitch

Registration -- NOT required

You do not need to register in advance to take this workshop -- just show up early and get a kit.:

Required Software

Please download the free and open source Arduino software before the workshop -- Windows, Linux, or MacOS are all fine!:
Arduino software

Links

Arduino For Total Newbies workshop page
TV-B-Gone website
Ardiuno website
Ken Shirriff's TV-B-Gone Arduino project page
A video of part of the workshop from (the virtual) HOPE 2020 is available on the 2600 YouTube channel