ARDUINO HOW-TO:

This includes Educational Materials, detailed How-To for a couple of different Starter Sets, and will link to How-To for many different devices.

EDUCATIONAL MATERIALS:

See the right menu for links to many different subjects. We suggest you start with "WHAT IS Arduino".

MATERIALS FOR TEACHERS:

We now have a set of slides we use with our "Arduino101" Workshop. See:

STARTER SETS: (aka "Starter Kits")

For an individual or student to get started with Arduino it is often best and most cost-effective to buy a "Starter Set". Many different companies such as YourDuino, Sparkfun, Adafruit, Oomlout and others sell starter sets.

A typical Starter Set includes:
  • An Arduino or Arduino-compatible Microcomputer board
  • A selection of Input devices such as switches and sensors
  • A selection of Output devices such as LEDs, Beepers, Servomotors etc.
  • A breadboard and cables or other system for connecting devices to Arduino

There are two different approaches to Starter Sets:
  • A basic lower-cost system with a breadboard and cables to connect the different devices
  • An "Electronic Brick" system with pre-wired components on small circuit boards and 3-wire cables that plug directly into a "Sensor Shield" or a YourDuinoRobo1 with 3-pin connectors

COMPARISON OF SEVERAL STARTER SETS:

Here is a chart that compares many available Starter Sets (click):

Here are links to the HOW-TO pages for some sets:


Photos of these two Sets are shown below:
First, here is the Basic Starter Set:(Details Here)
NOTE: The same set is available a lower cost without the box shown here.
It provides many different Input and Output devices (Sensors and Actuators) along with a connection breadboard, wires, cables and pins to connect things with. It is lower in cost than the Electronic Brick Starter Set that packages devices on small circuit board that can be plugged in. See details in the How-To pages.

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Electronic Brick Starter Set:

Each Input and Output device is packaged on a small circuit board with a 3-pin connector. It is easy to connect things with the supplied 3-pin cables. It also includes more devices than the Basic Starter Set, such as IR Remote Control, Tilt switch, Motion Sensor, Sound Sensor etc.

This set is particularly good for classroom / workshop situations because the connections are easier to make and more reliable than the breadboard approach. There is much less "It Doesn't Work" from individual students when teaching about concepts and different devices. Some universities start with Electronic Bricks, move to using individual components on breadboards (Included in the Brick Sets) and later to more complex individual student projects and even design of their own printed circuit boards.

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