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  [153] Booting Up on Arduino 4Instructor: Ed Morin
Grades: 7th to 10thRoom: C139
Year: 2018Time: 12:30 PM
Class Size: 6 to 12Prerequisites: Desire to learn the Arduino embedded electronics microprocessor and programming environment. Good understanding of electricity, electric charge, circuits, electromagnetism, and electronics as covered in the Getting Attracted to Electricity and Magnetism and Turning On to Electronics classes (or equivalent).
Tuition: $37 per 4-Class Session
Recurring Supplies Cost: $75 per YearDescription: 4-Class Session
Annual One Time Cost$NoneDescription: Basic, inexpensive laptop/notebook computer with an available USB port for programming and testing; this can be an older model. (The Arduino software is available for use with Windows, MacOS and Linux.) Arduino Project Handbook by Mark Geddes (available from Amazon.com) Basic hand tools including needle-nose pliers, wire cutter, wire stripper, small screwdrivers, etc. Reasonable products can be purchased inexpensively. Basic multimeter. Some tools will be made available in class on a shared basis. Some components may be reused for the projects covered in class. The book also includes 10 projects that we will not be doing in class which would require additional components. Students that wish to do these extracurricular projects on their own can easily obtain them from a variety of sources (even Amazon.com!).
Student Provided Materials: Basic, inexpensive laptop/notebook computer with an available USB port for programming and testing; this can be an older model. (The Arduino software is available for use with Windows, MacOS and Linux.) Arduino Project Handbook by Mark Geddes (available from Amazon.com) Basic hand tools including needle-nose pliers, wire cutter, wire stripper, small screwdrivers, etc. Reasonable products can be purchased inexpensively. Basic multimeter. Some tools will be made available in class on a shared basis. Some components may be reused for the projects covered in class. The book also includes 10 projects that we will not be doing in class which would require additional components. Students that wish to do these extracurricular projects on their own can easily obtain them from a variety of sources (even Amazon.com!).
Homework: Optional activities available, but none required.
In 1971, the tiny Intel 4004 microprocessor hit the market unleashing a microcomputer revolution that has forever changed our world. Microprocessors provide powerful computer control for many of the everyday things around us including toys, smart-home control, automobile key fobs, all kinds of common appliances, our utilities infrastructure, and even the manufacturing infrastructure used to make these things! This course is an introduction to one of the most-popular, easy-to-use microprocessor development systems called Arduino. This hands-on, project-oriented course is based on the Arduino Project Handbook by Mark Geddes. Students will work at their own pace to learn the basics of input and output control for a variety of common devices that will be used for creating fun projects with LED lights, simple games, and environmental sensing. The knowledge and skills gained from this class also provide an excellent foundation for exploring robotics. All hands-on activities by students use safe power and do not require any soldering.