Arduino

Class Times:
Spring 2020 Classes – 10.30am to 12.30pm

The Arduino class offers children the opportunity to create cool projects with the Arduino microcontroller.

Arduino introduces the coders to programming microcontrollers. The course will also introduce basic electronics, LEDs, switches, sensors , how to control motors, etc. The programming language is text based on C, it requires typing and circuit build and is better suited to those age 9/10 and above and / or have previous coding experience.

The Arduino is an open-source prototyping platform based on easy-to-use hardware and software. Arduino boards are able to read inputs – light on a sensor, a finger on a button, or a Twitter message – and turn it into an output – activating a motor, turning on an LED, publishing something online.

As class times are only just over 2 hours long it is IMPORTANT that PRIOR to attending the class that children have all relevant software installed on their laptops. A half hour will be provided where possible before the class starts to assist parents on a first come basis, however this is limited to the Windows environment only.

The following software is required:

Arduino: https://www.arduino.cc/en/main/software

In order to allow your your computer to be able to talk to some versions of the Arduino boards that we have purchased, the CH340/CH341 driver for your computer is required and can be installed as directed at Alexandre de Pellegrin’s blog.

Each device that we connect the Arduino requires a bit of software that needs to be added to the Arduino libraries. These libraries can be downloaded from our own website here (15Mb file).

Instructions for installing the Arduino libraries can be found here.

ArduBlock can be downloaded from our website here (5.39Mb file).

Installation details for ArduBlock can be found at their website.

ArduBlock-latest-051215The latest version of ArduBlock that we use will look like the image to the right. In addition to the basic blocks, this version also contains blocks from TinkerKit, DFRobot, Seeed Studio Grove, DuinoEDU Grove Add, Arduino Esplora, Adafruit, Makeblock, Insect Bot, 4Drawing, LittleBits, Keenlon and Jerusalab.

CoderDojo Navan is a cool, free environment where kids can learn how to program, build websites, animated characters and games.