We're running an beginners guide to Arduino and Physical Computing at MadLab in Manchester, England, February 10.
The price for the full-day workshop is £120. It includes digital and paper copies of all materials, an Arduino UNO starter kit (worth £40, with cables, components, breadboards, mount, USB), as well as a buffet lunch.
Ideal for those who are interested in learning more about arduino and already have a little programming experience.
You'll need to bring your own computer, but everything else you'll need is supplied as part of the course.
10:00 − 10:30 The history of Physical Computing
What the term means and some interesting work done with it
10:30 − 11:00 How to set up and use an Arduino (for Mac, Linux and Windows machines).
Making sure they can see each other, and how to send code to it.
11:00 − 11:15 Break
11:15 − 12:15 Basic Components : The types of component and what they’re used for.
12:15 − 13:15 A light buffet lunch will be served
13:15 − 13:45 How Electricity Behaves
Circuits, capacitors, resistors, switches, diodes, capacitors, and breadboards
13:45 − 14:45 Input and Output – controlling LEDs, reading sensors
Building our first circuit to flash lights using a potentiometer, and programming it
14:45 − 15:45 Talking to the computer – interacting with Processing through your Arduino
Visualising the potentiometer feedback using Processing and serial communications
15:45 − 16:00 Break
16:00 − 17:00 Talking to the computer – building a simple synthesizer
Expanding our circuit to make a simple synth using a photoresistor and potentiometer
17:00 − 17:30 Arduino expansions – what can you do next for £50
Other boards and what they allow, other types of arduino
How to connect and configure Arduino Uno devices to a computer, and download programmes to it
How to use a breadboard to prototype circuits, and interact with components through software
What different kinds of components exist and how to use photoresistor, potentiometers, and LEDs.
How to communicate with an Arduino using USB and Processing
How to expand your Arduino and where to find devices and support
Full details at http://s.madlab.org.uk/beguarphco