Hello, I’m new to Arduino and I would need some guidance from the community here on it.
I’ve only been recently exposed to Arduino through my school’s ICT program and senior’s projects for science projects or fairs. I have basic knowledge on Arduino and simple electronic parts and I’m able to create simple projects with LEDs, Potentiometers, Piezo buzzers and some assorted sensors on breakout boards.
Having completed those basic projects with an Arduino Mega clone and a small kit of basic parts, I feel like I should get to the next level of understanding by using parts not available in my basic set like capacitors, diodes, transistors, various ICs etc. I’m not sure what parts I should get next for deepening my understanding of electronics and Arduino.
Currently my small kit has the following parts:
One Arduino Mega Clone One USB Cable One Small Breadboard Ten Male to Male Jumper Wires Ten 5mm Red LEDs Ten 5mm Green LEDs Ten 5mm Blue LEDs Ten 5mm Yellow LEDs Two 5mm RGB LEDs Ten 220 ohm Resistors Ten 1K ohm Resistors Ten 10K ohm Resistors Five Push Button Switch One Potentiometer One Alphanumeric LCD (16x2 Characters) Two Photoresistors Two Temperature Sensors One Tilt Sensor One Servo Motor One 9V Battery Plug for Arduino
5 Piezo Buzzers (KPEG164) Additional Male to Male Jumper Wires DHT11 Temp + Humidity breakout board SR-04 Ultrasonic Sensor GY-30 BH1750 Light sensor Lux breakout board *
From other sources online and from some forum posts here it seems I would need to add:
-Large size breadboard -Additional Resistors -1k Ohm, 4.7kOhm, 10kOhm, 100kOhm ** -Capacitors -100 uf -0.1 uf -Diodes -1N4148 -1N4001 -Transistors -2N3906 PNP -2N3904 NPN -Mosfet IRF520 -Phototransistor -Potentiometer -10k trimpot, Breadboard friendly *** -Regulators (x1 each) -LDO 3.3 V **** -LDO 5 V **** -IC (x1 each) -555 timer -L293D H-bridge motor driver -Comparator LM339 -74HC14 Hex Inverting Schmitt Trigger -Etc -Op-amp LM358 -Small DC motor
Please advise me on what parts should I change, add or remove to this list before I buy them from my Arduino sources in Singapore *****. Thanks!
- This sensor breakout isn’t working well for me. I’m confused as to how to use this with my Arduino Mega clone, even after looking at tutorials on this online
** These values weren’t included in my kit and these values seem to be used in many projects as well. I’ve heard of resistor kits that have 1% 1/4W or E6/12 assortments in them but I feel it might be too many for me to use… or not?
*** The one in my kit doesn’t fit on to my breadboard too well. It looks like the one in the attachment but the blue, breadboard friendly potentiometers with an arrow on the knob that my school uses as well in teaching Arduino seems a better choice for my projects.
**** I’m not sure of the exact part numbers/codes for these.
***** Most parts can be acquired locally here in Singapore but if there is a necessity to order parts not available here I will order them from Sparkfun, etc if ultimately neccessary.