programmer not responding

I am new to arduino and have gotten more than half way through the starter kit book. I was trying to figure out how to work the "touchy-feely lamp" when I started getting an error:

avrdude: stk500_recv(): programmer is not responding

Sometimes it also says it cannot upload to the board.

I tried uploading the basic "blink" sketch just to see if it was the sketch, but the "blink" shows the same errors.

I have tried reseting the board multiple times.

Please help! I have to use this for a school project and I am running low on time.

Thank you!