What is Arduino?
Arduino is a credit-card-sized, programmable microcontroller that can read sensors and will turn on lights, run motors, and more, based on the code you write. Want to see the Arduino in action? Click here for a YouTube playlist of some of our favorite projects!
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Arduino at the Library!
An introduction for kids and teens (ages 10-18) and families! Write code, invent & interact with your environment with Arduino. Have you ever wanted to learn the basics of writing code or building small electronics? Arduino is a credit-card-sized, programmable micro-controller that can read sensors and will turn on lights, run motors, and more, based on the code you write. Once you know the basics, the possibilities are endless! Learn more at this hands-on session. Space is limited, call the number listed to register.
Wednesday, June 21 | 9:15-10:45 am | Central Library | 448-5846
Wednesday, July 12 | 9:15-10:45 am | Central Library | 448-5846
Thursday, July 13 | 6-7:30 pm | Central Library | 448-5846
Tuesday, July 25 | 1:30-3:00 pm | Southwest Branch | 492-4910
Wednesday, August 9 | 9:15-10:45 am | Central Library | 448-5846
For kids and teens ages 10-18 who have attended an Arduino at the Library event – build new projects and learn more about coding at Arduino Club! We begin with 45 minutes of guided projects to expand on our Arduino knowledge. If you’ve already attended a club with the scheduled guided projects, come for the second 45 minutes for open play with our kits and extra electronic components. You can come with ideas or we’ll help you find a project to try. Have a project that you built at home? Bring it in and show off your creation! Space is limited; call 448-5846 to register for one or both halves of an Arduino Club session.
Wednesday, July 26 | Central Library | Call 448-5846 to register.
Guided Project: 9:15 – 10:00 am
Open Play: 10:00 – 10:45 am
DC motors can be found everywhere from remote control cars to CD players. Using Arduino and toy DC motors we’ll learn how to change the rotation speed and direction, which will open up a whole new world of projects!
Thursday, July 27 | Central Library | Call 448-5846 to register.
Guided Project: 6:00-6:45 pm
Open Play: 6:45-7:30 pm
Piezos (also called buzzers or speakers) can be used to make noises or sense pressure. Learn how to play music using code, create a unique musical instrument and sense knocks, all with a tiny piezo and Arduino board!
Tuesday, August 22 | Southwest Branch | Call 492-4910 to register.
Guided Project: 1:30-2:15 pm
Open Play: 2:15-3:00 pm
RGB (red, green, blue) LEDs can display almost any color in the rainbow, all from one tiny LED bulb! We’ll learn how to light up in many different colors and create a vibrant “mood light” that turns on when the lights are dimmed in a room.
Wednesday, August 23 | Central Library | Call 448-5846 to register.
Guided Project: 9:15-10:00 am
Open Play: 10:00-10:45 am
Remember the classic memory game “Simon Says”? Using just a few LEDs, pushbuttons, and buzzer, we’ll recreate this game with Arduino!
Library Event Code & Diagrams
Introduction to Arduino [.pdf]
RGB LED [.pdf]
Arduino Glossary & Diagram [.pdf]
Buy an Arduino and related components
Jameco Electronics (components)
Official Adruino Resources
Project Ideas & How To’s
Instructables: Hundreds of great Arduino project ideas with easy to follow instructions
Jeremy Blum’s Arduino Tutorials: Beginner tutorial videos by engineer/hacker Jeremy Blum
Sparkfun – What is an Arduino?: Sparkfun’s introductory tutorial
Sylvia’s Super Awesome Maker Show: Sylvia has lots of maker projects, but check out this specific episode for a few simple Arduino projects.
YouTube: Search for “Arduino” to get thousands of videos with tutorials & projects
All About Circuits: Information about electronics for both students and hobbyists
123D Circuits: Test out your projects beforehand by building prototypes in this web-based tool