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    APSC 150 Tut 1.4 (Jan 2013)

    This is an archived page for APSC 150 tutorials held in Jan 2013.  For updated info, check back on the main page.

    Material for Teacher W orkshop (2013 May 10) – Parts Inventory and Activities

    Installing Arduino software on Windows 8:



    Click here for info on the Reading Week 2013 (2013 February) »


    Open Lab Times during Reading Week 2013 are listed below.   Sessions will be in the Hebb 31 at the times listed below.


    We will put out all of the equipment used for the Microcontroller Tutorial in APSC 150.     You are invited to come out and go through the sessions yourself, or to come back and use the equipment again.

    • Students currently in APSC 160. ____There was prototyping talk in APSC 150 last term –  here is one using electronics microcontrollers!      We will supply the same equipment used in APSC 150 tutorials in January 2013.  In one 2-hour tutorial, most pairs of students were able get through the majority of the exercises below, and most were able to start combining sensors, buzzers and motors into a single operating unit.
    • Students currently in APSC 150 ____You’ve already used the equipment once, this gives you more time to explore the kits and try different combinations out.     There may be some other sensors and anctuators available during the sessions as well (accelerometers, flexible sensors, etc), and there are a whole bunch of exercises you can do yourself, like:
    • You may register for more than 1 timeslot ____Go right ahead, this is just so we know roughly how many people to expect to come at any given time.
    • You can bring out anyone you want ____They don’t have to be Engineering Students, or even first-year students.  Just register them below.
    • Equipment yes, but not much help provided ____Although you will have access to all the gear listed below, we aren’t able to provide much technical guidance.    One volunteer will be in the room, but otherwise you are left with access to equipment and the videos below.

    Look below to see what sessions work for your schedule, and select a time to let us know you’re coming.   There is no fee for the session.

    For further information, contact Jon Nakane (




    Uno R3

    A Hands-On Introduction to the Arduino Prototyping Platform


    (originally run on January 16/17/18, 2013)




    Download Software here

    Layout of CEME 2206 during the lab (PDF)


    Did you get your kit? (1 per team)

    It is recommended to work in teams of two.

    List of all things in your Arduino kit (PDF)

    Note about dangers to equipment when working with Arduino boards (PDF)


    Watch Clips – Do Things – Pause As Needed

    Don’t rush it. Take your time. Do it right.

    (1) Introduction to the Arduino board

    (2) Download and install software and drivers for Windows7 …….Apple OSX …….Linux…….Windows8

    (3) Ensure communication with your Arduino board

    (4) A first look at Arduino software sketches

    (5) Working with a breadboard and external components

    (6) Attach your first external component, an LED

    (7) Using the Arduino serial monitor


    If you still have time after watching and doing  these clips, look over the schematics below.

    Choose one of the schematics and build the described circuit:

    Go to the front and pick the corresponding part from the bins labeled “Extras”, then implement it with your Arduino.


    Schematics for:

    Some of the parts shown here are included with your kits.

    A limited number of all other parts is located in the “Extras” bins.


    Combine components to build your own creation

    • only add one more extra part at a time, to implement it.
    • make your own program to have parts interact
    • beware of conflicts with parts trying to use the same pins
    • if you decide to not use a part, return it to the front so others can use it


    Search the web to find code, ideas, and inspiration

    Make sure to have time left towards the end to show your work to an instructor, and for clean-up.

    Dismantle and sort everything as described on the Arduino Kit List. Parts not on the list go back to the “Extras” bins.


    Buy Arduino and explore comparable systems


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