Arduino 101: Introduction to Arduinos and Programming

Get started with the Arduino platform: make lights blink, and send messages to and from your computer

About this Event

Get started with the Arduino platform: make lights blink, and send messages to and from your computer.

For absolute beginners, to existing programmers that want to get started with hardware. Open to all ages.

The class will provide an Arduino board and basic components that you can take home!

A starter pack of basic Arduino components will be available for sale at the end of the class for those who would like to continue playing with the Arduino platform.

Bringing a laptop is suggested, with the Arduino platform installed (, although several laptops are available for use if needed.

After this class, students will be prepared for Arduino 102, where different uses for Arduino will be demonstrated and experimented with.

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Arduino Workshop


This workshop is for anyone who has never played around with Arduino before and those who have played around a little bit but aren’t entirely sure about how the basics work. It’s easier than you think!

We will put together basic single component electrical circuits, learn about analog and digital, input and output, basic programming concepts, practice very basic Serial communication, and briefly cover basic virtual prototyping.

In case you haven’t noticed the key word here is “basic.”

Students will create three simple circuits highlighting analog and digital forms of input and output. Get started with the Arduino programming environment; briefly discuss programming and virtual prototyping.

Concepts that will be covered include:

  • Using a breadboard
  • Ohm’s Law
  • Digital and Analog
  • Input and Output
  • Arduino programming environment basics
  • Serial Monitor usage with text, variables and pin states

The $99 workshop fee includes a Sparkfun Inventor’s Kit students get to take home afterward; the kit normally sells online for $99.95.  Members of Lowell Makes may participate in the workshop for $75.

To ensure adequate instructor-student engagement, this workshop is limited to 12 students.  Please register using the form below.

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