Moonbase Otago - Dunedin Arduino project

Moonbase Otago - Dunedin Arduino project

Introduction

This is a private project of Paul Campbell - we're giving away cheap Arduino clone microcontrollers to Dunedin school kids this year (2015).

Thanks to those at Dunedin Makerspace, especially Luke, who've helped to put together kits

Getting started

Welcome - chances are you've come here because you were given an Arduino kit - or are planning on attending a workshop where we will give you one.

If you want to get started now hunt down a USB A-B cable that looks like this:

there are lots of them around, one comes with almost every printer and then is often thrown away. Ask around someone will have one.

Next download the free Arduino software from http://www.arduino.cc/en/Main/Software and install it on your computer. You should be able to plug the USB cable into your computer and into your new Arduino, the computer will provide power to the Arduino. If you have a Windows or Mac you may have to install drivers - these instructions may help:

Components

What's in the kit?

This section will eventually talk about all the components in the kits and show examples of how to use them.

Getting help

Paul helps run Dunedin Makerspace it's open most Saturday afternoons from 1pm-5pm and you can usually find him there (check the DSpace calendar to make sure). You can mail him at paul@taniwha.com - we will likely create a mailing list in the near future

Who gets kits?

Paul is giving them out free to any kid in Dunedin who will actually do something with it, at least until the end of 2015.

If you're going to take one home and then put it on the shelf and never use it there's not much point in giving you one. So we're asking adults to recommend kids who will actually do something with the kits - we don't really care what - build a green house and control the temperature, make a data logger that counts how many times a day your gold fish goes around its bowl, a robot, an animated sign - anything is great! And please show us what you've done - we'd love to show off your project here.

Notes for teachers

Most of the parts in the kits were bought from http://www.aliexpress.com class set sized orders are likely to get similar sorts of prices here's a list of places I bought parts, note that prices and availability will change, search around for better deals, make sure you get the free shipping

Links

How to guides, ideas, cool stuff:

Where to buy things: