Welcome to all

Course Outline and Schedule:


  • In groups of 2 or 3 you will be doing a major project.
  • See course outline for times and dates. Early weeks discuss ideas and form groups, then Project Idea is due late Sept, plans due early Oct.
  • The last 1/3 of the class will be mostly focused on your projects. The last 4 Lab times will be totally spent on your projects.
  • There will be a show at the end of the class where you will demonstrate your projects for any and all who come to see them.

Possible Project Ideas (You may propose others)

  • Sorting a falling stream of colored candy
  • Balancing scooter with Arduino
  • Wheeled robot with CMU Cam4 to follow a bright object
  • Cavendish Experiment control and output
  • Balancing stick with good mechanics and better sensors (CMU Cam4?)
  • Leap Motion camera reading gestures to control a robotic arm (raspberry Pi)
  • Air quality monitor w GPS. Drive around the county to find sources
  • Interactive exhibits: Sensing movement, sound, light by people the exhibit produces sounds or light displays (including Electro Luminescent tubes)
  • Laser beam patterns controlled by something
  • Robot w webcam controlled by Rasberry Pi
  • Quad or Tri copter controlled (Stabilized) by arduino
  • Assemble a 3-D Printer and do something with it (vocal tracts?)
  • Sound triggered light “rocks”

Places to find ideas

Programming Texts and Resources

Arduino Language Reference Page

Programming Arduino: Getting Started with Sketches -Simon Monk $15
Very beginning level. Meant for those with no programming experience. Short and simple

Beginning Arduino Programming -Brian Evans $40
Also for those with no programming experience. Many more topics and more complete.

Beginning C for Arduino -Jack Purdum $40
Better choice for those with some experience in another language. Very professorial. Goes more into principles of programming.

C Primer Plus -Stephen Prata $50
Huge reference book about C (but not C++) I keep a copy of this around. It has none of the particulars about the Arduino.

Electronics Texts and Resources

Practical Electronics for Inventors 3rd Ed. -Paul Scherz and Simon Monk $40 ($21 Amazon )
Excellent reference electronics and even includes some Arduino. Some parts written as a text, most is written as a reference.

The Art of Electronics 2nd Ed. -Horowitz and Hill ($100 Amazon)
The great standard of the last generation. Still very useful especially if you have basic electronics knowledge and want to learn more.

Other Resources

Arduino Home Page

Adafruit Great supplier of Arduino, electronics and mechanical parts

Sparkfun Great supplier of Arduino, electronics and mechanical parts

Arduino Uno



Programming Arduino


Turns on an LED on for one second, then off for one second, repeatedly.

This example code is in the public domain.
// Pin 13 has an LED connected on most Arduino boards.
// give it a name:
int led = 13;

// the setup routine runs once when you press reset:
void setup() {
// initialize the digital pin as an output.
pinMode(led, OUTPUT);

// the loop routine runs over and over again forever:
void loop() {
digitalWrite(led, HIGH); // turn the LED on (HIGH is the voltage level)
delay(1000); // wait for a second
digitalWrite(led, LOW); // turn the LED off by making the voltage LOW
delay(1000); // wait for a second

Breadboard and Wiring