Learn to make interactive work with Arduino

Capture peoples attention effectively using interactive electronics. Learn to make your own custom interactive installs
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  • Lectures 19
  • Length 1.5 hours
  • Skill Level All Levels
  • Languages English
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About This Course

Published 8/2015 English

Course Description

I take you from woe to go! Get started with electronics and making interactive media quickly. In this course I show you how to get up and running on the Arduino platform so you can make your own projects to interact with the world.

Colourful lights? TICK!

Potential robot overlords? BETTER BELIEVE IT!

Automate garden watering? IF THE OVERLORDS SAY SO!

Learn the basics and move up the ladder quickly exploring the exciting and useful world of electronics with this course. You will learn the components and how to break down components so you can be self sufficient.

This course is for people that are interested in interactive media and people that want to learn the basis for electronics. We quickly move onto projects allowing you to put the skills you have learnt to the test.

Remember, I am always here to help you though your project and answer questions along the way!

So lets get started!


What are the requirements?

  • Know computer basics
  • Download Arduino software, we will go through this in the course
  • Purchase an Arduino board, we will also go though selection in the course
  • No need for an Arduino if you want to just follow along

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Understand what Arduino is about, by doing!
  • Quickly understand the building blocks to make your own projects
  • Create an interactive proximity warning device, useful for parking your car and learning core concepts in a project based approach

Who is the target audience?

  • This course is for beginners who want a soft introduction to Arduino, what it can do, and to get up to speed quickly while creating cool projects.
  • Artists who are interested in adding interactivity to their work
  • Programmers that want to connect their code to the real world using sensors such as ultrasonic distance measurement and light indicators as a start.
  • NOT for seasoned professionals, more advanced topics are covered in another course

What you get with this course?

Not for you? No problem.
30 day money back guarantee.

Forever yours.
Lifetime access.

Learn on the go.
Desktop, iOS and Android.

Get rewarded.
Certificate of completion.


Section 1: Introduction

Identify what projects you can make with an Arduino

Section 2: Lay of the Land
  • Identify what makes up an Arduino
  • Understand the different Arduinos available
Identify the parts of the Arduino
3 questions
1 page

A quick list of the parts we will be using later

Section 3: Installing the Software
  • Install the software and ready to go!

Here we learn how to install the Arduino software on Windows



Here we learn how to install the Arduino software on Mac


Section 4: Code Introduction

Get started with the Arduino programming environment

  • Understand the programming environment
  • You will be able to identify main features in code
Section 5: Electronics

Practically understand the wiring of an external LED


Understand the concepts of components and how they are represented in diagrams (schematics)


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Section 6: Controlling an Output (Actuators)
  • Add sound to your project
Coloured Lighting!
Section 7: Reading inputs (Sensors)
  • Understand inputs and how a button can be used
Ultrasonic sensors and the Serial Monitor
Section 8: Your Project - Bringing it together
  • Understand how to break a project down on paper
  • Combine your distance sensor and light to make a useful project
Section 9: Conclusion
  • Thank you and good night
Section 10: Further

With this lecture you will be able to read resistors by their colour

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Instructor Biography

John Missikos, Engineer and Inventor

I have always been more curious than a cat. After blowing up my TV as a kid, electrocuting myself taking apart a record player and trying every setting in on my computer to see what happened there was only one career for me, I became an engineer.

As an Electrical / Mechatronic engineer I have worked on mine sites, rigs and remote locations building control systems driving large compressors, medium pumps and tiny electronics.

My passion for inventing and teaching have led me to share what I know. I teach in person and online to inventors, artists, and hobbyists. I have built many items for people including a automatic cocktail machine, a physical Facebook like counter, and farm tracking equipment.

I am a big fan of the internet of things (IoT) and you will usually find me connecting everything to the internet. Feel free to say hi, I look forward to meeting you.

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