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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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Created by John Missikos
Last updated 11/2016
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What Will I Learn?
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
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  • 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

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!


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
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Curriculum For This Course
Expand All 19 Lectures Collapse All 19 Lectures 01:23:30
1 Lecture 01:48

Identify what projects you can make with an Arduino

Preview 01:48
Lay of the Land
2 Lectures 07:12
  • Identify what makes up an Arduino
  • Understand the different Arduinos available
Preview 07:12

Identify the parts of the Arduino
3 questions

A quick list of the parts we will be using later

Shopping List
1 page
Installing the Software
3 Lectures 02:49
  • Install the software and ready to go!
Connecting it to a Computer

Here we learn how to install the Arduino software on Windows

Install on Windows

Here we learn how to install the Arduino software on Mac

Install on Mac
Code Introduction
2 Lectures 10:42

Get started with the Arduino programming environment

My first upload

  • Understand the programming environment
  • You will be able to identify main features in code
Intro to Code - Flashing a LED
3 Lectures 13:56

Practically understand the wiring of an external LED

Breadboards and Jumper Wires, a practical intro

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

Components to diagrams

Learn how computers see the world, and how you can talk in their language 01001000 01100101 01101100 01101100 01101111 00100000 01110011 01101101 01100001 01110010 01110100 01101001 01100101

Inputs, Outputs, Analog and Digital
Controlling an Output (Actuators)
2 Lectures 18:32
  • Add sound to your project
Preview 06:43

Coloured Lighting!
Reading inputs (Sensors)
2 Lectures 15:17
  • Understand inputs and how a button can be used
Intro to inputs with a button example

Ultrasonic sensors and the Serial Monitor
Your Project - Bringing it together
2 Lectures 10:02
  • Understand how to break a project down on paper
Break down a project

  • Combine your distance sensor and light to make a useful project
Build it back up
1 Lecture 00:53
  • Thank you and good night
1 Lecture 01:19

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

Reading Resistors
About the Instructor
4.3 Average rating
34 Reviews
1,684 Students
1 Course
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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