The Arduino is a small, cheap microcontroller that you can program with your home computer through a USB connection. It can read analog information from our world (light, temperature, motion, pressure, volume, etc), and use that data to respond in any way you choose. It can also act as the “conductor” of a symphony of varied electrical devices- telling them what to do, and when, where, and how to do it.
This class will teach you how to communicate with the Arduino and how to use its many input and output abilities to control motors, servos, lights, speakers, switches, and just about anything else you can think of. We will cover the basics of the Arduino programming language and some introductory electronics in order to maximize the applications of the Arduino platform.
This class does not require experience in either programming language or electronic circuits, although having some previous exposure to one or both would not hurt.
*The price of this class includes a $20 materials fee and provides prototyping components but DOES NOT include the Arduino board. Students must provide their own laptop, USB cable, and Arduino board (UNO, Duemilanove, or Leonardo model- available online and at Radio Shack).
David Sheinkopf taught in the NY school system for 10 years and spent the last 5 of those years developing a curriculum for teaching analog and digital electronics to high school students in order to prepare them for life in an increasingly-electrified world. Before teaching, Sheinkopf worked in a garage that specialized in vintage european sports cars making him as comfortable with a box wrench as he is with a soldering iron. His electronic work has been used by artists at MoMA, The Brooklyn Museum, the Red Hook Criterium, and in various gallery shows. His mechanical work can also be seen riding around New York on one of the many bikes he has serviced and sold at his underground bike shop in Red Hook, Brooklyn. David is currently the Director of Education at Pioneer Works in Brooklyn.