Lesson 0 – Setting up the Arduino IDE
- In this tutorial we will focus on setting up the Arduino for use with our preferred coding software.
- Let’s get started with the setup process.
- Download the Arduino IDE from the following link – https://www.arduino.cc/en/Main/Software
- Click on the following link to open up the tutorial – <Setup Arduino IDE>
- If you are keen to learn more about the Arduino IDE and the various setup options available head over to –
- Sparkfun’s website – https://learn.sparkfun.com/tutorials/installing-arduino-ide
- Clicking on the each of the above links will open them up a new window.
- Before you proceed to the next tutorial in this series please make sure you have completed the following tasks –
- Downloaded and installed the Arduino IDE
- Are able to connect to the Arduino IDE from your computer
- Have been successful in uploading a simple (e.g. Blink LED’s) example programs (that comes with the Arduino IDE) onto your Arduino UNO board
- Once you’ve sorted all of the above you are ready to move onto the next tutorial.
This development track requires an investment a bit of hardware. See below for details –
- Arduino IDE –
- You will need to download and install the Arduino development IDE.
- The approach to installation, configuration, setup of the Arduino IDE is covered in our tutorials.
- Arduino Uno, Sensors, etc. –
- You will need to purchase the Super Learning Kit for Arduino from OzToyLib.
- The Arduino Advent kit has all the sensors you need to perform the tutorials covered in this development track.
- If you do not have an Arduino Uno or Arduino Mega 2560 you might want to head over to Arduino boards and pick one up now.
The Super Starter Kit for the Arduino kit has all the sensors you need to perform the tutorials covered in this development track.
About the Super Learning Kit for Arduino
This is a magical tool kit with various components inside for prototyping, making and learning which will help you get started on your STEM learning journey focused on the Arduino. It includes 22 lessons, each containing the circuit connection, principles, Fritzing images and code explanations for you to learn basics of electronics through the Arduino. In addition to providing detailed tutorials the manuals also provide an overview of the relevant components used for each of the tutorials. The Super Starter kit for the Arduino offers a great opportunity to explore the world of electronics. Interact with the real world through the various sensors, create innovative projects, learn how to program the Arduino to read data from the sensors and perform certain actions. The starter kit for the Arduino is a great way to dive into the awesome world of electronics and get started with your own STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) learning journey.
The Arduino advanced study kit walks you through the basics of using the Arduino in a hands-on way. You’ll learn the fundamentals of electronics and working on the Arduino through building several creative projects. The kit includes a selection of the most common and useful electronic components with a book of ~17 projects. Starting the basics of electronics, to more complex projects, the kit will get you interacting with the physical world using sensor and actuators. Along with the kit you get access to detailed tutorials and wiring diagrams.
You can purchase the SunFounder Super Starter Kit for the Arduino from OzToyLib.
About the Arduino UNO
The Arduino UNO is the most used and documented board of the whole Arduino family and very easy to setup, play with. The Arduino UNO is a microcontroller board based on the ATmega328 . The Arduino UNO has 14 digital input/output pins (of which 6 can be used as PWM outputs), 6 analog inputs, a 16 MHz ceramic resonator, a USB connection, a power jack, an ICSP header, and a reset button. Here’s a listing of the some of the features of the Arduino UNO –
- Microcontroller: ATmega328
- Operating Voltage: 5V
- Input Voltage (recommended): 7-12V
- Input Voltage (limits): 6-20V
- Digital I/O Pins: 14 (of which 6 provide PWM output)
- Analog Input Pins: 6
- DC Current per I/O Pin: 40 mA
- DC Current for 3.3V Pin: 50 mA
- Flash Memory: 32 KB of which 0.5 KB used by bootloader
- SRAM: 2 KB (ATmega328)
- EEPROM: 1 KB (ATmega328)
- Clock Speed: 16 MHz
Arduino is an open-source, prototyping platform and its simplicity makes it ideal for hobbyists to use as well as professionals. The Arduino UNO contains everything needed to support the microcontroller; simply connect it to a computer with a USB cable or power it with a AC-to-DC adapter or battery to get started. The Arduino UNO differs from all preceding boards in that it does not use the FTDI USB-to-serial driver chip. Instead, it features the Atmega8U2 microcontroller chip programmed as a USB-to-serial converter. “Uno” means one in Italian and is named to mark the upcoming release of Arduino 1.0. The Arduino Uno and version 1.0 will be the reference versions of Arduno, moving forward. The Uno is the latest in a series of USB Arduino boards, and the reference model for the Arduino platform.
You can read more about the Arduino here – www.arduino.cc.