What Is in Your Kit?
You have a little box of goodies for the course. Here is a list of the important things that you should have.
- Arduino Uno
- USB cable
- 9V power supply
- DC power adapter (2.1mm to screw terminal)
- Some jumper wires
- Alligator clip cables
- LDR (light sensor)
- Momentary push buttons
- Resistors (different values)
- Capacitors (different values)
- Small signal diodes 1N4148
- Schottky diodes 1N5819
- Bipolar junction transistors PN2222
- Darlington transistor TIP120
- Diffused Neopixel RGB LEDs
- 7805 – 5V Voltage Regulator
- 555 – Timer Chip
- L293D – Dual H-Bridge Motor Driver
- 40106 – Schmitt Trigger Inverter
- 4017 – Decade Counter
- 4093 – Quad 2-Input NAND Schmitt Trigger
One of the assignments for the course is a soldering exercise. You will get the parts and a PCB for making a Cocomake board. It is an ATtiny85 based circuit that uses capacitive sensing as an input and appears to the computer as USB device (keyboard or MIDI device).
- A Cocomake PCB
- USB connector
We will go through some common concepts, components, and tools:
- Some fundamental concepts of working with electronics
- Tools (breadboard, multimeter)
- Components (resistors, LEDs etc.)
I have been using Fritzing to draw most of our circuits in a breaboard view. It is great for simple things, but anything more complicated gets a little bit difficult to illustrate. Therefore, we should learn how to read schematics.