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Introduction to Arduino

Looking to get started in electronics?

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If you're looking to get started in electronics, or maybe just want to explore Arduino for the first time, we have the class for you. Check it out - the Introduction to Arduino Class.

Meet your instructors (from left to right): Tim, Lindz, Dave, Rob, and Michelle.

This class, held on Saturday, February 26th from 10 AM to 5 PM, is truly designed with the beginner in mind, but can help you take the next step if you are just getting going with Arduino. During the class, you'll put together several circuits and learn the ins and outs of basic embedded electronics. Held here at SparkFun headquarters, the class is hosted by a slew of SparkFun employees who have certificates in Arduino (ok, I made that up, but they do know what they are doing).

You'll leave with your very own SparkFun Inventor's Kit.

So come check it out! In 7 hours time, you will have the tools, knowledge, and resources to really get going on your very own Arduino projects. Hope to see you out there!

Comments 33 comments

  • Yea, any group that can float on air must be looked up to as instructors.

  • Is there a cheap and recommended place to stay Friday and Saturday night for who is considering flying to Colorado for the class and a little sightseeing?

  • Will the instructors levitate during the class?

  • Dave looks the best in the picture, if only his feet weren't slightly pointed down.
    Cool class guys.

  • I will add my thoughts about an on-line class. If you sold the online class and it included the inventors kit with a login id to a secure website, you get the best of both worlds. For those who don't need the inventors kit, you could provide a cheaper option. This would greatly expand your reach.
    Having said that, I am lucky in that I have access to MicroCode Studio Plus as well as a programmer for PIC Micro devices. Since I can PIC up a PIC for about 4 bucks, I like this option over the Arduino. I would really like to see one of these done for the PIC. I couldn't go to Colorado for it so online would be a must :-)

  • Please make this class available as a podcast or video

  • So can we assume the inventor kits will be back in stock by then? :-/

    • backorder is allowed - i think they said they get a lot of shipments in so the stuff gets sent out to backorders before they become "in stock" on the website.

  • Wait a second!
    There's less snow in CO than we've got on Long Island!!

    • Right now, all of our snow is melting in Alberta! (Canada, eh!)
      My sled-dogs are starting to get stuck in the slush.

  • Lol I was wondering what was up with the pony tail on the right until I realized you were all jumping.

  • I would be willing to pay to view these classes in video form, especially if filmed well so that we could see all the tiny details on the electronics (where to connect, etc.).

  • Another thought, can you please take video of the class (edit it to remove pauses in the action) and make it available online after the fact for those of us that are mail order customers only (too far to travel). Maybe some day you guys will tour your classes to other parts of the country.

    • I also wish these were online. I know it takes a few more people and costs Sparkfun money to do that, but man, I've learned so much from your tutorials already and its what keeps me buying from you! If there were more content, it would be awesome, and recording already-planned content has got to be cheaper than creating other new content, if that makes sense.
      You'll make back the costs guys!
      Or put up a class on Udemy called something like "Sparkfun University" and charge ~$10 per person for access. Then just add "lectures" (videos) as they come, and anyone that paid could have continued access. I feel like that could be big!

    • Or what about an online video class?
      At the minimum, stream the class in real-time and have a locked IRC channel or something for people to ask questions, etc.

    • A couple of thoughts. Much of the class cost is the included inventor's kit.
      Possible benefits of sharing the video for free: <br />
      - More people see how easy it is to get started<br />
      - More people are motivated to travel to Colorado to enjoy other classes up-close and personal<br />
      - More people purchase cool Sparkfun products<br />

    • I agree - but people usually pay to take the class - so why would they want to pay anymore if they could just watch it online for free?
      good thought but could be implemented as an online paid subscription deal.. i guess.
      who knows.

      • They would want to pay because hands-on means having the mistakes you make corrected, so you can move forward and not get stuck.
        (oh the red wire is +)

    • Add another vote for that!

    • I second that idea

  • I love the photo of the instructors!

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