Arduino Tutorial Learn Electronics using Arduino!

So, I get two or three emails a day, all basically asking the same thing: "Where can I learn about electronics?" In general, most of these people have seen some of my projects and want to be able to build similar things. Unfortunately, I have never been able to point them to a good site that really takes the reader through a solid introduction to microcontrollers and basic electronics.


Goes well with: Arduino Starter Pack and a nice Merlot

I designed this tutorial course to accompany the Arduino starter pack sold at the Adafruit webshop. The pack contains all the components you need (minus any tools) for the lessons

Lesson Plan

Follow these lessons for happiness and prosperity.


Here are some recommended tools:

Multimeter/Oscilloscope A meter is helpful to check voltages and continuity.

Check out my recommended basic multimeter and where to buy.

Flush/diagonal cutters. Great for cutting component leads and wires.

Check out my recommended basic diagonal cutters and where to buy.

Wire strippers very handy for making wire jumpers!

Check out my recommended basic wire strippers and where to buy.

If you need to get any soldering done, you may also want....

Soldering iron. One with temperature control and a stand is best. A conical or small 'screwdriver' tip is good, almost all irons come with one of these.

A low quality (ahem, $10 model from radioshack) iron may cause more problems than its worth!

Do not use a "ColdHeat" soldering iron, they are not suitable for delicate electronics work and can damage the kit (see here)

Check out my recommended basic soldering iron and where to buy.

Solder. Rosin core, 60/40. Good solder is a good thing. Bad solder leads to bridging and cold solder joints which can be tough to find. Dont buy a tiny amount, you'll run out when you least expect it. A quarter pound spool is a good amount.

Check out my recommended basic solder and where to buy.

Share and Enjoy!

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Credits and other links

To some extent, the structure of the material borrows from:

The impressively good "What's a microcontroller?" book (& now PDF) by Parallax. It's for BASIC Stamps but is still a good read even if you don't plan to use Stamps.

"Spooky Arduino" - Todbot's excellent (if fast-paced!) class on Arduino projects for Halloween.

April 27, 2012 11:17