Arduino Academy

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What is an Arduino?

Arduino is a programmable circuit board that can be used for thousands of different projects and applications.  Arduino boards can be programmed to convert inputs – light on a sensor, a finger on a button, or a Twitter message, into outputs – activating a motor, turning on an LED, publishing something online, etc.  More importantly, Arduinos are inexpensive, and they only require hardware and software that is easy to-use by anyone from beginners to advanced users.  Join the Arduino revolution, and free your mind to invent new and exciting applications for Arduinos!

Arduino Academy: The Plan

The Academy provides step-by-step training for getting started with Arduinos.  Participants work in 3-person teams to learn how to design, build, program and test Arduino projects, and teams will be challenged to combine basic projects to create more advanced projects.

In addition, participants will learn "Interview 101" tips to effectively share their team experience during an interview.

Arduino teams include students from pre-college (San Diego & Imperial Valley), community college (San Diego City College & Southwestern College) and university (SDSU) MESA Programs. The Academy is designed for up to 50 MESA students. Other MESA students with Arduino experience and industry professionals also serve as Academy mentors.

Arduino Academy photo gallery: 2018, 2017, and 2016


April 21, 2018
San Diego City College

8:00 am  Sign-in Room S-214
8:30 Welcome and Introductions
8:40 Arduino Introduction and Training
  • Overview - applications of Arduino technology
  • Hands-on teamwork
    • Basic: Design, build, program and test several basic circuits from a collection of 15 Arduino projects
    • Challenge: Combine basic circuits to create a more advanced Arduino project
11:15 Interview 101: How will you measure up?
11:45 Lunch/Professional Panel
12:45 pm Team Reports & Reflections
1:30  Closing

Arduino Software

It is recommended that Academy participants bring along a laptop pre-loaded with the following Arduino software & codes:
  1. Download and install the Arduino open source software
  2. Download the Sparkfun codes for Arduino

Arduino Learning Resources

The following resources are recommended for review prior to participation in the Academy:
  1. Guide to the SparkFun Inventor’s Kit for Arduino, including 15 sample circuits
  2. The Absolute Beginner’s Guide to Arduino
  3. Instructables: Sample Arduino Projects
  4. Arduino Create: Home and Project Hub

Sample Arduino Academy Materials