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.

In addition, using the StrengthsQuest assessment, participants learn their top 5 most dominant strengths, and they use their strengths to work more effectively in teams while learning to use the Arduino technology. In every activity, one participant serves as an "observer" on each team to observe, recognize and appreciate the interaction of individual strengths among other team members.

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.

2016 Arduino Academy photo gallery.


April 22, 2017
San Diego City College

7:30 am  Sign-in Room S-214
8:00  Welcome and Introductions
8:10  StrengthsQuest Training
  • Review of strengths
  • Strengths scavenger hunt
10:00  Arduino Introduction and Training
  • Overview - applications of Arduino technology
  • Hands-on teamwork - design, build, program and test several basic circuits from a collection of 15 Arduino projects
12:00 pm  Lunch
12:45  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

Sample Arduino Academy Materials

Sample StrengthsQuest Handouts