Arduino for Total Newbies Workshop – 3/3/2012 2-5pm @IMC

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Arduinos for Total Newbies:

Learn Arduino
using TV-B-Gone
as an example project


Happy total newbie hardware hackers learning Arduino

You’ve probably heard lots about Arduino. But if you don’t know what it is, or how you can use it to do all sorts of cool things, then this fun and easy workshop is for you. As an example project, we’ll be creating a TV-B-Gone remote control out of an Arduino you can take home with you.

This workshop will be given:
      2:00pm to 5pm on 3/3/2012 at the Independent Media Center, 202 S Broadway in downtown Urbana.

Limited to the first 50 people to show up! please arrive early!

Full Description:

Arduino is an amazingly powerful tool that is very simple to learn to use. It was designed so that artists and non-geeks can start from nothing, and make something cool happen in less than 90 minutes. Yet, it is powerful enough so that uber-geeks can use it for their projects as well.

This workshop is easy enough for total newbies to learn all you need to know to get going on an Arduino.

Taught by Mitch Altman. Participants will make their own Arduino clone, and set it up on solderless breadboards to make their own TV-B-Gone remote control to turn off TVs in public places — a fun way to learn Arduino (and electronics) basics. Bring your laptop, if you can.

Big thanks to Ken Shirriff, who came up with the original TV-B-Gone for Arduino.

Workshop Itinerary

  • We will start by learning to solder. Don’t let this scare you! I’ve taught well over 30,000 people to solder, most of whom have never made anything before in their lives. It is actually a very easy skill to learn. It is also very useful.

  • Then we will each make our own Arduino clone from a kit made by Ladyada: BoArduino.

  • Now that we each have our own Arduino, we will set up the free and open-source software on our laptops (if you bring one) — Windows, MacOS, or Linux are all fine!

  • And then its time to make something and learn how easy it is to use Aruino! You’ll put together your own TV-B-Gone remote control using your BoArduino. We will use a solderless breadboard. These are really useful, and provide a fast, and very easy way to put circuits together without needing to solder.

  • Target practice after the workshop is conveniently located across the street


What: Arduino workshop for newbies, using TV-B-Gone remote controls as an intro
When: This workshop will be on Saturday March 3, 2012 from 2-5pm.
Where: Independent Media Center, 202 S Broadway in downtown Urbana, 1st floor Sun Room
Who: Anyone and everyone can have fun learning Arduino. Ages 8 to 100
Cost: Instruction is free,
parts costs (if you want to make along with us and bring your Arduino TV-B-Gone home with you):

Bring your laptop if you want to go home with the free Arduino software installed on it.
Arduino software runs on Windows, MacOS and Linux.


TV-B-Gone website
Ardiuno website
Ken Shirriff’s TV-B-Gone Arduino project page
Ladyada’s BoArduino page