Have been having the urge of teaching yourself some electronic skills after school or over the summer break? Here is a guide of what you will expect in your starter package. Arduino is basically an electronic platform whose working principle is reliant on the hardware and software aspect. It is usually designed for computer and technology lovers who would want to explore the new evolution of technology. Arduino is therefore important for artists, designers, and even musicians. The following are the necessary parts of the Arduino starter kit.
Wires Arduino Starter Kit
Have you been facing a challenge of how to explore in computer programming and electronics? Then worry no more. I have shared below some of the tips for building a DIY Arduino on Arduino board. This guide is meant for anyone who wants to learn how to solder their own Arduino from arduino starter kit. The Arduino starter kit contains essential tricks and tips for Arduino entry beginners. In this kit different Arduino components have been listed together with their functions. Let us take a look at some these tricks and tips I have experienced when using the Arduino starter kit.
- The first step for any beginner is soldering a mini USB connector. A mini USB connector is used to power Arduino. The mini USB socket comes first because the board is flipped after its installation.The mini set of 2 pins are bend slightly to face the front of the Arduino board.
- The next pieces are the pin headers. Female headers have 6 pinsx2, 10pins x1 and 8 pins x2 and a male header of 3×2 are necessary. These headers are soldered on the board using a similar procedure of USB connector. Pin headers should be inserted perpendicularly into the board. To achieve this, one pin of the header is soldered while holding it with your hand and melting the header again to reposition it. Other pins are then soldered while maintaining the perpendicular position.
- Soldering IC socket is another step to go in. All components are inserted into the Arduino board. They are bend to the side to prevent them from falling when flipping over. Start by soldering the 28 pin socket.
- Soldering resistors in the next step to go in. These components are not polarised and therefore, it not matter in the way they are placed. For limiting the LED current, two 1K ohm resistors are used whereas a 10k ohm is put on the reset line. The 1k ohm resistor is chosen because it makes LEDs act as an indicator rather than a flashlight.
- There are 2 LEDs on the Arduino starter kit. One is used as a power indicator while the other one is used on pin 13 on the board. They arrive with RGB LED with four terminals. The LEDs are used to create displays. The positive terminal on LEDs is usually longer whereas the negative can be flat and shorter.
- Other components include a potentiometer, shift register, dot matrix and LCD, transistors, push buttons, jumpers, Piezo buzzer, rotary encoder, and a slide switch.
- Conductors or wires are important for conveying signals and power. The wires should be insulated for safety purposes. The wires usually come in a number of colors, for instance, yellow, red, blue and black among others.
Arduino Uno Board
Being a beginner, you be required to make circuits between the Arduino Uno board and the breadboard. With the help of a USB cable, a program is created from a computer. The program will then run on Arduino via circuits linked to it from the Arduino breadboard. For example, if you are playing music, you will notice some flashing light accompanied by a tune. In the case of a beginner, the Arduino Uno substitutes the Arduino boards.
A USB cable is necessary to make connections between your personal computer or laptop and the Arduino board.
This is a chip element used to make circuits without the use of soldering wires. It consists of a plastic sheet with drilled holes on top and a metal plate underneath. Jumpers and other electronic components are inserted into these holes.5 holes and middle rows are normally connected. The outer holes are used as common power lines.
This is usually light emitting diodes that vary in colors such as red, green and white. They arrive with RGB LED with 4 terminals. The LEDs are used to create displays. The positive terminal on LEDs is usually longer in length whereas the negative can be flat and shorter.
Capacitors are used to store and discharge electrical energy.
Its measures tilt and acceleration in three coordinates. It is therefore used to measure distance, side movements, and abrupt start off and stopping of components.
It is used to develop the torque for spinning, motion or running a conveyor system.
Other components include a potentiometer, shift register, dot matrix and LCD display, transistors, push buttons, jumpers, Piezo buzzer, rotary encoder, slide switch and resistors.
From this useful information about Arduino starter kit, I can heartily and strongly recommend anyone interested in technology and computer programming to purchase an Arduino starter kit and wade in.