A one-week crash-course

…in electronics and programming. This is the kit we used for the course:

1602 LCD Servo Dot Matrix Breadboard LED Resistor UNO R3 Starter Kit for Arduino (eBay)

We did not use most of the advanced stuff in it. I also added a couple of components:

  • One solenoid: 12 volts, the strongest and longest slew I could find for a reasonable price (eBay)
  • One transistor: TIP120 60V / 5A (electrokit)
  • One high power diode: 1N4001, 50V / 1A (electrokit)
  • One power adapter 12V / 5A (eBay)

A few other things need to be added, for example a couple of decoupling capacitors, 0.1µF and 10µF, and maybe a fat electrolyte for smoothing out effects of sudden power draws.

Original kit contents:
1 x UNO R3 Mainboard
1 x USB Cable (30cm HIGH QUALITY,color could be blue or black,base on stock type)
1 x Extension Board with mini breadboard
1 x 830 Contact Points Breadboard
1 x 5mm LED Assorted Kit (Red/Green/Yellow 10pcs each + White 5pcs + RGB Trip-color 1Piece)
1 x 8bit Shift Register 74hc595
1 x MAX7219 Chip
2 x Buzzer 5v (1 active and 1 passive)
1 x Eight-segment Display (1-digit Common Anode)
1 x Eight-segment Display (4-digit Common Anode) with clock
10 x Push Button Switch 12*12mm
5 x Mini Push Button Switches 6*6mm
1 x Light Dependent Resistor (photocell)
20 x 10KΩ Resistor
20 x 220Ω Resistor
5 x 1kΩ Resistor
1 x 5k Trimpot Adjustable Resistor Potentiometer
1 x 10k Trimpot Adjustable Resistor Potentionmeter
1 x LM35 Temperature Sensor
1 x 1602 LCD Display
1 x PS2 Joystick Module
1 x Stepping Motor 5v
1 x Stepping Motor Driver Board
1 x SG90 Servo Motor
1 x RGB Module
65 x Jumper Wires
10 x Dupont Lines(Female to Female)
1 x 2.54mm Straight 40 Pin Header
1 x 2.54mm Elbow 40 Pin Header
1 x Mercury Switches
1 x Flame Sensor
1 x Infrared Sender
1 x Infrared Receiver
1 x Remote Controler (Battery- CR2025 Not Included)
1 x 8*8 Dot Matrix Display
1 x 5v 10A Relay Module with optocouple
1 x DC 9v Battery Button Cable (Battery-9V Not Included)

Additional info

SainSmart UNO R3 – Arduino Forum Lessons for a similar kit. The advanced lessons are not covered in this blog yet.

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