Tonight, I kicked off my Arduino and Raspberry Pi class series at the Columbus Idea Foundry with a new class for the very beginner, “Introduction to Electronics”. The class started with the basics – simple circuits, Ohm’s Law, then built up to the point where the students could build a simple battery-powered LED circuit then add a pushbutton switch, then replace the switch with a 555 (timer IC) blinker. We had a bit of scramble locating the right value of capacitors for everyone (between 0.1uF and 4.7uF), but by the end of the class, everyone had built a working blinker and tried their hand at swapping out resistors and capacitors with different values to change the blink rate. I’ll definitely be repeating this class in the future.
Next week, “Introduction to Arduino” (already sold out, sorry).