Ardiuno is referred to in the “Getting Started with Arduino” booklet as, “the open source electronics prototyping platform that is taking the design and hobbyist world by storm.”
While I found “Getting Started with Arduino” and our class sessions on Arduino to be intimidating, I did learn a few things about Arduinos. I learned that Arduinos have many uses (including fun things like making LED lights blink) and that while they are complicated, they are useful.
The first thing I saw an Arduino do “in action” was Dr. Grout’s hand-sanitizing gate invention, which utilizes an Arduino to operate a simple switch that raises when hand sanitizer is dispensed and lower a few seconds afterwards (once a person has had time to walk through the “gate”).
In class, we used Arduino “Board Model UNO”, and used the common Arduino programming software available online for free. Through the Arduino session in class, I learned that you can program an arduino board and its attachments (i.e. – LED lights) to do the same program again and again whenever you plug it into a power source (like the USB port on a computer). You can also use one Arduino to connect multiple “breadboards” and make large connection systems to do really neat things.