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Rocklin: Arduino 201 — Using RGB Light Sticks

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Class Description

Class prerequisite: Beginning Arduino or similar experience.

Once you’ve learned basic Arduino use and coding, there are so many fun things you can do! This class teaches you how to connect and control NeoPixel style RGB products with your Arduino.  At the end of the class you will be able to create dazzling light shows on a 8x RGB LED light stick.  Each of the 8 LED’s on the stick is individually controlled. No more being stuck with a boring strip of LEDs all changing to the same color at the same time!

For the technically curious, we will cover some of the details on how the communications system works from a low level wave form perspective.  For those that just like the cool lights, we will also cover how to expand your system to include many more than just 8 LEDs controlled by a single Arduino.

Watch the attached video for a demo of the capabilities you will be gaining from this class: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U6L0n1xwHLI&feature=youtu.be

What to Bring?

Please bring your laptop with the Arduino IDE installed and an Arduino Nano or Arduino Uno.  Please also bring the colored connection wires (the female to female Dupont wires) from the Arduino for Beginners class.  If you do no have them, the instructor will have some for you to borrow during the class but you will not be able to take them home with you.

Note: There will be a $10 material cost for HackerLab members (please bring cash). For other attendees, the Material Fee is included in the class fee. Teens are welcome – 17 and under, please bring an adult along.

You will be able to take what you make home after the class!

About the Instructor

Josiah Perillo is a new member of our Electronics Lab team.  He has a strong background in electronics, and is excited about all things Arduino.  He’s looking forward to meeting you and learning together!