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Please join us for our January meeting!

Hey folks!

I just wanted to send you all a quick reminder. Tomorrow, following our regular 10AM MTRAS meeting, we will be conducting our Arduino Basics Workshop at 1:30 PM at the Adventure Science center. 

We will be starting our series with very basic information regarding safety, circuits, component properties and programming. This first workshop is specifically intended for those who are very new to circuit building and the Arduino. Later workshops will continue to demonstrate how to interface the components in our kit with the Arduino.

Each of you who are participating hands-on in the workshop will need to bring the following items with you:
• Laptop computer – for running the Arduino IDE used to program the board and to load and view the project examples. PC or MAC is fine. 
• Safety glasses – While there is an extremely small chance of damaged that can be caused by the components in our projects, a minimal chance exists. So, please bring a pair of safety glasses with you. If you don’t have a pair, they can be obtained from Walmart or any hardware store.
• Multimeter (Optional) – If you have a basic multi-meter (volts, ohms, current, continuity), please bring it with you. While not necessarily required for this first session, you will want to have one on your workbench going forward.

For those who ordered a kit through the mtras.com website, I will have your kits with me at both the morning meeting and the workshop. 

If you directly purchased the same kit on your own, please bring the whole kit with you.

For those who chose to bring your own components, we will be using the following parts and components:
• Arduino Uno – While Arduino is a particular brand of the Uno, due to the design being open hardware, there are many different manufacturers of these boards and as long as the board you have is uno r3 compatible, you should be fine. 
• Standard USB A to B cable to connect your Arduino to your laptop
• Solderless breadboard 
• 3 or more Standard single color LEDs – your choice of color
• 4 or more 220 ohm ¼ or ½ watt resistors
• One momentary normally open pushbutton
• One active buzzer
• Breadboard jumper / hookup wires (at least 10 or more)

I am really looking forward to meeting you all and digging into the workshop tomorrow! I truly hope that those of you who are new to electronics and programming come away from this event wanting to know more. 
If you have any questions about the event or the components you will need, please let me know as soon as possible.

Thanks and see you soon,
Andy Hoover

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REMINDER... 
If you wish to attend our first Basics workshop in June and you would like us to order the associated kit, then you will need to complete your request and Paypal payment by Wednesday, May 20th @ 10PM CT.

Of course, you can directly order the kit yourself from this site: 
http://www.banggood.com/UNO-Basic-Starter-Learning-Kit-Upgrade-Version-For-Arduino-p-970714.html 

If you do, you will want to allow plenty of time for shipping from China.

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Here is an update on the Arduino Basics workshop series I posted about before. If you want to sign up, please do so here.
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