Last week I gave a class at Squidwrench that helped bootstrap folks from new-to-Arduino to won’t-blow-it-up, showing how the I/O pins work in digital and analog mode with a bit of hands-on experimentation:
We also covered some setup, how the whole compiler thing works, and suchlike.
You don’t get my patter, but the PDF file (Arduino IO Intro for Squidwrench – 2014-06) should provide an idea of what went on.
The parts kit contains a 10 kΩ pot (with detents!), a green LED (with resistor!), and a jumper that serves as both a switch and a short antenna for an input without a pullup. They’re all terminated in header pins with heatstink tubing for strain relief.
The ZIP file with all the source code (ArduinoIOIntro-2014-06.zip.odt) masquerades as an OpenDocument text file, because WordPress prohibits ZIP files. Just rename it to remove the ODT suffix, unzip it, and there you are. It also includes the PDF, because none of the Arduino files have any comments at all…
A good time was had by all!