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Beginning Arduino: Make a environment monitor system

A perfect start for the new maker: learn by creating a gadget that posts your environment data to a Web logging service.

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This course is designed for beginner makers. I will help you get started with the basics of creating circuits with the Arduino prototyping board, and by the end of this course you will have an Internet-connected home environment monitoring gadget, build with your own hands!

The only prerequisite is a basic understanding of concepts like voltage, current and resistance, and ability to download and install software on your computer. A very basic understanding of programming is a bonus, but not absolutely necessary.

Along the way, you will learn about programming, sensors, and communications.

The course is split in three parts:

Part 1 is an introduction, which will gently help you create your first circuit and open your appetite for more.

Part 2 contains a primer on making with the Arduino, focusing on the Integrated Development Environment and the sketching language.

Part 3 is about making JING. JING (not an acronym!) is the environment monitoring system that you will put together piece by piece, and line by line.

If learning by making sounds like the way to go, then this course is for you!


To fully take advantage of this course, you will need (all of these are easily sourced from Ebay):

1) An Arduino (I suggest a genuine Arduino Uno)

2) A photoresistor

3) A DHT22 temperature and humidity sensor

4) A BMP085 barometric sensor breakout

5) A 16x2 LCD screen based on the Hitachi HD44780 driver (or compatible, these are very common)

6) A potentiometer

7) Assorted resistors

8) A small breadboard

9) Lot's of breadboard wires.

Learning objectives

  • Make simple circuits based on the Arduino board
  • Acquire data from sensors and display them on an LCD screen
  • Upload sensor data to a free cloud logging service and visualise it in a dashboard
  • Understand the basics of programming for microcontrollers

Your Instructor

Dr Peter Dalmaris
Dr Peter Dalmaris

Peter Dalmaris is an online educator, engineer, electronics hobbyist, and father. Peter has a diverse background as an educator and learner. An academic for over 15 years and with involvement in education spanning over 30 years, Peter has witnessed a deterioration in the quality of the educational system. Peter's work as an educator includes teaching thousands of students in Universities in Australia, and tens of thousands of self-learners, from all over the world. In every case, Peter has experienced the effect that "learning by doing" has in the educational outcomes of every individual.

Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund.

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