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The 11 free (and paid) Arduino courses to use like the pros

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Robotics at the service of the people. That was the answer I got, two years ago, when I asked a computer engineer friend what the heck was Arduino . But the most interesting thing about this hardware is its versatility. Along with 3D printing, the Arduino forms a magnificent do-it-yourself tandem, where it is equally possible to create portable stenographers as a light system such as a traffic light ..

This free hardware was born by the hand of the Colombian student Hernando Barragán, who developed the Wiring electronic card, the programming language and the platform itself. Together with Massimo Banzi, a founding member of Arduino and a former engineer at the IVREA Interactive Design Institute, they were able to design a board much cheaper than the BASIC Stamp they had been working with, at about $ 100. Some time later, in early 2007, Google was involved in the development of an Android ADK Kit, a board where Arduino communicated directly with smartphones using the Android operating system. image

If you are simply a curious person who wanted more in the Institute's Technology classes, if you want to present yourself in a contest / contest or develop an independent project, in Spanish we have a good offer of courses to learn how to use it. Let's look at some of the most interesting ones.

Online tutorials from Youtube ...

We start with this Introduction to Arduino course edited by computer science enthusiast Misael Saenz . In it, basic concepts are explained to the current ninth video, where the Serial communication language is discussed. According to the author himself, the course would have a tenth video to publish. Each one lasts approximately 30 minutes..

The guys from CodigoFacilito sign up for a blitz and this time they bring a complete Arduino course. And they have wood in this for many years. From this online course as a video tutorial, it is explained, in 16 videos, everything you need to know and have to set up your own projects . It is also available from its own website, where you can find additional material. image

Young Martín Durán, a precocious programmer, has arranged his own Arduino UNO course on his channel. I especially like this one, even more than that of professional computer websites, because the author who teaches it is a young man with practical knowledge, not a theorist who tends to explain everything under concepts. What we will see in your hands will be pure and simple programming, without assembly. Ideal to learn quickly without filling our heads with names.

With almost 30 million visits to his channel, Erik García shows that you don't need big budgets or means to create interesting projects . His Arduino course is one of the three most viewed in the world. Throughout 19 videos he puts us in tessitura on the history of Arduino, the original models and replicas, which are the most suitable to start and buy, to different questions and answers to solve classic problems that arise to users. It also has its own website from which you can contact it for any questions. image

… And from web pages

From the website of the Zaragoza engineer Luis Llamas we have a wide glossary of tutorials, from the basic level to the most advanced. At the stroke of a click we have the different possibilities to control Arduino with the C ++ , Python languages ​​and under the Eclipse environment. As complete as the previous ones but less interactive, this is a very good option to get started in the Arduino ecosystem..

The Ardu Drawer is a blog. Yes, they still survive, and some are in excellent health. This one in particular offers an immense amount of material, by knowledge index - introductory level, beginner, medium, advanced, expert, and even a tutorial for creating a robot car. The tremendous care and professionalism that they dedicate to all their tutorials is palpable. In Spanish, with illustrations, code tips and the different alternatives to follow depending on the project, this is an option to take into account.

Prometec is a clean and clear website where they have a lot of tutorials on Arduino, where they can learn from the basic name of the parts of a project - all the circuitry, the use of relays, temperature and pressure sensors, how to assemble the LEDs, etc. — to how to integrate different building blocks and build our own robots . With a somewhat more professional language and a material as valid as it is imperishable, we can learn to manufacture from a fire detector to a 4 × 4 remote control car , directed with an old console control. image

Face-to-face courses…

This course located in Granada is given by Createc 3D, a creation and design laboratory that has several workshops - intensive work workshops . As usual, the course is structured in three levels: beginners, intermediate and advanced, and it is necessary for each user to carry their own laptop .

  • Initiation. Indicated for beginners. As stated on the web, this modality is coming: it will be held on June 14, 16, 21 and 23. You can reserve a place from here and the total cost is 60 euros.
  • Intermediate. Here we already delve into components such as LCD screens, IR controls, motion sensors, CNY70, PAP motors, etc. During June 28, 30 and July 5 and 7, this level will be taught . From here you can reserve a place and the price is the same as the initiation price: 60 euros.
  • Advanced. In this course the user begins to use his own application to control his Arduino installation via bluetooth and Android. It will be taught over 4 days: July 13, 14, 20 and 21. You can reserve a place from here and it costs another 60 euros. If someone is interested in doing the 3 and improving their training, the total price would be 150 euros, with the consequent discount. For more information, you can contact from this phone: 958 37 34 34.

… And academic training

As you can see in the Pylo video, Arduino and Scratch also have applications in video games . They are an integral part of robotics and are beginning to take over markets where the costs of single plates are higher, such as in the toy store. Let's continue with the courses.

Through Virtual Technological Campus we have a course where we can learn to interpret the different electrical diagrams, their assembly, manipulation and connection of peripherals. Different practical examples are developed, and work is done with both hardware and software . The course is priced at 100 euros, not including materials. It begins on June 17 and will end on August 12, 2016 . Ideal to put the batteries in summer. image

From the capital we have another course, 24 hours a day, from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. during the next September 26 until October 24 , every Monday and Wednesday. The course is taught at the Miscela Space in Madrid, and the price is 269 euros with all materials included. Although if you already have an Arduino UNO board and USB cable, the price stays at € 249. They lend you a laptop themselves if you don't have one and, if the dates are impossible for you, they facilitate the intensive modality to do during the weekend. You can apply for registration by calling 91 005 27 02 or from the Sindormir.net website.

And, to finish, we have a summer course, taught by the DROIDE foundation, based on Paseo de las Facultades 1, in Valencia (next to the Polytechnic University of Valencia). They have three options: the first is a course for 99 euros without a kit, the second for 149 euros with a base level workshop kit , and the third for 179 euros including a starter kit . The duration of the same is of 6 days, 4 hours daily, in the next 10 to June 17, from 16:00 to 20:00 pm.


From a MIDI controller to a marquee caller-doorman, or even designing a mind-blowing control panel like the cockpit of a futuristic ship, the Arduino's possibilities are as wide as our imaginations and budgets allow. These courses are an excellent introduction to open source technology.

And, once we have the basic knowledge, we can go for it on our own and acquire a starter kit . The one I link in particular includes all the necessary elements - jumpers , diodes, LEDs, sensors, transistors and resistors - and an Arduino project book. Creativity has led 16-year-old kids to disassemble the motor of a Baticao to design a remote-controlled doll. There are forums and videos where it is explained step by step how to build a helmet like those of the Daft Punk band and animate the lighting system using Arduino. With so much tutorial and free course, whoever doesn't make their own toys is because they don't want to.

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