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If you’re a MAKE regular, you know that we feature a lot of Arduino projects. It’s such a popular and easy to use microcontroller, I don’t think a day goes by without a blog post that mentions Arduino. But what if you’re totally unfamiliar with this popular physical computing platform? Where do you get started? To answer that question, we created this video. So if you have a friend or relative who has been asking “what’s an Arduino?” You can point them here. They’ll get an overview of what it is and what’s possible with it.

And if you’re here because you’re new to Arduino, there’s no better way to learn than fearlessly jumping right in getting started. For that, I recommend Maker Shed’s Getting Started with Arduino Kit, and not because I work for MAKE. A few years ago—before I worked here—I started playing around with an earlier version of this kit and it lead me to a huge breakthrough. As a kid, I tried a few times to teach myself electronics but never got very far. The Getting Started with Arduino Kit is what I wish I had as a kid. When I uploaded the blink sketch and saw that LED flashing, it was a moment of delight. Tinkering with electronics quickly became my hobby and then my livelihood. So if you’re on the fence about trying it out, I implore you to get off that fence and join us delighted Arduino enthusiasts.

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Matt Richardson

Matt Richardson

Matt Richardson is a Brooklyn-based creative technologist, Contributing Editor at MAKE, and Resident Research Fellow at New York University’s Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP). He’s the co-author of Getting Started with Raspberry Pi and the author of Getting Started with BeagleBone.


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  3. Simon says:

    “A microcontroller is a circuit board that has a chip on it…”

    *cringe*

    Arduino is *not* a microcontroller, it is a platform that *has* a microcontroller on it, which is a chip, that…

    really, you should know better.

    1. Matt Richardson says:

      Thanks for pointing it out. I’m so accustomed to calling the Arduino (and other boards) “microcontrollers” as short for “microcontroller platforms” that I let this semantic error slip. I appreciate the feedback and regret the error.

  4. For a free e-book, check out : http://www.introtoarduino.com . I wrote the book for a class I taught to middle schoolers.

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