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An LCD screen can bring a whole new level of interactivity to your Arduino projects. They can provide instant data without using your computer and give visual feedback about your project. Normally, you would use a separate breadboard to hook up an LCD but using a MakerShield and this tutorial from Make: Projects, you can make your own LCD shield!

LCD screens look complicated but using an Arduino it’s not too bad at all. This tutorial will teach you how to hook up an LCD display to an Arduino using a MakerShield. All the components you need for this build are included in the Ultimate Microcontroller Pack.

You can pick up an Ultimate Microcontoller Pack from the Maker Shed, Micro Center, and select RadioShack locations. Call me crazy but I love the look of all those jumper wires!

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Using the MakerShield – Button
Using the MakerShield – Servo Control

Michael Castor

Michael Castor

I am the Evangelist for the Maker Shed. It seems that there is no limit to my making interests. I’m a tinkerer at heart and have a passion for solving problems and figuring out how things work. When not working for Make I can be found falling off my unicycle, running in adverse weather conditions, skiing down the nearest hill, restoring vintage motorcycles, or working on my car.


  • John Waser

    Would like to see this updated for the Netduino platform. Basically just the software updated for Visual Studio Express. Early stages of learn Express and adding the necessary libraries are a mystery to me at this point.

  • J. Blake Harris

    This site is annoying. I see a description for a tutorial for hooking up an LCD display, but no link, video, button or anything to the actual tutorial. I am frustrated that I bought this Make kit and the actual tasks are easier than FINDING them on this site, since nothing in the box indicated where to look.

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