Get ready to dive into the world of microcontrollers!
Everyone from beginners to advanced users will appreciate all that the Ultimate Microcontroller Kit has to offer. Beginners will appreciate the ability to go from the basics to more advanced projects without having to source additional parts. Advanced users will love the variety and the huge range of projects that can be done using this vast assortment of parts! The 100+ components in this pack have been hand picked by the staff of MAKE to ensure the best possible assortment for your money.
Here are just some of the projects you can do using the items in the Ultimate Arduino Microcontroller Pack:
- Blink an LED
- Send Morse Code
- Fade an LED
- Using the MakerShield – Button
- Make Music
- Build a Pitch Follower (Theremin-Like Noise Maker)
- Control a Servo with a Potentiometer
- Make an LCD Shield
- Control a DC Motor
- Make an RGB LED Lamp
- Control a Servo with Touch
For even more Arduino projects and resources, visit http://makezine.com/arduino.
(From Left to Right)
Microcontroller: Arduino Uno (1)—See arduino.cc for specs, pinouts, and more.
MakerShield Prototyping Shield Kit (1)—Stacks on the Arduino. User-definable components, 3.3V or 5V signals. Build a MakerShield.
Servomotors, micro (2)—Servos don’t spin, they turn to precise positions. These are rated 4.2–6V, operating speed 0.10sec/60° (at 4.8V), stall torque 1.8kg/cm. Wires: brown (-), red (+), orange (signal).
Motor, mini DC (1)—Rated at 1.3V, 35mA, it spins at 16,000rpm. Housing measures just 16mm×6mm diameter. Mini DC motor datasheet.pdf
Motor, vibration (1)—The kind found in cellphones. It buzzes about 50 decibels (dB) loud at 3V, 90mA, and will kick in at just 2V. Mini vibration motor data.pdf
Force-sensitive resistors 10K (pressure sensors) (2)—Variable resistors that decrease in resistance when pressed with as little as 2 grams of force.
Tilt sensors (2)—Tiny switches with a metal ball inside that, when tilted 30°, connects the contact points, closing the circuit. Rated at max 6mA/24V DC. Tilt switch datasheet.pdf
Photoresistors (light sensors) (2)—Variable resistors that decrease in resistance as light intensity increases. Rated 150V, 100mW, 16kΩ–2MΩ. Photoresistor datasheet.pdf
Thermistors (temperature sensors) (2)—Also variable resistors, NTC-type thermistors decrease in resistance as temperature rises. Rated at 50mW, 20kΩ–1MΩ. Thermistor datasheet.pdf
Speaker, 8Ω, with leads (1)—This tiny loudspeaker measures just 13mm in diameter, so it’ll fit into almost any project or prototype.
Buzzer, piezoelectric, 12mm (1)—Rated at 5V, 28mA, it puts out 85dB at 2.3kHz. Piezos vibrate when current is applied. In reverse, they generate a voltage when vibrated! Piezo buzzer datasheet.pdf
HD44780LCD alphanumeric display screen, 16×2 (1)—Has 2 lines of 16 characters, in blue pixels over a yellow-green LED backlight, and measures 80mm×36mm×15.8mm. (Hook up diagram and “Hello World” example)
LEDs, 3mm: green (5) and red (5)—Light-emitting diodes are polarized, with a longer positive lead (anode) and shorter negative lead (cathode).
LEDs, 5mm, tricolor RGB (3)—Combines red, green, and blue LEDs to reproduce a spectrum of colors. These have 4 leads, sharing a positive (+) lead (anode). RGB LED datasheet.pdf
Resistors: 330Ω (10), 10kΩ (10), and 1kΩ (10)—Resistors limit current and divide voltage. Their leads aren’t polarized (no + and –). Colored bands indicate resistance value in ohms (Ω) and power rating in watts (W). These are all ¼W. See page 7 for the color codes.
Capacitors, ceramic: 10nF (10) and 100nF (10)—Like a temporary battery, capacitors store electrical charge. They have a max voltage rating and a capaci- tance value that’s rated in farads (F) and typically printed on the capacitor itself. See page 7 for the number codes.
Capacitors, electrolytic, 100μF (5)—Electrolytic capacitors are polarized, with one positive (+) and one negative (–) lead. They resemble little barrels.
Potentiometer, rotary 10K (1)—Pots are variable resistors with a preset range of resistance that can be adjusted. They’re also rated by power (W) and voltage (V).
Transistor, NPN (1)—This semiconductor allows or restricts current, like a normally open switch activated by electricity. Has 3 leads: emitter, base, collector. 20V, 500mA. NPN transistor datasheet.pdf
Switches, mini SPST, momentary push-button, normally open, 12V, 15mA (5)—Closes (connects) a circuit tem- porarily when pushed. Otherwise it’s open.
Switches, mini DPDT (3)—It’s double-throw (has 2 closed positions, with 1 open position between) and double-pole (can open/close 2 different circuits).
Solderless breadboard, clear, full-size (1)—Trans- parent plastic, adhesive- backed, 2.14″×6.5″, 830 tie points: a terminal strip (630) and 2 distribution strips (100 each).
Solderless breadboard, mini (1)—Has 170 tie points, measures just 1.4″×1.6″ (3.5cm×4.5cm), and fits perfectly on our MakerShield.
Protoboards, 7cm×9cm (2)—These blank circuit boards have 30×24 holes indexed with letters and numbers, copper-backed for soldering, plus solder- ing tabs on 2 edges.
Deluxe Jumper Wire Pack (1)—65 multi-color, flexible, stranded jumper wires that can be used over and over, with molded barrels and 3/8″ (1cm) stripped ends.
Header, female, 6-pin stackable (1)—Pin headers allow you to plug and unplug components. We chose this assortment to fit the Arduino/Netduino perfectly.
Headers, female, 8-pin (5)
Headers, male, 40-pin breakaway (2)
Headers, male, dual 40-pin breakaway (1)
Component storage box (1)—Double-sided, 6-compartment case that contains most of the smaller components on this list.
Take it Further
Now that you’ve mastered the MAKE Ultimate Microcontroller Pack, take things further with these products from the MakerShed!
- MotorShield—Drive DC, Stepper, and servo motors using the Motor Shield. Perfect for Robotics!
- Audio Player Shield—Let your projects make sound with the Audio Player Shield! This simple kit lets your projects pay back .WAV audio files stored on an SD card.
- Wireless Shield—Connect without wires! This Xbee Shield allows you to connect Xbee modules to your projects for wireless communication.
- RFID Starter Pack—What if your projects could react and identify objects using RFID? Find out with the RFID Starter Pack!
- Ping Sensor—Let your projects navigate and react autonomously using the PING sensor.
- PIR Sensor—Need to detect motion? Use the PIR sensor to alert you!