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Tech Explorations™ Arduino Step by Step Getting Serious

Create Arduino gadgets that can communicate, move, interact, measure and detect.
Instructor:
Dr. Peter Dalmaris
9,881 students enrolled
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Use communications technologies like Wifi, BLE and radio
Use servo, DC and stepper motors with various controllers
Use LCD, OLED and TFT screens with buttons and touch interfacese
Store data in external storage like SD Cards and EEPROM
Optimise a sketch to minimise memory footprint, reduce power consumption and increase performance
Control large loads like relays and lights
Improve button reliability with hardware debouncing
Much more, please see curriculum for a full listing

Welcome to Tech Explorations Arduino Step by Step Getting Serious, where you will extend your knowledge of Arduino components and techniques and build up new skills in the largest, and the most comprehensive course on the Web!

Arduino is the world’s favorite electronics learning and prototyping platform. Millions of people from around the world use it to learn electronics, engineering, programming, and create amazing things, from greenhouse controllers to tree climbing robots remotely controlled lawnmowers. 

It is a gateway to a career in engineering, a tool for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics education, a vehicle for artistic and creative expression.

The course is split into 40 sections and over 250 lectures spanning more than 30 hours of video content. 

In each section, you will learn a specific topic. 

Each topic contains:

  • multiple examples of code

  • wiring schematics

  • demonstrations of a completed circuit

  • alternative scenarios

Peter, the instructor, and designer of this course, helps you understand the code and the circuit wiring by walking you through them, step by step and explaining every line of code and every wire of the circuit. 


Students have access to:

  • The course repository, which contains all of the sketch code, wiring schematics and external resource links, which Peter keep up-to-date and correct

  • The course discussion Forum, where you can ask questions. Peter monitors this Forum regularly and responds to your questions

  • The Tech Explorations Makers Club private Facebook group where students can discuss their gadget ideas. Use this group to ask questions that don’t fit within the context of the course, discuss your projects or help others


This course contains:

  • 24 hours of brand new video content 

  • 12 hours of retouched video content (which I will be replacing in regular intervals with brand new content)

  • 42 sections with totally reorganised content

  • More than 280 lectures (and counting)

  • Over 100 new and updated sketches (and counting)

  • Over 50 new circuit schematics (and counting)

  • New course repository, reorganised so that sketches, schematics and lecture external resources are easy to find (access everything at one place)

Here are some of the topics that you will learn about in this course (for a full list, please look at the course curriculum):

  • Advanced environment, motion, position and GPS sensors. 

  • New ways to receive input from the user with keypads, potentiometers, and encoders.  

  • New ways to provide feedback to the user, with color screens, complete with a touch-sensitive surface!

  • Awesome ways to configure LEDs, monochrome or color. 

  • Use matrix or LED strips, display text, graphics, and animation.

  • Create motion with various kinds of motors and controllers.

  • Networking with Ethernet and Wifi. Communications with Bluetooth, Bluetooth Low Energy, 

  • Communications with highly-reliable packet-based radio, and simple, ultra low-cost radio for less critical applications

  • Multiplying your Arduino’s ability to control external devices with shift registers and port expanders.

  • Much, much more (for a full list, please look at the course curriculum)


This course is not appropriate for people new to the Arduino. It will not teach you about the basics of the Arduino, like how to use the Arduino IDE, blink an LED or create a simple sketch and circuit. If you are a new Arduino maker, you should consider taking the Tech Explorations Arduino Step by Step Getting Started course first.

Apart from a basic understanding of the Arduino, a student of this course must be willing to work hard. You can’t learn serious skills without serious work. There are a lot of courses out there that promise you a fun and easy learning experience. This is not one of them. I promise you a lot of hard work ahead.

What about tools and parts? 

Other than a few essential tools and parts that you can learn about in the first section of the course (which is free to watch) I only ask that you come with an appetite to learn and a willingness to work hard. The course features a large variety of parts, but you don’t need (and you shouldn’t) get them all to begin learning. In fact, getting all of these parts too early is not a good idea! Watch the free lecture to understand why in the first section of this course.

Should you join right now?

Watch the free lectures in the first section of this course before you choose to join. They contain valuable information that will help you decide if this is the right course for you. 

I look forward to learning with you!

Introduction to this course

1
What is this course about?
2
Is this course right for you?
3
Finding your way around the course

Each lecture in this course contains several resources:

1. Videos

2. Sketches

3. Schematics

4. External resources

From time to time, I update them in order to correct errors and improve the quality of the course. 

In this video, I will demonstrate how to find and access these resources quickly and get to the learning part without frustration!

4
List of parts

This course features a large number of components and tools, and a few software applications. 

The downloadable PDF file that you can download from this lecture contains an exhaustive list, broken down by section.

You do not need to have all of the parts before starting the course! This is actually not a good idea! Instead, ensure that you have the basic tools, parts and software that are listed at the top of the first page of the list. Then, only acquire the parts needed for the particular sections that you actually want to complete.

You have life-time access to this course, so do not feel in a hurry to do everything immediately! Take your time, enjoy learning, and get into each section in depth.

5
Two common questions about parts and tools
6
How to ask a question
7
How to report an error

The BME280 environment sensor

1
[0490a] Introduction to the BME280

This is lecture 490a.

2
[0490b] BME280 SPI wiring

This is lecture 490b.

3
[0490c] BME280 I2C wiring

This is lecture 490c.

4
[0490d] BME280 Sketch walkthrough and demo

This is lecture 490d.

The MPU6050 motion sensor

1
[0540a] Introduction to the MPU6050 motion sensor
2
[0540b] A look at the MPU6050 datasheet
3
[0540c] MPU6050 wiring
4
[0540d] MPU6050 Arduino sketch
5
[0540e] MPU6050 Processing demonstration
6
[0540f] MPU6050 bonus lecture

Compass and magnetometer

1
[0590a] Introduction to the HMC5883 compass magnetometer
2
[0590b] HMC5883 wiring
3
[0590c] HMC5883 sketch
4
[0590d] HMC5883 demonstration

The flex sensor and membrane potentiometer

1
[0620a] Introduction to the flex sensor
2
[0620b] Flex sensor wiring
3
[0620c] Flex sensor sketch
4
[0630a] Introduction to the membrane potentiometer
5
[0630b] Membrane potentiometer demonstration

The rotary encoder

1
[0640a] Introduction to the rotary encoder
2
[0640b] Rotary encoder wiring and quadrature encoding
3
[0640c] Rotary encoder sketch

Keypads

1
[0670a] Introduction to the keypad
2
[0670b] Working out the keypad pins
3
[0670c] Keypad wiring
4
[0670d] The phone keypad
5
[0680a] Keypad 1-wire connection, Introduction
6
[0680b] Keypad 1-wire connection, wiring
7
[0680c] Keypad 1-wire connection, sketch
8
[0690a] Keypad with the 74922 decoder IC, Introduction
9
[690b] Keypad with the 74922 decoder IC, wiring
10
[690c] Keypad with the 74922 decoder IC, sketch and demo
11
[690d] Bitwise operators

Graphics screen: Using a 1.8" TFT screen shield with joystick and SD card

1
[0730a] Introduction
2
[0730b] Setup, graphics primitives and documentation
3
[0730c] Displaying images from the SD card
4
[0730d] Using the joystick and integrated button
5
[0730e] How to create your own user interface: make the background image
6
[0730f] How to create your own user interface: an example sketch

Graphics screen: Using a 2.2" TFT with SD Card

1
[0732a] Introduction
2
[0732b] Wiring
3
[0732c] Simple demonstrations
4
[0732d] Displaying data
5
[0732e] The library and resources

2.8 inch TFT display with touch interface and SD card module

1
[0735a] Introduction
2
[0735b] Setup the IDE
3
[0735c] Graphics functions and documentation
4
[0735d] Test the touch interface
5
[0735e] Test the SD card module
6
[0735f] Create a custom user interface image
7
[0735g] Create a custom user interface sketch

Graphics screen: using the 128x64 OLED SPI SH1106 display

1
[0740a] Introduction
2
[0740b] Wiring
3
[0740c] Libraries and support
4
[0740d] Finding the right constructor for your screen
5
[0740e] Demo sketch

8x8 LED matrix display

1
[0760a] Introduction
2
[0760b] Single display wiring
3
[0760c] Single display sketch
4
[0760d] Single display drawing
5
[0760e] Custom graphics
6
[0760f] Animation
7
[0770a] Four 8x8 LED matrix display introduction
8
[0770b] Four 8x8 LED matrix display graphics primitives

Seven Segment Displays

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[0750a] Introduction
2
[0750b] Single display pin role discovery
3
[0750c] Single display wiring
4
[0750d] Single display sketch
5
[0750e] Single display, working out the digit byte array
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[0752a] Single display with a single resistor
7
[0752b] The sevseg library
8
[0753a] Dual seven segment display, pin discovery
9
[0753b] Dual seven segment display, wiring
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[0753c] Dual seven segment display, sketch
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[0754a] Single seven segment display with shift register, Introduction
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[0754b] Single seven segment display with shift register, wiring
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[0754c] Single seven segment display with shift register, sketch
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[0755a] Seven segment clock display - Introduction
15
[0755b] Seven segment clock display - pin discovery
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[0755c] Seven segment clock display - wiring
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