Arduino Programming for Experienced Users

Video description

Become a true Arduino expert–just watch! Master expert techniques for controlling Arduino circuits, sensors, lighting, and robotics… and walk through an advanced project, step by step!



Watch and learn all the skills you need to become a true Arduino DIY expert! John Baichtal covers all the intermediate-to-expert-level Arduino skills you'll need: programming, sensors, IC control, shields, prototyping, displays, lighting, even basic robotics. Baichtal's taught electronics and robotics to thousands of people–in person, online, in video, and in best-selling books. He knows what you need to know–and the best ways to show it to you. You'll go from theory to real circuit-building fast, with start to finish demos that guide you through several exciting examples, including a complete Arduino-powered Tank Robot!


About the Instructor

John Baichtalgot his start writing blog posts for Wired's legendary GeekDad blog as well as the DIYer's bible MAKE Magazine. From there he branched out into authoring books about toys, tools, robots, and hobby electronics. His books include Hack This: 24 Incredible Hackerspace Projects from the DIY Movement, Basic Robot Building With Lego Mindstorms NXT 2.0, and Arduino for Beginners: Essential Skills Every Maker Needs; all from Que. He is also co-author of Make: Lego and Arduino Projects for MAKE.


Skill Level

  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

What You Will Learn

  • How to create essential Arduino program logic, arrays, functions, and libraries
  • How to work with gyroscopes and other sensors–including ultrasonic, passive infrared sensors, knock, and tilt sensors
  • How to control displays and lighting, including LEDs/LCDs, Nixie Tubes, EL wire, and NeoPixels
  • How to control ICs, including 555, Max Chip, L293D, Tiny95, and Arduino's ATmega328 microcontroller
  • How to integrate add-on shields to retrieve data, use relays, create prototypes, control Lego Mindstorms, and even create a simple video game
  • How to create many great Arduino and electronics projects
  • Essentials of Arduino robotics and control systems
  • How to build a sophisticated Arduino-Powered Tank Robot, step by step

Who Should Take This Course

  • For everyone who has explored Arduino and wants to become expert with it, including home hobbyists, students, and everyone in the DIY and Maker movements
  • More than 500,000 Arduinos have already been sold

Course Requirements

  • Assumes basic experience with Arduino or comparable electronics platforms
  • If you're completely new to Arduino, start with Baichtal's Arduino for Beginners videos–they'll give you all the knowledge you need to succeed with these!


Part 1: Programming

Master all the essentials of Arduino programming, including implementing logic (For, Switch-Case)… storing data in arrays… building easy-to-reuse functions… making your own libraries… and testing Arduino code for reliability.

Part 2: More Sensors for Your Arduino

Wire a gyroscope sensor to your Arduino… set up ultrasonic "range-finding" sensors… use passive infrared sensors to detect motion and trigger an LED… make your Arduino "listen" to a knock sensor, and detect tilting… For each sensor, Baichtal explains the technology, then demonstrates how to wire, code, and test an example.

Part 3: Displays and Lighting Effects

Control pixels on a Mini LED matrix… work with LCD displays… set up one-character Nixie Tube displays…control glowing electro-luminescent (EL) wires… control advanced RGB NeoPixel LEDs… Baichtal explains how each technology works, then demonstrates how to wire, code, and test an example.

Part 4: Controlling Integrated Circuits with Your Arduino

Use the 555 timing IC to pulse electricity at predictable intervals… directly control the Arduino's ATmega328 microcontroller chip… use the Max chip to control a large LED matrices… operate motors with the L293D chip… create a simple project using the stripped-down Tiny85 microcontroller. Baichtal explains how each chip works, then demonstrates how to wire, code, and test an example.

Part 5: Shields: Cool Add-On Boards for Your Arduino

Retrieve data using the SD Card Shield… build a simple electrical relay project… integrate circuits directly into Arduino with the Proto Shield… control Lego Mindstorms robots with the Bricktronics Shield… transform your Arduino into a simple 8-bit video game with the Video Game Shield. Baichtal explains how each shield works, then demonstrates how to wire, code, and test an example.

Part 6: Fun Arduino and Electronic Projects

Create a complete POV display… control a lamp with the Power Switch Tail… build a tweeting robot, a simple LED ball, and basic wearable electronics.

Part 7: Intro to Robotics

Use wheels and tank treads in robotics projects… use commercial chasses and make your own DIY chassis… buy or make robot claws… power your robot with battery packs, power supplies, wall warts, and solar… master two ways to control your robots.

Part 8: Building an Arduino-Powered Tank Robot

Walk through a complete 5-stage robot construction project: build a wooden chassis with either a hand drill or laser cutter… choose and install motors… select and install wheels that match up with your motors and mounting hardware… choose and install a battery pack… integrate and program an Arduino-based Motor Shield.


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Table of contents

  1. Part 1: Programming
    1. Lesson 1.1 Illustrating the For Command 00:06:08
    2. Lesson 1.2 Working with Switch-Case 00:06:19
    3. Lesson 1.3 Creating a Basic Array 00:07:50
    4. Lesson 1.4 Creating Your First Function 00:06:19
    5. Lesson 1.5 Making Your Own Library 00:08:10
  2. Part 2: More Sensors for Your Arduino
    1. Lesson 2.1 Connecting a Barometric Sensor to Your Arduino 00:05:43
    2. Lesson 2.2 Setting Up an Ultrasonic Sensor on Your Arduino 00:06:32
    3. Lesson 2.3 Using the Passive Infrared Sensor 00:04:25
    4. Lesson 2.4 Getting the Arduino to Listen to a Knock Sensor 00:04:13
    5. Lesson 2.5 Using the Tilt Sensor in a Simple Project 00:04:29
  3. Part 3: Displays and Lighting Effects
    1. Lesson 3.1 Working with a Mini LED Matrix 00:07:36
    2. Lesson 3.2 Controlling an LCD Display Using Your Arduino 00:05:11
    3. Lesson 3.3 Setting Up a OLED Display 00:07:43
    4. Lesson 3.4 Controlling EL Wire with Your Arduino 00:05:41
    5. Lesson 3.5 Controlling NeoPixels with Your Arduino 00:07:35
  4. Part 4: Controlling Integrated Circuits with Your Arduino
    1. Lesson 4.1 555 00:08:48
    2. Lesson 4.2 Using the Arduino Chip Separately from the Arduino 00:12:11
    3. Lesson 4.3 Using the Max Chip to Control Large Numbers of LEDs 00:06:57
    4. Lesson 4.4 Using the L293D Chip to Control Motors 00:06:07
    5. Lesson 4.5 Creating a Simple Project Using the Tiny85 Chip 00:07:34
  5. Part 5: Shields: Cool Add-On Boards for Your Arduino
    1. Lesson 5.1 Configuring a Bluetooth Shield 00:06:08
    2. Lesson 5.2 Demonstrating the Relay Shield 00:05:20
    3. Lesson 5.3 Building Circuits Directly into the Arduino with the Proto Shield 00:07:24
    4. Lesson 5.4 Controlling Lego Mindstorms Components with the Bricktronics Shield 00:09:48
    5. Lesson 5.5 Turning Your Arduino into a Simple Video Game with the Video Game Shield 00:07:03
  6. Part 6: Fun Arduino and Electronic Projects
    1. Lesson 6.1 Creating a POV Display 00:07:12
    2. Lesson 6.2 Controlling Your Lamp with the Power Switch Tail 00:05:57
    3. Lesson 6.3 Play MP3s with Your Arduino 00:06:20
    4. Lesson 6.4 Building Simple Wearable Electronics 00:07:35
    5. Lesson 6.5 Creating a Simple LED Ball 00:11:35
  7. Part 7: Intro to Robotics
    1. Lesson 7.1 Understanding the Different Kinds of Wheels and Tank Treads 00:09:01
    2. Lesson 7.2 Creating a Chassis 00:05:33
    3. Lesson 7.3 Using Manipulators 00:06:57
    4. Lesson 7.4 Powering Your Robot 00:07:09
    5. Lesson 7.5 Understanding How Control Systems Control Your Robot 00:05:41
  8. Part 8: Building an Arduino-Powered Tank Robot
    1. Lesson 8.1 Building the Chassis 00:04:27
    2. Lesson 8.2 Adding the Motors 00:04:35
    3. Lesson 8.3 Selecting the Wheels 00:04:12
    4. Lesson 8.4 Choosing a Power Pack 00:06:52
    5. Lesson 8.5 Adding the Arduino and Motor Shield 00:07:15

Product information

  • Title: Arduino Programming for Experienced Users
  • Author(s):
  • Release date: November 2014
  • Publisher(s): Pearson
  • ISBN: 0134000102