1 Getting Started with Arduino

This project covers everything you need to get your Arduino up and running! We’ll introduce the hardware, show you how to install the programming environment, and help you make sure everything works by loading a simple program. At the end, you should have your own blinking light and the excitement to move on. Let’s go!


You’ll need the following hardware (shown in Figure 1-1) to complete this project:

• One SparkFun RedBoard (DEV-13975), Arduino Uno (DEV-11021), or any other Arduino-compatible board

• One USB Mini-B cable (CAB-11301 or your board’s USB cable)

• One LED (COM-09590, or COM-12062 for a pack of 20)

FIGURE 1-1: Required components


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