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Official Arduino Day 2017

Official Arduino Day 2017

Arduino day will be taking place on 1 April 2017, many haven’t even heard of it, so what is all the fuzz about.

What is Arduino Day?

Arduino Day is a worldwide birthday celebration of Arduino. It’s a 24 hour-long event – organized directly by the community, or by the Arduino founders – where people interested in Arduino get together, share their experiences, and learn more. whether you are newbies, makerspaces, hackerspaces, fablabs, associations, teachers, professionals, or any other user group Arduino day is for all who are fascinated by Arduino.

What will Arduino Day offer?

You can attend an event or organize one for your community. It doesn’t matter whether you are a Maker, an engineer, a designer, a developer or an educator: Arduino Day is open to anyone who wants to celebrate Arduino and all the amazing things that have been done (or can be done!) with the open-source platform. The events will offer different types of activities, tailored to local audiences all over the world.

Some projects from previous Arduino Days

What will we be doing for Arduino Day?

On Arduino Day we will be hosting an Arduino Beginner to Intermediate Training course for ages 10 and up! Have you subscribed to our newsletter? We will have an Arduino Day sale and will send details in our newsletter.

What you will learn on the training:

  • The internal working of Arduino.
  • Some key elements to programming.
  • Electronics around your program.
  • Four projects will be built excluding the bonus project.
  • Time will be given to chat to trainers in person.
  • trainers will be available if there is any confusion during the projects.

What you will need:

  • 5 LED’s
  • 5 resistors between 150E and 1k
  • 10k Potentiometer
  • Jumper cables
  • Arduino
  • Laptop

For those that do not have the components needed, we do have two options for you.

  1. When filling out the Registration form, select the number of small training kits.
  2. You could get our Monster Kit, also by selecting it on the registration form.

Please return filled out registration forms to kin@botshop.co.za

Arduino kits with Arduino course

Arduino kits with Arduino course

Wouldn't it be cool

if you can make awesome things from day one?

With our training, you can! We can teach you how to build amazing gadgets at your own pace in the comfort of your own home.

Arduino course info
online training

Welcome to the world of modern electronics and our Arduino course.

Do you also dream about building super cool gadgets, building something unique and become an electronics maker? Or how about starting a career or business building unique things?

How about putting that “spark” back you might have lost because of the mountains of books and nothing great to build in the near future? Where did the fun go?

We make learning electronics and robotics exciting, fun and super easy with our online Arduino course,

These kits are for the builders, those guys that got great ideas they want to change into reality and also for those guys that are very near giving up on their electronics dreams.

See the Monster Kit content list here.

We believe in crazy saving!

Right now you will get a complete kit, but also more than 50% off our Arduino course when buying a kit.

  • Arduino complete kit (3 to choose from)
  • Getting started manual, printed version
  • Projects manual
  • Live long members only forum with access to all our trainers.
  • Online training with certification (limited time offer, see training section below)

Kit content

  • Arduino Uno R3
  • USB Cable
  • 1 x breadboard
  • 1 x LCD screen
  • 1 x Joystick module
  • 1 x buzzer
  • 1 x relay
  • 1 x 8 segment LED
  • 20 x LED’s
  • 1 x 10 k potentiometer
  • 2 x push buttons
  • 1 x shift register IC
  • 1 x tilt sensor
  • 1 x light sensor (LDR)
  • 1 x temperature sensor
  • 10 x 1k resistors
  • 10 x 10k resistors
  • 10 x 560E resistors
  • 1 x motor
  • 1 x servo
  • 1 x 9V battery connector
  • 1 x rain sensor
  • 1 x Joy stick module
  • 1 x headers
  • 25 x jumper cables
  • 10 x du Pount cables

50% OFF ONLINE TRAINING HEEEE HAAAA

Yip. 50% Off, but for a limited period.

The training includes:

  • Training manuals
  • Training videos
  • Online quizzes
  • Members only forum access to trainers
  • Certification if you complete final online exam

Who Is This Kits For?

School Kids

Learn while building amazing products and understand your current studies even better. If you do have a hard time with electronics it is now the time to jump start your electronics training and put the fun back in learning. You will have so much fun and so many a-ha moments, you will forget it is training.

Inventors

Do you want to become a maker and develop your own gadgets or want to make products for money? Making a career out of modern electronic development is one of the most fulfilling and well paid jobs today.

Entrepreneurs

Do you have a great idea that you want to put in the market place or that you want to outsmart your competitors with? This is the place to start.
Arduino online training with 22 projects

Arduino online training with 22 projects

Arduino online training

Arduino online training

What is better than an Arduino training kit? …..

Arduino Online Training To Go With It, of cause.

We WANT you to become the next extraordinary electronics maker and we want that journey to be fast and fun.

No more having to search around for hours to try and find answers to your questions. And even more importantly – you have full access to the trainers to get you unstuck when running into problems.

Trainers

Direct access to the trainers to keep you moving along smoothly

Training material

Step by step PDF’s, videos, datasheets and resources all in one place.

Quizes

More than 150 quiz questions. Test your understanding and learn those things you missed

Forum

Forums are used to view questions and answers from fellow students and to ask your own.

22 Projects to build and explained in detail in the Arduino online training!

Building and experimenting with what you learn is crucial and it is also the fun part of your training. Each topic covered in the Arduino online training is accompanied by practical projects to make sure you can not just study but DO!

It’s simple, start from the top and work your way trough each of the 25 topics. Each topic consists of training materials, component datasheets, quizzes and a link to the forum section.

No guessing or searching for hours to find information, everything you need regarding a topic is available inside the topic.

Forums

Our forums will be one of the most important resources tor you. Here you will find questions and answers from other students and that is a learning experience as well.

You can also post your own questions and unlike other forums, you might have seen we will answer questions in detail. Each forum section is covering a specific training topic so that you can focus specifically on the topic.

Quizzes

Quizzes might not sound like a training resource but it is an important one.

It does not only test your understanding and help you find information, you might have missed but also gives you a great idea of what information is most important to know.

It makes you think more and look at things from different “angles”. It also gets you to re-study your training material so you go a second time over it.

It also helps you to practice for the final exam if you are interested in a Bot Shop Maker Certificate.

 

Introducing the XLR8 FPGA-based Arduino Uno Clone

Introducing the XLR8 FPGA-based Arduino Uno Clone

XLR8(Accelerate)

that has the same footprint as an Arduino Uno,
but that runs like an Arduino Uno on steroids

Regular Arduino Uno

By default, the XLR8 behaves just like an Arduino, right down to its timing and 16 MHz clock. However, the XLR8’s clock frequency can be changed, and various functions — like the PWMs — can be implemented using XBs (“acceleration blocks”) inside the FPGA.

For example, the Arduino Uno doesn’t have a floating-point unit, which means it has to clunk along implementing floating-point operations using lots and lots of simple instructions. In turn, this means it executes floating-point operations verrryyy sslllooowwwlllyyy. By comparison, the XLR8 has dedicated floating-point hardware programmed directly into the FPGA’s fabric. Check out this video comparing an Arduino Uno and an XLR8 using floating-point math to generate Mandelbrot fractal images.