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Arduinos for Total Newbies workshop:

Learn Arduino
using TV-B-Gone
as an example project

Arduino For Total Newbies workshop at 30C3


You've probably heard lots about Arduino. But if you don't know what it is, or how you can use it to do all sorts of cool things, then this fun and easy workshop is for you. As an example project, we'll be creating a TV-B-Gone remote control out of an Arduino you can take home with you.

Full Description:

Arduino is an amazingly powerful tool that is very simple to learn to use. It was designed so that artists and non-geeks can start from nothing, and make something cool happen in less than 90 minutes. Yet, it is powerful enough so that uber-geeks can use it for their projects as well.

This workshop is easy enough for total newbies to learn all you need to know to get going on an Arduino.

Taught by Mitch Altman. Participants will make their own Arduino clone, and set it up on solderless breadboards to make their own TV-B-Gone remote control to turn off TVs in public places -- a fun way to learn Arduino (and electronics) basics. Bring your laptop, if you can.

Big thanks to Ken Shirriff, who came up with the original TV-B-Gone for Arduino.

Workshop Itinerary

  • Intro to Arduino
  • Very short lesson to learn everything you need to know about electronics!
  • Then we will learn to solder. Don't let this scare you! I've taught tens of thousands of people to solder, most of whom have never made anything before in their lives. It is actually a very easy skill to learn. It is also very useful.
  • Then we will each make our own Arduino clone from a kit made by Samurai Circuits: U-Do-It-Duino.
  • Now that we each have our own Arduino, we will set up the free and open-source software on our laptops (if you bring one) -- Windows, MacOS, or Linux are all fine!
  • And then its time to make something and learn how easy it is to use Aruino! I'll (very easily!) show you how to read schematic diagrams, and you'll put together your own TV-B-Gone remote control using your U-Do-It-Duino. We will use a solderless breadboard. These are really useful, and provide a fast, and very easy way to put circuits together without needing to solder.
  • Target practice is available after the workshop.


     What: Arduino workshop for total newbies, using TV-B-Gone remote controls as an intro
     When: 6:00pm to 10:00pm, Thursday, 3-May
     Where: Tami [to get to Tami]
     Who: Anyone and everyone can have fun learning Arduino. Ages 10 to 100
          English language comprehension is required.
     Max #: 25 participants -- This workshop will fill up, so please arrive early! -- FIRST COME FIRST SERVED
           -- No need to register -- just show up early and get a kit to take the workshop
     Cost: Instruction is FREE
          Recommended donation for materials (workshop kit): 125 ILS
          Jeremy was generous to purchase all of the workshop kits! If you can afford it, please reimburse Jeremy 125 ILS (or more) for the materials. No one turned away for lack of funds.
          Workshop materials include everything you need to make your Arduino TV-B-Gone (and to play and experiment at home)!
          And you get to bring your Arduino TV-B-Gone home with you.
           -- It is totally fine to come and just watch.
           -- Although hands-on participation is limited to the first 25 people to obtain a workshop kit, you can learn a lot by coming and watching!

     Instructor: Mitch

     You do not need to register in advance to take this workshop -- just show up early and get a kit.:

Optional: Bring your laptop if you want to go home with the free Arduino software installed on it.
Arduino software runs on Windows, MacOS and Linux.


Arduino For Total Newbies page
TV-B-Gone website
Ardiuno website
Ken Shirriff's TV-B-Gone Arduino project page
U-Do-It-Duino U-Do-It-Duino kit page