Arduino Intro Class Wrap-Up

This past Saturday, July 25th, Hack Pittsburgh held the second run of the “Introduction to Arduino” Class, the first class to actually be taught at the Hack Pittsburgh space!

Matt Stultz, with a bit of backup from Jon Speicher, Marty McGuire, and the Solder Cam led a class of 7 students in constructing and testing out their first Arduino-compatible electronics platform, the Freeduino!

As a first-time soldering project, the Freeduino is both very challenging and very rewarding.  Participants with previous soldering experience were able to get things up and running easily, but even our youngest first-timers, 11 and 9 years old, respectively, were able to get their boards up and happily blinking away!

All-in-all, it was a pretty huge success!  We’re very grateful and happy for everyone who participated, and we hope to see everyone again, soon!

For more pictures from the class, be sure to check out the HackPGH Flickr Pool!


  1. StevenJ on July 29, 2009 at 12:02 am

    We really enjoyed the class and plan to take the next one. The following day we pimped up our Freeduino to play the Star Wars theme and drive an LED array. Video can be found here:

  2. PJ on August 11, 2009 at 9:27 pm

    This class was awesome! I had a lot of fun and loved the space! I have already purchased these items for my freeduino… protoshield, 4 BS18B20 temperature sensors, 434mhz transmitter and receiver, etc. I will definitely post everything I built. I did have to solder all of parts for the shield and I was able to do so confidently after taking this course. Thanks guys!

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