On Friday we were introduced to Arduino, a programmable mictrocontroller that began as a project for students in 2005, and is now renowned worldwide for it’s immense capabilities and interactive approach to the world around it.
In the box, we got the Arduino board itself, a breadboard (where we attach all the components), resistors, LEDs, a motor and numerous other interesting stuff. Plus, a great guidebook that took us through different projects that individually incorporated each of the different parts included. The temperature sensor was particularly frascinating!
One of the important things to remember when connecting :Ed lights is the use of resistors so that an excess of current does not flow through them. This allows them to safely operate for long periods of time without, well, blowing up.