Robotic Arts Intro Fall 2018 (IA277.01)

09/07: Looking closer --- [basic components]

Welcome back!

Today is the day of elements! We will go over and experiment with key componets to electronics.
We will go over together:

  1. What is electricity?
  2. Properties of electricity (water analogy)
  3. Prototyping materials
  4. Using a multimeter
  5. Polarity
  6. Ohm's law
  7. Reading resistor codes
  8. Reading schematics
  9. basic components
  10. First circuit
  11. DEMO : soldering with Prototyping board

and we will work on Day circuit and Night circuit

  1. Prototyping day sensor or night sensor circuits on breadboard
  2. test with Makey Makey
  3. Soldering components to Perferated board
  4. Testing your board
  5. Trouble shooting


when thousands of cable crowded the skies

Submarine Cable map

Peter Vogel

form, line, color, texture

Bonnie Crawford


Soldering is a skill, and you will get better with practice. Don't worry too much if it seems hard now. Take your time! We will go over together:

  1. Soldering temperature is typically 650 degrees F / 350 degrees C. It's very hot!
  2. Never leave a soldering iron on while unattended (our soldering stations only take about 10 seconds to reach temperature)
  3. Always use helping hands to hold wire and electronic components
  4. Most soldering jobs will only take a few seconds of contact. Check iron temperature if it's taking longer
  5. Do not use soldering irons to burn or melt things. We have a heat gun for that kind of work
  6. Do not eat or drink while soldering. Be sure to wash your hands to minimize possible lead exposure
  7. Use a fume extractor and goggles when soldering.
  8. Take your time!


Install Arduino IDE

  • Please install Arduino IDE software from here
  • If you have trouble installing to Windows, please try this


  • Medium from Abstracting Craft: The Practiced Digital Hand by Malcolm McCullough


  • Finish making Day circuit / Night circuit
  • Create two switches out of three choices below:
    1. requires two or more people to activate
      requires body other than pressing with your finger
      require objects to activate