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Arduinos for Total Newbies is a beginner-friendly class about making electronics projects using an Arduino.
  • NEXT EVENT: TBD, Volunteer to teach. Stay tuned for another Arduino For Total Newbies workshop...
  • LAST EVENT: The last Arduino For Total Newbies workshop was on Saturday afternoon, March 18th, 2017!
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Learn Arduino
using TV-B-Gone
as an example project


Arduino For Total Newbies workshop at Noisebridge
Arduino For Total Newbies workshop 29-March-2015 at Noisebridge

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. If you can do this project, you can do anything!

Full Description:[edit]

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. No prior knowledge is needed.

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.

For more info (and workshop downloads), check out the Arduino For Total Newbies workshop webpage.

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

Workshop Itinerary[edit]

  • 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 well over 70,000 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 it's time to make something and learn how easy it is to use Arduino! 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: 1:00pm-4:30pm, Saturday, March 18th, 2017
     Where: Noisebridge map
     Who: Anyone and everyone can have fun learning Arduino. Ages 10 to 100
     Max #: 50 participants -- This workshop will fill up, so please do arrive early!
           -- Precedence given to those who register in advance to take this workshop:
     Cost: $35 for materials -- includes everything you need to make your Arduino TV-B-Gone!
          And you get to bring home your Arduino TV-B-Gone and all materials to play with Arduino at home (or wherever you want).

     Instructor: Mitch Altman

     Precedence given to those who register in advance to take this workshop:

Buy a kit to guarantee a seat, or come by early! (And please do arrive early, regardless!)

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


Mitch Altman <mitch AT CornfieldElectronics DOT com>