This set is meant to be an introduction to the Thimble Learning Platform, the Arduino IDE, microcontroller programming, LEDs, and electronics. The idea is to get your feet wet to help you decide if you enjoy this stuff so that you can decide if you want to build bigger and better projects. This guide will take you through three introductory projects: Blinking an LED, Reading a Potentiometer, and Dimming an LED. By completing these projects you will gain an understanding of: microcontrollers, the Arduino IDE, basic programming, electricity, potentiometers, and serial communication.
If you enjoy completing these projects, we highly encourage you to take a look at all of the projects available in the Creator Set. If you really enjoy it, included with your kit is a small card that includes a discount code for new subscriptions!
The Seeeduino is an Arduino-compatible microcontroller platform.
A microcontroller is a small computer that integrates the central processing unit (CPU), memory, and input/output peripherals. We write code on a computer, upload it to the microcontroller, and the microcontroller runs this code to perform calculations and interact with peripheral input and output devices. These devices can be sensors (ie: a temperature sensor), indicators (LEDs), or actuators (motors).
Arduino is an open-source electronics platform based on easy-to-use hardware and software. Here is a read a very detailed history of the platform. Arduino boards are the physical circuit boards that contain the microcontroller. The Arduino brand is trademarked by Arduino AG, and the design itself is open source and free to use. Accordingly, there are many Arduino-compatible boards in existence. One of them, the Seeeduino, is the board that we use in this kit. This board improves on the original design through the addition of a 3.3V/5V selector switch, a side-mounted reset button, and the addition of Grove connectors.