June 20, 2015

Think you can’t code an Arduino?

Arduinos require instructions in the form of computer code. The Arduino language is based on a common computer language called C / C++. If you have experience programming in either of these languages, controlling an Arduino will be really easy.Many of us have little or no experience writing code. The natural first reaction is: This is going to be too hard, I’ll never figure it out. In answer to that problem, a number of “graphical interfaces” have been developed. One of the most noted is an MIT project called Scratch. Scratch was developed, literally for teaching elementary school students how to code.

A couple of similar projects are in development for coding Arduinos. Using the free Minibloq (click to learn more) , by simply dragging blocks into position, Arduino code is written for you. If you are a bit intimidated by coding, this is a great way to get started.

This is an example of creating the popular Blink LED  program often used as a starting point for teaching about Arduinos

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A really great feature is the actual code is displayed in the right pane of the program so you can study the results of adding your blocks.

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Check out our Getting Started with the Arduino page for links to multiple Arduino development environments.