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What is Arduino?

Arduino is an easy-to-use microcontroller designed for everyone to use -- from beginners to accomplished engineers. Microcontrollers are tiny computers that can be used to make objects interactive. You can program your Arduino to take in information from its environment and turn that information into action. 

Getting Started

The Arduino Starter Kit comes with an easy to understand guide that includes tons of information to help you get started, including a description of all of the pieces in your kit. 

Before you start any projects using your Arduino, you will need to install Arduino's editing sofware on your computer. This software will allow you to write programs and upload them to your board. 

Check out the links below for more information about Arduino before you start programming:


The Arduino Projects Book that comes with the Arduino Starter Kit will walk you through easy-to-complete projects to help you learn how your Arduino works. 

Check out the resources below for even more project ideas:

For Educators

Interested in using Arduino in your classroom, but not sure where to start? Contact your Librarian, Muyi Ogunleye ( for support and resources. 

Use Arduino to introduce your students to:

  • Engineering & electronics
  • Automation & Internet of Things
  • Product design & innovation
  • Entrepreneurship

Students can:

  • Develop skills in coding & circuitry
  • Prototype new projects & inventions
  • Engage in project-based learning
  • Find solutions to modify existing products
  • Learn problem-solving & creative thinking skills

How Arduino is open-sourcing imagination

Watch Massimo Banzi, Arduino founder, explain how the microcontroller can inspire everyone to create cool things -- from toys to satellite gear.

Not sure what to make? Try these Arduino challenges!

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Arduino Components

Setting up the Arduino

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