HW 1 - Microcontroller Kit

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10 points. Due Friday, 9/13 by 5pm

Completed Boarduino - Image courtesy of Adafruit


You will solder an Arduino-compatible microcontroller kit and verify that it works by uploading a simple program to it.


  • Once you are officially enrolled in the class and you have paid your $125 lab fee, you will receive a Boarduino microcontroller kit from us - it consists of a partially populated printed circuit board, some components, a breadboard, and a mini USB cable.
  • Assemble and solder the kit following the USB Boarduino step-by-step tutorial.
  • Attend the Soldering Lab this week to pick up the necessary skills.
  • Install the Arduino IDE on your laptop and learn how to program your board over USB (there are instructions for the older DC Boarduino - you do not have to use a special cable, as you already have the USB chip on board). Become familiar with the Arduino program terminology by looking at some of the provided example code.
  • Modify the test example that blinks the on-board LED on pin 13 at a rate of 10Hz, 50% duty cycle (50ms on / 50ms off) to convince yourself that your board works.

What to Submit

This is a short assignment at most of you can finish during your soldering lab. If you are done by Wednesday, bring your completed Boarduino board to class. Load a sketch that blinks the internal LED on pin 13 with a delay of 50ms on / 50ms off. Show the working board to course staff. Otherwise, bring your board in during lab hours this week and show the working board to a lab manager, who can check you off.