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Tech Lending Program: Arduino Project Kit

The Arduino Project Kit

What is the Arduino Project Kit?

"This kit walks you through the basics of using the Arduino in a hands-on way. You'll learn through building several creative projects. The kit includes a selection of the most common and useful electronic components with a book of 15 projects. Starting the basics of electronics, to more complex projects, the kit will help you control the physical world with sensor and actuators."


How do I check out the Arduino Project Kit?

The items that are part of the Tech Lending Program are checked out on a first-come, first-served basis at the Services Desk in Honnold/Mudd Library by current Claremont Colleges students, faculty, and staff who have a valid library account.

An optional consultation is available to patrons who wish to receive an orientation on how to use any of the items in the Tech Lending Program. Patrons who wish to have this orientation should email, to set up an appointment.

All items are available for a checkout period of 4 days with no renewals. Items are available for checkout only to students, faculty, and staff of the Claremont Colleges. You can check the current availability of this item through the following link: Arduino Project Kit

Prior to borrowing an item from the Tech Loaning Program for the first time, all users must sign a copy of the 'Claremont Colleges Technology Borrowing Agreement.

Late fines for these items are $1/hour; items are considered lost after 24 hours and users will be charged the full replacement cost at that time.

The complete loan policy is available on the 'Claremont Colleges Technology Borrowing Agreement, which can be found below:

What's in the Box!

The following items should be included in the box (many of them are color coded).

Name of Component Description Number
1. Arduino Uno Microcontroller Arduino Uno Microcontroller mounted on wooden platform with Breadboard 1
2. USB Cable Cable allows to to hook up Arduino Microcontroller to Computer for programming and can also supply power 1
3. Liquid Crystal Display Alphanumeric display in two rows with sixteen characters each 1
4. DC Motor Converts electrical energy into mechanical energy to spin the shaft of the motor 1
5. Servo Motor Geared motor that can only move 180 degrees.  Comes with three different head styles. 1
6. Battery Snap Used to hook up a 9 volt battery to the Arduino 1
7. Piezo Can detect sound or convert electricity into sound 1
8. Diodes Ensures electricity only flows in one direction 7
9. Light Emitting Diodes Type of diode that illuminates when electricity passes through it

8 Red,
8 Green,
7 Yellow,
3 Cyan

10. Pushbutton switches Momentary switches that close a circuit when they are pressed 10
11. Tilt Sensor Type of switch that is either open or closed based upon its orientation 1
12.  Transistor Acts as an electronic switch 7
13. Resistors Restricts the flow of electricity, thereby changing voltage and current 22     220 ohm,
7     560 ohm,
7     1K ohm,
7     4.7K ohm,
22     10k ohm,
7     1M ohm,
14     10M ohm
14. Potentiometer Variable resistor 3 potentiometers w/ white knobs
15. Photoresistor Variable resistor that changes resistance based upon amount of light detected 6
16. Gels Used in conjunction with the photoresistors, they can filter out certain wavelengths of light 1 of each color (red, green, & blue)
17. Capacitors Store and release electrical energy 13
18. Temperature Sensor Changes voltage output depending on temperature 1
19. H-bridge Circuit that allows you to control polarity of voltage 1
20. Optocoupler Allows connection of two circuits that do not share a common power supply 2
21. Male Header Pins Used to connect to female sockets on breadboard 40
22. Jumper Wires Used to connect components on the breadboard  
23. Wooden Inserts Various wooden inserts used to complete projects 6
24. Arduino Project Book Introduction book for the Arduino project kit.  Also contains 15 projects to construct 1
??. Special LEDs   2

Items You Will Need to Supply

In addition to the items that come with the Arduino Project kit, there are several items that you will need to supply if you want to complete all the projects detailed in the project book. 

These items are as follows:

  • 9 volt battery
  • Small light source (such as a flashlight)
  • Conductive material (aluminum foil or copper mesh)
  • Colored Paper
  • Scissors
  • An old CD or DVD
  • Tape and glue

Arduino Setup

Before you are to use the Arduino Project Kit to control your project, you will first need to download the software that will enable you to control the Arduino motherboard.  The software is capable running on Windows, Mac OS, or Linux.  Below can be found the links to download the software for each platform, as well as installation instrucions.


Instructions for Windows
The Arduino is currently capable of running on Windows 7, Vista, and XP


Instructions for Mac OS X
The Arduino is currently capable on Mac OS X 10.7 or newer.


Instructions for Linux
The Arduino is currently capable on Linux.