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Welcome to your Little Bird Advent Calendar.

On Day 1 you will have opened the box and found your very own Little Bird Arduino R3

Lets plug it in and get started!

Parts

  • In your Web Browser navigate to the Arduino Software Page.

  • Download the latest version of the Arduino Software for your operating system and install it. (This is a basic software install).

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Open the Arduino Software by double clicking on the Arduino icon.
  • Open the Arduino Software by double clicking on the Arduino icon.

  • Open the software and wait for it to load. This can take up to 30 seconds.

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Plug the USB cable into an available port on your computer.   This is called an A to B cable!
  • Plug the USB cable into an available port on your computer. This is called an A to B cable!

  • Plug the other end into the Arduino Uno. A power light should come on (Green in my case).

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The Arduino Software is also called the Arduino IDE (Integrated Development Environment). The most important controls are the "Open", "Verify" and "Upload" buttons. 1) Verify Button
  • The Arduino Software is also called the Arduino IDE (Integrated Development Environment). The most important controls are the "Open", "Verify" and "Upload" buttons.

  • 1) Verify Button

  • 2) Upload Button

  • 3) New Sketch Button

  • 4) Open Sketch Button

  • 5) Save Sketch Button

  • 7) File

  • 8) Code Area

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  • There is a heap of different types of Arduino Boards. We need to tell the Arduino Software what type of board we are using.

  • From the menu bar select: Tools → Board → Arduino/Genuino Uno.

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  • We now need to tell the Arduino Software what Serial Port your Arduino is on. This will be different depending on your computer.

  • On Windows your Arduino will appear as a COM port, on macOS and Linux it will appear as a /dev/cu.usbmodemXXXXX.

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  • In the Arduino Software, go to File → Examples → Basic → Blink.

  • This will open the "Blink" example sketch.

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Click the "Upload" button (looks like an arrow) to verify and put the code onto the Arduino.
  • Click the "Upload" button (looks like an arrow) to verify and put the code onto the Arduino.

  • The "Upload" button verifies, compiles and uploads your code. If you just want to verify your code, click the "Verify" button.

  • The RX and TX lights on your Arduino will flash whilst the code is being uploaded to the board. After which, the onboard LED on pin 13 will continue to stay on for one second and turn off for one second.

  • Our Arduino Unos actually already come with the Blink Sketch pre-installed in the factory, so why don't we go an make some changes to the sketch so we can see a difference!

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Change the delay values in the code.   The value of 1000 is milliseconds, so this delay is 1 second.   Try changing the numbers and then uploading to the board. Change the delay value to 5000 and 2000,  press the tick to make sure your code still compiles and the arrow to upload.
  • Change the delay values in the code. The value of 1000 is milliseconds, so this delay is 1 second. Try changing the numbers and then uploading to the board.

  • Change the delay value to 5000 and 2000, press the tick to make sure your code still compiles and the arrow to upload.

  • Your onboard LED should now turn on for 5 seconds and stay off for 2 seconds.

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Change some more values or add some more lines and see what happens!
  • Change some more values or add some more lines and see what happens!

  • In the picture, the light turns on for 5, off for 2, on for 1, off for half a second.

  • Where HIGH = on and LOW = off

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Conclusion

Congratulations you've now installed the Arduino IDE software, and have control of your Arduino. If you're stuck or need some help, hit us up on the forum over at http://community.littlebirdelectronics.c... . We hope you enjoyed Day 1 of your Advent Calendar.

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