First Steps with the Arduino-UNO | Maker, MakerED, Coding | Part 1

20 Nov
First Steps with the Arduino-UNO | Maker, MakerED, Coding | Part 1




Unpacking the Starter-Kit


Unpacking my NEW Arduino-UNO Starter Kit, which I ordered at Conrad (English version), looks GREAT, quality stuff and well documented! Feeling HAPPY like a kid who got something NEW to play with it! Click here for the Conrad German version.

I just finished reading the included projects book: the project codes (Coding) don’t look that difficult; should be easy to learn. The book is very well documented, fool proof! Let the adventure begin!



It reminds me a bit my Commodore 64 (C64) time in the 80’s when I was coding in programming language Basic, although this time it is in programming language “C”.  Arduino, compared to the C64 it is 16 times faster and reduced to a credit card size!! Arduino has a GREAT HELP page section as well and a GREAT EDUcation site.

It is worth having a look ALSO on the Arduino EDUcation website with lots of projects! Arduino has become much more than just a tool for making, tinkering, and exploring physical and digital interaction, but an entire ecosystem supporting students across all disciplines. Arduino Education is committed to empowering educators with the necessary hardware and software tools to create a more hands-on, innovative learning experience.


Arduino EDUcation

Click the image please, to access the article.


Controlling if everything is in the package, reading the instructions (guide) in the book and assembling the experimentation plate, very easy!




Next step: Downloading and installing the IDE now. WHAT is an IDE?

After downloading and installing the IDE, refer to pages 16-18 in the German project book, and follow the instructions; you will check now if the communication between your Arduino and the computer is working; very easy to realize. I tried out the two different beginners examples without any problem. Nothing to fear to make the next steps, code doesn’t look that difficult neither!

The next adventures of coding will get published in another blog post, stay tuned 😉


FAQ’s about Arduino:

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GUST-AVRIL2014-800px-2L’auteur Gust MEES est Formateur andragogique / pédagogique TIC, membre du “Comité Conseil” de “Luxembourg Safer Internet” (LuSI), appelé maintenant BEESECURE, partenaire officiel (consultant) du Ministère de l’éducation au Luxembourg du projet  ”MySecureIT“, partenaire officiel du Ministère du Commerce au Luxembourg du projet ”CASES” (Cyberworld Awareness and Security Enhancement Structure). L’auteur était aussi gagnant d’un concours en électronique en 1979 ( Pays germaniques ) et voyait son projet publié dans le magazine électronique “ELO”.

The author Gust MEES is ICT Course Instructor, ”Member of the Advisory Board” from “Luxembourg Safer Internet” (LuSI), BEESECURE, Official Partner (Consultant) from the Ministry of Education in Luxembourg, project “MySecureIT“, Official Partner from the Ministry of Commerce in Luxembourg, project “CASES” (Cyberworld Awareness and Security Enhancement Structure).

The author was also a winner of an electronics contest (Germanic countries) in 1979 and got his project published in the “Electronics Magazine ELO”).


Stay tuned for next blog post(s) 😉..


Keywords necessary for me to create this blog post: Arduino website, tutorials, coding examples, step by step introduction, no fear, Arduino projects, Conrad, where to buy the stuff…





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