The Arduino and Why We Should Go For it

Some of you might have heard or even used an Arduino before. But for those who hasn’t, it’s not too late to start! The Arduino is an open-source electronics platform based on flexible and easy-to-use hardware and software. Basically, the Arduino reads inputs and produces outputs (duh). You’ll need to do a little coding for this with Arduino’s language (it’s not that hard!) in Arduino IDE (free download!).



Now, you might be wondering, "so.... why the Arduino then?" Several reasons for you to go for the Arduino would be:


1. Cross-Platform Availability

A Mac user and you’re afraid the software is only available for Windows? Don’t worry, the Arduino IDE runs on Windows, Mac and Linux!

2. Simple

The programming environment is easy-to-use for beginners. However, it doesn’t limit advanced users to explore its full functionality!

3. Powerful

Starting from simply switching LEDs on and off, you can also make fancy decorations, create temperature and other sensors, and even other fun stuffs like flamethrowers, robot cars, etc!


4. Huge Learning Community

New to programming? Need someone to help you learn? Easy! The Arduino language is relatively easy to learn, and it has a massive learning community that will help you learn! You can visit the Arduino website’s project hub for inspirations.


Yes. It is (relatively) cheap. Especially when compared to other microcontroller platforms, the Arduino is very very very cheap. You can get it for under $50 and start having fun with it! What else is better for us students than cheap stuff right? Well, except free stuff…


Why wait? Go grab an Arduino and start having fun with it now!



Written by Dennis Ariyanto Darsono (MUEEC Committee 2017/2018)





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