Build Your Own
The Arduino is a simple programmable minicomputer. It allows you to make intelligent circuits. All information about the Arduino can be found at the Arduino Website
Where to Start?
Getting Started with Arduino has step-by-step information on setting up your Arduino (this page is part of the official Arduino website)
Arduino Examples contains tutorials on how to run the sample programs on your Arduino (these Examples are part of the official Arduino website)
Printouts handed out with the Arduino kit bought at Yerkes are available for download under stars.uchicago.edu/public/BuildYourOwn/Arduino/Printouts/.
Where to find Help? The main arduino site has a Frequently Asked Questions page that covers most problems. Since Arduino is non-commercial and open source, volunteers have put lots of information online (just google your problem). You can always ask Marc at Yerkes (berthoud at yerkes.uchicago.edu) if you can't find the answer to a problem. Also contact him if you have feedback or ideas for this site.
Where to purchase parts? Most general electronics stores such as Radio Shack will have the basic LEDs and resistors. There is a larger (and cheaper) selection online. Examples of such stores are SparkFun.com and AdaFruit.com.
The python programming language is one of the simplest yet most powerful programming languages.
Where to Start?
Installation instructions and links to tutorials are under bussard.yerkes.uchicago.edu/Outreach/ActivityPython. Use YaaysVisitor and yaays2008 to get in.
You can downloas python from bussard.yerkes.uchicago.edu/OutreachData/PyArduinoDownloads
We have a short tutorial files with examples under stars.uchicago.edu/public/WebApps.
The Yerkes Fablab allows visitors to develop and build their own devices and objects.