Arduino 101 - circuits

2016 iCreate Microcontroller Class

by Lynnette Reese, Technical Content Team Lead, Mouser Electronics

Arduino 101: Step-by-Step Instructions for Blinking LEDs and more

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 Arduino 101, USB Standard-A to Standard-B cable, resistors, LEDs, jumper wires and a small "breadboard" to poke pins in. If you are completely new to electronics and don't have familiarity with what a "circuit" is, then be sure to watch this Region 10 video: 

  1.  Arduino 101
  2. Kobitone Indicator/Buzzer
  3. Parrallax Breadboard
  4. LEDs diodes
  5.  (2) 100 omega resistors (see instructions)
  6. Cree, Inc. Green LED 20mA
  7. Cree, Inc. Red LED 20mA
  8. MikroElectronic Jumper Cables (pack of 10)

Safety: We will not be working with enough electricity to hurt anyone. The levels are low and touching anything as you are building it will not even cause a sensation in your fingertips.

Arduino 101 Workshop

Note: If you already have Arduino on your computer for a previous workshop, please make sure you have theArduino 1.6.9 version so we are all on the same page. You will also need to download an add-on program for the Arduino 101 “Curie” if you have never worked with an Arduino 101 before.  

You will need an internet connection and a laptop running one of the following (your instructor will be using Windows 7 or 8.1):

  1. Windows XP, 7, 8.1, or 10
  2. Mac OS X 10.7 Lion or newer
  3. Linux 32-bits or 64-bits

If you are an advanced user, you may want to look at instructions here: Getting Started Guide:

Or you can follow these instructions:

1. Download and install this software onto your laptop. If you have trouble, make sure that pop ups are enabled:
 a. Download the Arduino IDE, located here:
IDE = “Integrated Development Environment” It includes everything you will need on your laptop to “talk to” (program) the Arduino 101 board. 

2. We are working with a processor (a.k.a., “core”) that is new to the Arduino IDE (software). It is called the Curie. You will need to install a software add-on program so that the Arduino IDE will recognize the Curie core when we connect the Arduino 101 with a USB cable to the laptop later on. To understand this in more detail see the Guide to installing a core, otherwise, continue on:

3. Next, To install the Curie add-on program:

a. Once you have installed the Arduino IDE, you need to open it. On a Windows machine, you can go to the Start menu and look under All Programs to find and launch the Arduino software/program/IDE.

b. Next, Click on Tools and Boards, then Boards Manager

c. A window will pop up (see below). Scroll down to the Curie Board. Click on the More Info link and buttons will appear; then click on the Install button. Tools (a program) will start to download from the internet. This will take a few minutes.​

d. Another window may pop up asking you if you would like to install this device software. Click Install. You may have to do this several times.

e. Click close. If you get a notification that the software did not install correctly, make sure you are not on a network that has a firewall that prevents you from making installations.

f. Check and make sure that install was successful: Go back to step 3B, and if you were successful at installing the core, you will see this for the Curie board

You are now ready to use your Arduino!