University Libraries Offer Arduino Technology Kits for Checkout

University Libraries Offer Arduino Technology Kits for Checkout
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Beginning this semester, the University Libraries will have seven Arduino kits for checkout. These kits contain components used to create electronic and digital devices. Users can learn simple tasks, such as how to adjust the brightness of an LED light, and also tackle more challenging projects, like using a remote to control a stepper motor. Kits are available on a first-come, first-served basis at the Help Desk on the lobby level of Mullins Library. 

"For engineering students, Arduino supports their developing skill sets of problem solving, programming, and a hands-on approach to learning," said Jay McAllister, engineering librarian. "For non-engineering students, you'll be surprised how Arduino can fit into different concentrations like music and fashion. For both, Arduino could support a senior design project or be a hobby. It's that kind of flexibility which makes Arduino a great fit with the Mullins Library."

McAllister started the Arduino kit project in collaboration with Vinson Carter, associate professor for the College of Education and Health Professions. Carter instructs future K-12 educators on using technology in the classroom. 

"The kits are a great opportunity to learn about how microcontrollers work and how they are connected to the technologies that we use every day," said McAllister. "I hope that students and other users will see that the Libraries are open to providing new and unique resources."

Kits may be checked out for seven days at a time with one renewal. Instructions for use, the kit loan policy and more can be found in the Arduino Research Guide.

Contacts

Jay McAllister, engineering librarian
University Libraries
479-575-2480, jmcalli@uark.edu

Kelsey Lovewell Lippard, director of public relations
University Libraries
479-575-7311, klovewel@uark.edu

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