Curious about Arduino but not sure where to start? Attend the SparkFun Introduction to Arduino workshop! Instructors will introduce Arduino, walk you through some basic programming principles, and get you comfortable writing Arduino programs (called "sketches") that allow you to play with inputs and outputs like LEDs, light sensors, buzzers, and more. You will be the first to play with the brand new SparkFun ProtoSnap panel - an Arduino-compatible development platform aimed at teaching the basics of Arduino programming as quickly and efficiently as possible. ProtoSnap does not require any assembly, wiring, or soldering, so you can jump right into programming Arduino. By the end of the workshop you will grasp basic Arduino programming and will be ready to prototype and play! All attendees have the option to take home the ProtoSnap panel for a donation of $20 (considerably less than retail, and the proceeds go to the Science Museum of Minnesota!) - all of the individual boards in the ProtoSnap panel (including a Pro Mini) can be 'snapped' apart and used in future projects!
If you're interested in attending the workshop you will need to have a laptop with USB (netbooks will work but laptops are preferable) and the current version (0022) of Arduino software - it's safe and it's free! If you already have Arduino installed on your computer, please update to Arduino 0022. http://arduino.cc/en/Main/Software