Introduction: Arduino Nano Compatible Robo-Geek Kits

About: Omar Silva-Zapata is co-founder of Robo-Geek Inc.

Congratulations on purchasing the Arduino Nano compatible Robo-Geek kit. In this tutorial, we will guide you how to get you started with Arduino Nano compatible board.

The Arduino Nano compatible Robo-Geek kit was designed for those new to Arduino world who are interested in micro-robotics. This is an introductory kit, therefore we assume no prior experience. Recommended age is 10 years with parent supervision.


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Step 1: What Is Included?

The Arduino Nano compatible Robo-Geek kit includes the following:

1. Nano 3.0 compatible micro-controller with Arduino Nano CH340 USB driver x 1

2. USB cable Nano v3.0 x 1

3. 1.44 inch serial 128x128 SPI Color TFT LCD module x 1

4. Quality mini bread-board 8.5 cm x 5.5 cm 400 holes x 1

5. Ultrasonic module HCSR04 distance measuring transducer sensor x 1

6. 3mm color LED Diode x 10

7. male to male, male to female and female to female 20 cm Dupont cables x 6 of each type (total 18 cables)

8.1 K ohm 1/4 carbon film resistor 0.25 W 5% resistance

9. 6x6x5mm 4 pin mini-micro momentary tactile push button switch x 5

10. 8 x 6.2 x 3.9 inches clear accessory box with secure lid x 1

Step 2: Precautions When Working With Electronics

Common sense in many times is not common. If you are new to electronics, always follow instructions carefully.

1. Keep foods and liquids away
2. Don't work on a circuit while it is powered up.
3, Check your work before applying power the first time to avoid short circuits.
4. Avoid mains(wall socket) electricity unless you have proper training.
5. Consider removing rings, watches or jewelry to prevent shorts
6. Wash your hands before eating, some nasty chemicals are involved in the manufacturing process
7. Use an ESD wrist strap if desired or ground yourself first before handling a circuit.

What is Electrostatic Discharge (ESD)?

Certain components used in electronic assemblies are sensitive to static electricity and can be damaged by its discharge. Static charges are created when non-conductive materials are separated, such as when plastic bags are picked up or opened, when friction occurs between articles of synthetic clothing, when plastic tapes are dispensed and many other causes.

Destructive static charges are induced on nearby conductors, such as human skin, and delivered in the form of sparks passing between conductors, such as when the surface of printed board assembly is touched by a person having a static charge potential. If touched at the right solder joint or conductive pattern, the circuit board assembly can be damaged as the discharge passes through the conductive pattern to a static sensitive component. It is important to note that usually the static damage level for components cannot be felt by humans.

Other General Precautions:

1. Keep your working area clean

2. Adult supervision is required when working with electronics

3.Wearing a wrist strap connected to earth ground.

4. Wearing 2 heel grounders and have both feet on a static dissipation floor surface

We highly recommend to read the following article before you proceed to the next step:

Step 3: Keep Your Area Clean

1. Tidy up your area BEFORE working on your project.

2. Tidy up your area AFTER you finish working with your project.

It sounds simple because it is!

Please take your time, small electronics can be a hazard for young kids and pets. Make sure everything goes back to the container. The container included in this kit is big enough to house your working projects so no reason to have cables or resistors to be all over the place. Be considerate to others and tidy up.

Step 4: Tutorials

The following links will point you to the tutorials, please complete in order. It's important to build up your comfort level and complete each tutorial.

Tutorial 1: Arduino Nano Compatible Robo-Geek Kits

Tutorial 1 refers to this tutorial. Important: Read all Steps in this tutorial before proceeding to Tutorial 2.

Tutorial 2: Getting Started with Arduino Nano

Tutorial 3: Turning LEDs on and off sequentially and simultaneously

Tutorial 4: Using Micro-switch to turn an LED

Tutorial 5: Using TFT 1.44 with Arduino Nano


Tutorial 7: HCSR04 with LED

Tutorial 8: Distance Display Monitor

Coming Soon! Stay tuned.

Step 5: Where to Order the Kits and How to Contact Us?

If you are interested in purchasing the Arduino Nano compatible Robo-Geek kits, please contact us at:

Currently we only distribute in Canada.