Sometimes the right moment is just waiting to happen. For months there was background interest in micro controllers but never to the level that would support an ongoing meetup. Then Saturday happened.
A full load of 12 students showed up to take Arduino 101 from Master Instructor Ted and wow! did we accomplish a lot! Not only did we have a good time but by the end everyone had their IDE installed, had their computer communicating with their Arduinos and had successfully implemented sketches to make an LED blink. Hello world! That’s a lot of progress in a short time.
There was enthusiasm in the room. Everyone professed to having ambitions for using Arduinos in projects. Attendees wanted to have a group of like-minded people with whom they could continue to meet and learn. Hearing all this, Ted committed to future classes and to considering a regular group that could meet at Nova Labs.
From the feeling in the room I suspect the right moment happened.
The Arduino took off at Nova Labs.
Productive interactive learning took place during Arduino 101.