Please visit the arduino web site and download the Arduino software for your computer. You will need to install the FTDI drivers so that the Arduino microcontroller can talk to your computer. Follow the instructions for installing the drivers that come with the Arduino software, in the README.TXT file (under “INSTALLATION”). You should be able to start the Arduino “IDE” by clicking on the ARDUINO09 application (test this).
Please bring your computer (if it is a laptop) to class Thursday Aug 30 with this installation completed, so that you can get started immediately in class.