For the workshop of next weekend, 6 & 7 November, we are providing the basic components of an Arduino, so the Atmega chip; a crystal and some more..
To make this microcontroller, there are several tutorials online. Here’s a list:
Using the components of this Instructable, but more towards a breadboard set-up, you can really easily use this tutorial by Tom Igoe:
– if you want to go really minimal: http://www.instructables.com/id/Standalone-Arduino-ATMega-chip-on-breadboard/
– the lay-out of the Atmega chip: http://www.instructables.com/id/Bare-Bones-Breadboard-Arduino-Labels/