Microcontrollers

Microcontrollers are small computers that are integrated into many of the technologies that we use today. Microcontrollers can be found in automatically controlled devices, medical devices, power tools, and even toys. Microcontrollers can be used to easily develop a variety of different electronic devices. They are able to take code and immediately convert it into physical actions.

Tech Kits

Tech Kits are part of the walk-in service provided by OPIM Innovate. There are three levels of difficulty meant for different users and their experience with the different technologies. Many of the Tech Kits build off each other as you progress.

Beginner

Introducing Microcontrollers

Length: 30 - 60 Minutes

Description: A microcontroller is a compact integrated circuit that is designed to perform a given operation in an embedded system. It typically includes a processor, memory, and input/output (I/O) peripherals on a single chip. This tech kit introduces the Arduino, an open-source, electronics prototyping platform that consists of a physical, programmable circuit board and a piece of computer software used to write and upload code to the board. By stimulating real-world outcomes using interactions involving basic sensors, motors, lights, and other devices, the Arduino allows users to build intelligent technology with simple to use, low-cost equipment. To demonstrate this power, this tech kit guides users as they configure the Arduino microcontroller system to display blinking LED lights.

Intermediate

Motion

Length: 30 - 60 Minutes

Description: This tech kit expands upon the Arduino introduction provided in the Beginner kit. It guides users as they leverage the open-source Arduino Integrated Software Environment (IDE) and the Arduino hardware. At the conclusion of this tech kit, users are armed with the skills to develop a basic motion sensor that activates an LED light when movement is detected.

Advanced

Raspberry Pi

Length: 30 - 60 Minutes

Description: A Raspberry Pi is a credit-card sized computer that plugs into a TV or computer monitor and functions using a simple mouse and keyboard. It provides the functionality indicative of the Linux operating system but serves as a low-cost, low-power alternative to using a fully-functioning computer. The Raspberry Pi was designed in 2011 by the Raspberry Pi Foundation to allow people of all ages to explore computing and learn programming languages like Python. This tech kit provides an introduction to the Raspberry Pi and tasks users with the goal of controlling a servo motor’s position using one.

Resources

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Raspberry Pi

Quantity:
Raspberry Pi B+: 13
Raspberry Pi 2: 1
Raspberry Pi 3: 6

 

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Arduino Uno Rev3

Quantity: 5

Includes the Official Starter Kit from Arduino, MAKE Magazine's "Getting Started with Arduino: The Open Source Electronics Prototyping Platform" and Speed Kits handy PIN-OUT Reference Chart for the Uno R3.

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Motion Sensor for Raspberry Pi

Quantity: 15

The Adjustable PIR Motion Sensor is a highly integrated module popularly used for entry detection, it complies with microcontroller or DC loads.

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Intel Edison Kit for Arduino

Quantity: 1

Intel® Edison Kit for Arduino provides the Arduino 1.0 pinout and standard connectors such as a micro USB connected to a UART, a USB OTG port that can be switched between a second micro USB device connector, a standard size USB host Type-A connector, a uSD card holder, and a DC power jack.