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. This tech kit introduces and explores the Arduino, an electronics prototyping platform that consists of a physical, programmable circuit board and computer software used to write code to the board.

Intermediate

Using Microcontrollers to Sense 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 Arduino Integrated Software Environment (IDE) and the Arduino hardware. At the conclusion of this tech kit, users can develop a basic motion sensor that activates an LED light when movement is detected.

Advanced

Leveraging the Power of the Raspberry Pi

Length: 30 - 60 Minutes

Description: A Raspberry Pi is a small computer that plugs into a monitor and functions using a mouse and keyboard. It provides the functionality of the Linux OS but serves as a low-power alternative to using a full computer. This kit introduces the Raspberry Pi and tasks users with controlling a servo motor 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.