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: Microcontrollers allow you to interact with the real world through sensors, motors, lights, and other devices. They are essentially small programmable computers that can be used to perform a variety of tasks, control hardware, and execute subroutines. These small microprocessors allow anyone to build any type of intelligent technology with a simple to use, low cost piece of equipment. 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

Arduino Motion System

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

Raspberry Pi Servo Controller

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. In this advanced tech kit you will learn to use simple bash commands in a terminal application to send signals to a digital proportional servo motor.

Resources

Arduino Uno hardware

Arduino Uno Rev3

Quantity: 5

Description: 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.

Arduino IDE logo

Arduino IDE

Type: Software

Description: In the Arduino IDLE you can enter code and run programs.

 

Raspberry Pi

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

 

Resistor motion sensor

Motion Sensor for Raspberry Pi

Quantity: 15

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

Breadboard

Type: Hardware

Description: Breadboards are used to connect components and wire easily with the internally connected rows and columns.

 

Digital Servo

Digital Servo

Type: Hardware

Description: Digital Servos receive and direct action at high frequency voltage pulses using a small microprocessor.

 

RPIO Pi Extension

RPIO Pi Extension Board

Type: Hardware

Description: This extension board connects to the Raspberry Pi to enable the user to utilize all of the pins for prototyping.

 

GPIO Pi Extension Board

GPIO Pi Extension

Type: Hardware

Description: This extension board connects to your Raspberry Pi so that you can utilize all 40 of the Raspberry Pi's different pins for prototyping.

 

Snap circuit

Snap Circuits

Type: Hardware

Description: Snap Circuits teach basic circuitry with components that easily snap together to assemble electronic circuits.

Micro SD Card

Micro SD Card

Type: Hardware

Description: Micro SD cards are used for extra storage.

 

Ribbon Cable

Ribbon Cable

Type: Hardware

Description: The ribbon cable connects the breadboard and the GPIO extension board. among other connections.

 

Jumper wires

Jumper Wires

Type: Hardware

Description: Jumper wires are used for easy connection between components.

 

Led Lights (5mm)

Type: Hardware

Description: LED lights are used in many circuit assemblies for testing or some sort of signal for the circuit purpose.