ProtoSnap Materials by Linz Craig, Jeff Branson and Bobby Chan
Learn microcontroller basics using the ProtoSnap board.
The ProtoSnap board has analog and digital inputs and outputs already connected to it. Learn how to program microcontrollers without having to connect any circuits. We use this platform to introduce people to microcontroller basics in as little as one or to hours. Concepts that will be covered include:
Fair Use Building and Research Labs Presents Circuit and Breadboard Basics
Learn about breadboards, series and parallel circuits and basic sensors with this power point by Rick Anderson.
This power point has plenty of room for customization by teachers. It covers the basic concepts needed to introduce students to Microcontrollers and Sensors.
Introduction to Arduino by Alan Smith
An introduction to Arduino, microcontrollers and electrical circuits by Alan Smith.
This document is intended to get the beginner started with Arduino by creating projects. It goes a little more in depth than most introductions by branching out to things like LCD screens, tilt sensors and joystick input after covering the basics. Concepts that will be covered include:
The SparkFun Inventor's Guide is your map for navigating the waters of beginning embedded electronics. This booklet contains all the information you will need to explore the 15 circuits of the SparkFun Inventor's Kit for Educators.
Fritzing is ansoftware for designers, artists and just anyone who has interest in physical computing and prototyping.
Fritzing's goal is to provide easy tools for documenting and sharing physical computing projects, producing layouts for Printed Circuit Boards (PCB) and teaching electronics.
Table of contents:
To learn how to use Fritzing's PCB design tools, go through the following steps and guidelines:
When beginning to explore the world of electricity and electronics, it is vital to start by understanding the basics of voltage, current, and resistance. These are the three basic building blocks required to manipulate and utilize electricity. At first, these concepts can be difficult to understand because we cannot “see” them. One cannot see with the naked eye the energy flowing through a wire or the voltage of a battery sitting on a table.
We live in an analog world. There are an infinite amount of colors to paint an object (even if the difference is indiscernible to our eye), there are an infinite number of tones we can hear, and there are an infinite number of smells we can smell. The common theme among all of these analog signals is their infinite possibilities.
Digital signals and objects deal in the realm of the discrete or finite, meaning there is a limited set of values they can be. That could mean just two total possible values, 255, 4,294,967,296, or anything as long as it’s not ∞ (infinity).
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