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Optional Materials for take home kits. Kits will be supplied for free learning during camp.
SparkFun Inventor's Kit - v4.0
The SparkFun Inventor's Kit (SIK) is a great way to get started with programming and hardware interaction with the Arduino programming language. The SIK includes everything you need to complete five overarching projects consisting of 16 interconnected circuits that teach everything from blinking an LED to reading sensors. The culminating project is your very own autonomous robot! No previous programming or electronics experience is required to use this kit.
The full-color, spiral-bound SIK guidebook (included) contains step-by-step instructions with circuit diagrams and hookup tables for building each project and circuit with the included parts. Full example code is provided, new concepts and components are explained at point of use, and troubleshooting tips offer assistance if something goes wrong.
The kit does not require any soldering and is recommended for beginners ages 10 and up who are looking for an Arduino starter kit. For SIK version 4.0 we took an entirely different approach to teaching embedded electronics. In previous versions of the SIK, each circuit focused on introducing a new piece of technology. With SIK v4.0, components are introduced in the context of the circuit you are building, and each circuit builds upon the last, leading up to a project that incorporates all of the components and concepts introduced throughout the guide. With new parts and a completely new strategy, even if you've used the SIK before, you're in for a brand-new experience!
Nano Drones to work with and keep at the end of camp.
Optional Purchase: buy your own Micro:bit kit to take home at the end of the camp week.
Kits will be provided for free learning use during camp week, but only those who purchase the kits will get to take one home.
The micro:bit is a pocket-sized computer that lets you get creative with digital technology. You can code, customize and control your micro:bit from anywhere! Use your micro:bit for all sorts of unique creations, from robots to musical instruments and more. At half the size of a credit card, this board is equipped with a surprising amount of hardware, including 25 red LED lights that can flash messages. There are two programmable buttons that can be used to control games or pause and skip songs on a playlist. The micro:bit can even detect motion and tell you which direction you’re heading. It can also use Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) to interact with other devices and the internet.
This micro:bit Go Bundle provides you with everything you need to get hooked up and powered. This kit includes the micro:bit, a short USB cable, a AAA battery holder and AAA batteries. Also inside the Go Bundle you will find a Quick Start Guide with four unique ideas to get you started with micro:bit! The Go Bundle is a quick and economical way to get started with the micro:bit.
On the front of the board you will find the 5x5 LED array, which you can use as a light sensor; a tiny screen to draw on or display words, numbers and other information; and the two programmable buttons! On the back of the board you will find the brains of the micro:bit, a 16MHz, 32-bit ARM Cortex-M0 microcontroller with 256KB Flash, 16KB RAM and a built-in temperature sensor. Additionally, the back of the micro:bit is populated by an accelerometer, compass and Bluetooth Smart antenna, as well as a microUSB and two-pin JST connector for different power options. Finally, at the bottom of the board you will find 20 gold-tabbed edge pins and five ring connectors (three for digital/analog I/O, two for power and ground) for hooking up external components. The tabs with larger holes can be easily used with alligator clips to prototype added components quickly.
The micro:bit has even supplied an intuitive mobile app that lets you send your code to your micro:bit over Bluetooth (without using a USB cable). With this app you will be able to interact with your micro:bit on a higher level of accessibility.
LilyPad ProtoSnap Plus Kit
The LilyPad ProtoSnap Plus Kit is an all-in-one e-textile prototyping kit that has been specifically designed to make it as easy as possible to incorporate electronics into any of your garments or fabrics. The included LilyPad ProtoSnap Plus is a sewable electronics powerhouse that you can use to explore circuits and programming, then break apart to make an interactive fabric or wearable project. We have also included a USB cable, 110mAh LiPo battery, needle set and two conductive thread bobbins. With all of these parts combined and the featured Activity Guide (found in the Documents tab), you will be able to plan and create fantastic projects in no time!
At the center of the ProtoSnap Plus is the LilyPad USB Plus microcontroller, pre-wired to a LilyPad board including a LilyPad Light Sensor, LilyPad Buzzer, LilyPad Button Board, four pairs of colored LilyPad LEDs and a LilyPad Slide Switch. Because these components are connected together on the ProtoSnap board, you can test out your project ideas before you sew. The ProtoSnap Plus also includes expansion ports that let you sew your wearables together or use alligator cables to easily connect external sensors and components. After testing out your coding ideas using the attached LilyPad pieces, you can break apart the prototyping board and sew them into your project!
We have also written an online Activity Guide that teaches you how to program in Arduino with the LilyPad ProtoSnap Plus. This guide includes 10 example activities that use the pre-wired LilyPad boards on the LilyPad ProtoSnap Plus after you've completed the Hookup Guide linked below and in the Documents tab.
Please be aware that the Lilypad ProtoSnap Plus Kit is NOT supported on Windows 7/8 due to a lack of support drivers for those specific OS's.
Note: A portion of this sale is given back to Dr. Leah Buechley for continued development and education in e-textiles and also to Arduino LLC to help fund continued development of new tools and new IDE features.
As students’ interest is determined, additional project work may be completed of building circuits, apps or video games, utilizing the same languages.
This camp will introduce the beginning coder to the language syntax, coding methods, as well as provide room for growth for students that accelerate their skills during the week.
- 1 Week, June 3-7, 2019, 9 am-4 pm, maximum of 15 students
- Lunch break daily, students can bring a sack lunch or money for an in-building grill or Chipotle across the street on campus.
- Camp includes a campus tour, presentation by University staff of degree programs, and CU Engineering student project presentation.
- All classes will be held in the Computer Lab, College of Engineering and Applied Sciences, 1200 Larimer St.
- Curbside drop off area & metered parking available at back of Engineering building