Sun. June 23, 2013 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Ticketed event: $100.00
In order to demonstrate a low-cost, easy-to-integrate, hands-on module for an early programming course, we will step through the process of getting a Machine Science Kit up and running with embedded lessons. In this workshop participants would be given a Machine Science Breadboard Microcontroller Starter Kit to keep and will be introduced to the operation of the basic kit components. The Kit provides everything needed to get started in microcontroller programming. Each kit contains a: breadboard, flexible jump wire set, pre-bent jump wire set, resistors (various values), microcontroller (ATmega168), liquid crystal display (LCD), seven segment display, button switches, capacitors, infrared light sensor, temperature sensor, LEDs, piezospeaker, bent header (36-pin), programming board (USB), USB cable, AA rechargeable batteries (4) and a battery pack with switch. Introduction to each of the components will be accomplished through hands-on tutorials using well developed material allowing even those with limited microcontroller experience the ability to get started quickly. Methods on how to integrate these elements as well as samples of homework problems, lab assignments and assessment vehicles will be included in the dissemination material. Attendees will take away from this workshop the full kit, experience in creating a programmable circuit on the breadboard and the ability to write the C programs to control the microcontrollers. While the focus of the workshop is on integration in a first-year programming course those active in K-12 education should not be steered away as the Machine Science platform is very versatile and the material presented here can be tailored to fit.