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1  Topics / Education and Teaching / Re: What's your opinion on spending $50 on your kids education? on: April 04, 2011, 04:18:08 am
I like this idea. I use Arduino in my high school electronics course. I think it's a great way to introduce kids to programming and electronics. For the price it's hard to beat. My favorite part is watching the excitement in the beginning as students discover how to light up and sequence multiple LEDs. I love my job!

You can check my stuff out at

If you're so inclined you can also support my efforts to fund a teacher crated Arduino based high school textbook at:

Steve Dickie
Divine Child High School
2  Topics / Education and Teaching / Re: Arduino High School Textbook on: March 24, 2011, 08:15:53 am
Good idea. Typically, on the first day of the class I take them on a tour of some of the possibilities with Arduino. I could easily add that to the web site as well.

3  Topics / Education and Teaching / Arduino High School Textbook on: March 23, 2011, 07:00:55 am
Hey I figured this might be a good place to mention this. I've launched a Kickstarter project to fund the creation of a high school level textbook and associated curriculum materials. You can get full details on the kickstarter project page.

I've been teaching with Arduino for a few years now and I've been refining my delivery over time. I'm finally at the point where I'm about ready for prime time. If you're interested please consider supporting my project. The other way you can support me is by helping to spread the word.

In addition, I'm always open to suggestions if you have any recommendations for how I could do this better.

Steve Dickie
Divine Child High School
4  Topics / Education and Teaching / Re: Some help Please on: March 20, 2011, 08:32:12 am

I was just looking at your site and I am intrigued. You do seem to have the best prices on the market for Arduino related stuff. Your prices seem too good though. How can you sell for such low prices?

I ask, because I too teach with Arduino and I'm always looking for ways to get things for lower prices. And while I don't want to offend you, when things on the internet seem too good to be true they usually are. It would make it much easier to order from you if I had some idea how you could sell stuff for in some cases less than half what most other companies charge.

Steve Dickie
Divine Child High School
5  Topics / Education and Teaching / Re: I am using arduino in my 300-level electronics class on: February 04, 2011, 05:57:36 pm
If anyone's interested I've been working on a high school level curriculum that might be helpful for those just learning Arduino and electronics. You can find it at:

Probably too low a level for a 300 level university course, but there may be bits that could be useful.

Steve Dickie
Divine Child High School
6  Forum 2005-2010 (read only) / Troubleshooting / Re: Can't compile in Mac OS 10.6.1 Snow Leopard? on: October 10, 2009, 08:00:04 pm
Thanks, that fixed it! smiley
7  Forum 2005-2010 (read only) / Troubleshooting / Re: Can't compile in Mac OS 10.6.1 Snow Leopard? on: October 02, 2009, 12:06:41 pm
I have one of the first MacBooks, Core Duo (not Core2Duo). I don't think it will even do 64 bit.

I can't get Arduino0017 to compile any sketches. I tried the suggestion of selecting a board, but that didn't seem to do anything. I also went into Java Preferences to make sure it wasn't trying to launch all Java apps in 64 bit (I don't even have the option to)

I've included my error message below.

usage: dirname path

usage: dirname path

/Users/sdickie/Documents/Arduino Stuff/ line 5: /../avr-4/bin/gcc: No such file or directory

/Users/sdickie/Documents/Arduino Stuff/ line 5: exec: /../avr-4/bin/gcc: cannot execute: No such file or directory

/Users/sdickie/Documents/Arduino Stuff/ returned 126
8  Forum 2005-2010 (read only) / Development / Re: Arduino + Asus EEEPC works on: July 28, 2008, 08:06:42 pm
OK, I still need help. I can get Arduino and Processing both working, but I just don't seem to have enough space to fit Java, Arduino, and Processing. I tried to remove some packages I wasn't going to use (like Chinese support for Open Office) but removing the packages didn't seem to free up any space. I removed well over 100MB of stuff, but no space has become available.

Any thoughts?


9  Forum 2005-2010 (read only) / Development / Re: Arduino + Asus EEEPC works on: July 28, 2008, 04:48:18 pm
OK, I solved my own problem. Apparently the 2G Surf doesn't come with Java installed, and apparently Processing brings it's own Java along when you install it. This is why Processing Worked but Arduino didn't.  I followed these instructions fromm an eeepc forum:

I have just checked this link does work

The download is very quick though and it may appear as if nothing has happened. Check your /home/user/ folder.

Once you have the repositories set up once, installing most programs is a doddle.

Here are ALL the hoops you have to jump through:

1.  Download to /home/user/
2.  Press Ctrl+Alt+t
3.  Type sh
4.  Press [ENTER]
5.  Press R
6.  Press [ENTER]
7.  Press q
8.  Press [ENTER]
9.  Type sudo apt-get install xandros-sun-j2re1.5
10. Press [ENTER]
10  Forum 2005-2010 (read only) / Development / Re: Arduino + Asus EEEPC works on: July 28, 2008, 02:25:33 pm
I need some help. I followed the instructions outlined here to get Arduino working on a different eeePC and everything worked fine. So I ordered a couple 2G Surfs for my electronics class. I went through the instructions exactly as outlined and I get:

./arduino: line 16: java: command not found

I'm a total n00b when it comes to Linux, so any help would be greatly appreciated. So far I've tried:
  • Restarting
  • Running the update and install commands again (tells me everything is up to date)
  • Tried "sudo update-java-alternatives -s java-1.5.0-sun" but it told me the command was not found

So far I've only tried this on one of the two I ordered.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

New Addition:
Java seems to be working, I downloaded Processing and it seems to run fine.
11  Forum 2005-2010 (read only) / Troubleshooting / Re: WinXP Driver Issues on: March 28, 2008, 05:08:23 pm
Apparently 3-5 seconds from upload to reset works, but on the computer at school (running Win2k) no reset is needed.

Why would this be?

Thanks, btw for recommending a timing change.
12  Forum 2005-2010 (read only) / Troubleshooting / WinXP Driver Issues on: March 28, 2008, 09:55:55 am
I'm running WinXP Pro SP2 (up to date). Bare-Bones Board with the Decimilia. I've successfully uploaded a program to it from a computer at School (I'm a teacher), but I've been unable to get one of our laptops or my home computer to work with it.

I get the following error message
avrdude: stk500_getsync(): not in sync: resp=0x00
avrdude: stk500_disable(): protocol error, expect=0x14, resp=0x51

Which seems to mean the chip is not responding (according to stuff I've found on the web). I've confirmed that the proper port and board are selected from the Tools menu (and then changed them to the others to see what would happen). I've tried the latest drivers from the FTDI website and the drivers that came with arduino-0010. I've uninstalled and reinstalled the drivers. Restarted the computer repeatedly. Done a system restore to yesterday and tried it all again.

I have an LED plugged into pin 13 (the BBB doesn't include one). This LED will blink seemingly randomly for a couple of seconds when I plug in the FTDI TTL-232R cable and then the program I loaded previously will start. When I try to upload a new program the old one will stop and after a few more seconds I get the error message I listed above. The old program remains stopped until I hit the reset button, at which point it starts up again.

Stuff I've tried:
  • Upload a second time while program is stopped
  • Tried uploading while the LED does its mad blinking when I first plug it in
  • Pushed reset just prior to uploading
  • Pushed reset just after uploading

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. I was hoping to use the pile of these that I just soldered together with my students on Monday, but this will be difficult if I have only one computer that will work.
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