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1  Using Arduino / Project Guidance / Re: In need of some help for project: GPS Tracker on: September 21, 2012, 02:09:52 am
The problem is not how to make a connection i guess...
WHEN it makes a connection it can send all GPS data to a website.
Then we now where the bike or car has been or is at the moment.
Problem is the GPS module outputs serial data to a SD card or to the arduino directly.

The big question is, can we read that data that comes from the GPS module and send it through the wifi-shield?
connection or no connection. maybe we can read the data with the wifi-shield and store the data on the internel SD card from the wifi-shield and send it all at once when there's a connection?

2  Topics / Education and Teaching / Re: Starting Arduino Project At High School on: January 19, 2012, 06:35:29 am
Hi all,

Promised in teh beginning to post some ideas and also keep you all posted on how i do this in the classroom...
Well, here goes...

Last week was my first lessen, i didn't completely devote all the hours for that week to it but just to let them knwo what we were going todo.
  • showed them the inventors kit
  • told them they would have to look for an interesting goal (like a small robot)
  • told them they had to maintain a blog with all the links, ideas, pictures, video's and progress they would make
  • showed them the first pages of the manual we use with some of the basic stuff in it...
their curiosity was visible :-)

Today i explained some basics of electricity (current (I), resistance (Ohm), power (P expressed in Watt) and so on...
I made some exercices with the formulas and then i gave them their kits.
  • showed them the manual and how to assemble
  • connect to the computer
  • upload first sketch with blinking led

Everytime I'm going to give them an hour of theoretics and some small exercices and then they can use that info for some new things to use for their robot...
This seems to work for me, and them...

I'm having fun!

3  Topics / Education and Teaching / Re: Starting Arduino Project At High School on: December 20, 2011, 03:36:35 pm
For the one's who need it!

This can help in your classes. The explanation is short, clear, to the point... i like it!


4  Topics / Education and Teaching / Re: Starting Arduino Project At High School on: December 19, 2011, 03:10:33 pm

Due to some minor setbacks i had to wait, and wait on my ARDX-kits but...
I got my 11 inventors kits today and started the first tests...
I got my kits from an electroshop in Dendermonde who based the kit on an ADAFruit tutorial.
Wasn't so expensive (about 80 euro's) and it came with breadboard, cables, a servo, a DC-motor, a buzzer, leds, ... you name it and it's in there :-)

Started with the blinking led and the first questions kame to mind already :-)

Hoping to have some good lessons in januari.

I'll keep you posted on how it goes.

5  Topics / Education and Teaching / Re: Starting Arduino Project At High School on: October 13, 2011, 01:27:52 pm
I'm not sure if that works for every student. There are also students who don't have it in them... students who don't see the link between hardware and software, between an arduino board and your automatic parking system... So you need to help them A LOT ! taht doesn't mean they are not motivated...

I agree with millis to take small steps and don't get your hopes up to much  smiley
I'm using the arduino to teach them electronics (Ohm's law, Volt, resistors, diodes,...) because you can actually let them put in practice what they've seen and read about. see previous post with courses...

Putting all together they will stay motivated because they know it could go everywhere with the arduinoboard. (car, parking system, webserver, lcd-screen, mini bots,...)

I promised them that we would create a small robot, but they don't know they will get thought electronics during the process smiley-lol

and now i'm going back to look at some tutorials  smiley-sweat


6  Topics / Education and Teaching / Re: Starting Arduino Project At High School on: October 13, 2011, 06:29:37 am
Hi all,

I'm starting a similar project for my students... (16-year old, no knowlegde in IT for now...located in Antwerp, Belgium)
Starting from scratch as they don't have any knowledge of electronics what so ever.

I found this: to explain them the basics of electronics combined with the arduino board.

I'm a hardware instructor, and this will be the first time i'm going to tackle the arduino-robot project.
My goal is to create a simple autonomous robot with my students and i've got half a schoolyear time to get to that.
Starting in January... buying Arduino kits next week.

Hope we can all learn from this forum topic... looks promissing

Regards and success
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