Blink with ATTiny45

This activity gives students the ability to learn to solder, program microcontrollers, and read binary using an ATTiny45 microcontoller and a custom made PCB.

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Illuminated Baby Mobile

When one of my nerdy friends announced he was having a child I decided to make a unique gift. This consisted of laser cut and etched Star Trek and Star Wars shapes that were attached to a base that had a stepper motor, rechargeable battery, motor driver, and microcontroller. Fiber Optics were used to illuminate the shapes and make everything look super awesome!

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Makey Makey and the Math Maze

This activity focused on using modified Makey Makey’s to teach students how to follow the scientific method to determine how to control text input to a computer and then use that input to navigate a maze using math (www.the-frozen-tundra.com/maze).

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Arctic Research based on an Arduino platform

This experiential learning project was designed to teach students in high school and college how to use embedded electronics to accomplish things in the field as a proof of concept.

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Wiring Projects

Any student in physics, especially a gifted student, needs to be exposed to creative design in addition to standard learning techniques. Second semester physics students are required to complete a wiring project to encourage implementing creative design. They are given a standard size shelf (approx. 2ft by 1ft) where they have to build a scene using cardboard, basic art supplies, and basic electronics, including switches, LED’s, light bulbs, diodes, and motors. As part of the scene, students must wire in both series and parallel circuits, build a bridge rectifier, and make independent circuits that are controlled by switches. Each project is required to have a consistent theme and be constructed from approved materials.

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