BASIC Stamp Educators Course 1: What's a Microcontroller
This course focuses on the electronic components and design principles that go into most common digital devices. Course activities are drawn from "What's a Microcontroller?" and the BASIC Stamp Activity Kit. The text was written for high school students; discussion will include stragegies for adapting the material to different subjects and age levels.
- Introduction to the BASIC Stamp microcontroller
- Introduction to PBASIC programming with the BASIC Stamp Editor
- Building a simple light circuit and sending signals to blink lights
- Building and monitoring a pushbutton circuit to control a light
- Controlling a servo motor
- Monitoring circuits to read a dial and a light sensor
- Playing tones on a piezospeaker
- Programming & computing: writing programs, displaying messages, remembering values, computation with math operators
- Electricity & Electronics: building circuits, voltage, resistance, current, signal generation and monitoring
- Physics: light spectrum, frequency and sound
Prerequisites & Equipment
- Basic computer skills required include installing software, connecting peripherals to a USB port, navigating between windows, and using a mouse. No programming or electronics experience is absolutely required, but some is definitely helpful.
- Bring your own Windows laptop computer, or a Mac running VMFusion; download and install the BASIC Stamp Editor software. Boe-Bot Robot hardware to use during the course will be supplied.
Scheduling & Registration