Connecting Hardware to Software: Making Connections with Arduino and Processing
Presented by Josh Pudaloff on March 6, 2013 at 7pm
Description: “Arduino is an open-source electronics prototyping platform based on flexible, easy-to-use hardware and software. It's intended for artists, designers, hobbyists, and anyone interested in creating interactive objects or environments.” - Arduino homepage (http://arduino.cc)
Josh has found that making use of the Arduino and its physical/software environment can capture the interest of some and gets them interested in computing, including some who otherwise may not have had any interest in "traditional" programming classes.
Arduino can be a small computer available online ($29.95) or even locally at RadioShack ($34.95 local). The computer can be connected by USB to your Mac or PC for programming. It can receive input from a variety of sensors and can control lights, motors, and other devices. The unit is programmed in the Arduino programming language (similar to C and C++) and the Arduino development environment. Both are available as free downloads to complement your regular computer. Arduino projects can run by themselves or can communicate with software running on your regular computer.
Discover how Arduino can work for you and for your students. We will have at least a few units for hands-on exploration. Sounds intriguing. Hope to see you there!
Location: room 1208S, Troy Athens High School, 4333 John R. Road, just north of Wattles (17 mile). Enter parking lot from John R. Road and enter the building at the southernmost entrance on the east side (Main Entrance facing John R. under the “Athens High School” sign). Pass the front desk and bathrooms and make a right turn at the main office to meet in room 1208S on the right hand side.
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A group of interested Computer Science teachers met in Grand Rapids March 11, 2010 and decided to form MiCSTA, the Michigan Computer Science Teachers Association. Notes on WEBster blog.
Word of CSTA Executive Committee approval came May 14, 2010, as blogged. MiCSTA is official!
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