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This will be the group's second meeting. Our learning/discussion agenda will focus on two topic areas: - Eric will talk about the hardware aspects of the Arduino microcontroller used for control, monitoring and signaling applications. This series of single-board microcontrollers provide an inexpensive platform that hobbyists and pros can use to create devices that interact with the physical world using sensors and actuators. Typical applications are: very basic robots, motion detectors and thermostats. The focus at this meeting will be on the platform hardware, including variants of Arduino, the Uno layout (the most common variant), breadboards/shields, sensors, lights and motors. [The plan is to address software and programming aspects at a future meeting.] - Sherry will talk about a significant development in education -- MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses). Rich will add his two cents on his experience with online learning thus far (i.e., EdX). During and following each topic introduction, participants are encouraged to question, comment, and share their related knowledge/experience. The goal is an interesting shared learning experience for all attendees. And, as always, if you have a technology-related topic for which you would like to provide an introduction as the basis for a group discussion at an upcoming meeting, please message the Organizer for this group (Rich R.) with your proposal.
The learning/discussion agenda for this meeting will focus on software control of an Arduino microcontroller. Specifically, Alan will review how the Arduino is programmed, and the protocol (Firmata) for using a programming language on a PC to program/control this single-board microcontroller and the hardware input/output pins that it uses to interact with the physical world. He will describe and demo the "Scratch" visual editor used to simplify programming, and the Python project he developed (s2aio) which translates between the Scratch editor and the Arduino. [Note that a hardware introduction to the Arduino microcontroller family is/was a topic for the preceding Aug. 30 group meeting.] As always, if you have a technology-related topic for which you would like to provide an introduction as the basis for a group discussion at an upcoming meeting, please message the Organizer for this group (Rich R.) with your proposal.