The concept with Silicon Dojo is to try to teach technology in much the same way as martial arts are taught. We will be doing hands on projects generally for every meetup by building prototypes to solve specific types of problems. We will build sensors, vehicles, etc so that members not only learn at an academic level, but also grasp why any of this matters.
At first we will be focused on using the Arduino Platform.
Unless otherwise stated Arduino Boards, sensors and materials will be provided for the class. Participants will NEED to bring their own PC/ Mac with the Arduino IDE preinstalled. ( https://www.arduino.cc/en/Main/Software )
The core concepts of this teaching style will be:
• Learn by doing
• Focus on one specific topic at a time
• Repetition breeds confidence
• Once you understand what has been taught, play around and get a feel for what you have learned.
• Help each other don't just rely on the instructor
We will be learning to use a temperature sensor with an Arduino by completing 3 projects.
The first will be to connect the temperature sensor and read the sensor from a connected computer.
The second will be to write a small amount of code that will light up either a green or red LED based on the temperature. (essentially a visual warning system)
The third will be to connect a small fan to the Arduino so that when the temperature goes above a specific level the fan will turn on.
These projects will show participants how an Arduino can be used to monitor environments, and can be used to trigger physical actions such as a cooling system being turned on.
YOU MUST: Bring your own PC/Mac with a type A USB connection (The standard rectangular one). Please install the Arduino IDE before coming (The internet at The Meeting House can be wonky).
Arduino UNO, sensors, and all other material will be provided for the class.