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Making Sense of Microcontrollers: Programming Micro:bit, Hummingbird, Arduino, and more
December 13 @ 8:30 am - 3:30 pm
Cost | Free
Event Description | A microcontroller is a small computer on a single integrated circuit. This technology is growing in sophistication while becoming increasingly inexpensive. Microcontrollers can be integrated into the K-12 curriculum, providing students unlimited possibility to interface code on the computer with the world around them. For as little as $15, students can gauge speed, create a moving robot, and transfer a message from one device to another using radio signals.
This workshop is one part guided discovery, one part group collaboration, and three parts fun. Join other likeminded educators in discovering a new piece of hardware while exploring integration into the K-12 classroom.
Microcontrollers that will be made available along with a plethora of accessories include:
- Arduino Uno
- Makey Makey
- Hummingbird Robotics Kits
- Hummingbird Bit
- SparkFun RedBoard
- Adafruit’s Circuit Playground
Skill Level | Intermediate – This workshop is open to educators of any grade level with a working knowledge of programming, be that block-based coding–such as Scratch, or text-based coding. Participants will jump directly into exploring microcontrollers without direct support in programming.
No previous experience with microcontrollers is needed.