Strategies & Tips --
Microcontrollers For Educators
#sparkfun
Brian Huang
@bri_huang
brian.huang@sparkfun.com
#sparkfun
ht...
“Teachers that make…make great teachers”
- Anonymous
What will you make
in your classroom?
Goals  Objectives of
Microcontrollers for Educators
1. ...implement a Maker-centric classroom built around
project-based-l...
Pause…
Before we move any further, let’s make sure that we
all know each other in this room?
Please introduce yourself to ...
Rough Outline
● Where do we start?
● Circuits 101 -- Copper Tape, Multimeters,
and Ohm’s Law
● STEAM focused integration -...
Google+ Community
http://bit.ly/micro4ed14
Microcontrollers For Educators
Lesson Plans
Kindergarten Reflection
All I Really Need to Know (About Creative Thinking) I Learned (By
Studying How Children Learn) in ...
Where do we start?
Invent to Learn Resources
http://www.inventtolearn.com/resources/
Circuits 101 -- Copper Tape, Multimeters,
and Ohm’s Law
What is a Circuit?
Circuit = CIRCLE
https://learn.sparkfun.com/tutorials/what-is-a-circuit/overview
What is a Circuit?
Circuit = CIRCLE
https://learn.sparkfun.com/tutorials/what-is-a-circuit/overview
VCC
GND
Circuit Simulation Tools
www.falstad.com/circuit
STEAM focused integration --
collaborations
Dos Pueblos Engineering
Academy -- Light Sculpture
No Permission Required…
Bringing STEAM to life in K-12 Schools
Program or be programmed...
http://processing.org
Processing is a programming language, development environment,
and onlin...
Program or be programmed...
Scratch
http://scratch.mit.edu/
Snap
http://snap.berkeley.edu/
CargoBot (for iPad)
Python
http...
CS Unplugged
Prototyping / Design &
Documentation
www.fritzing.org
Documentation -- Fritzing!!!
Thoughts  Projects  Ideas
What do you want to work on today? Is there
someone here that you’d like to work with?
Are you s...
Best Practices for Maker Classes
1. Get Organized -- Bins & Diagrams
Best Practices for Maker Classes
2. Charging Stations
Best Practices for Maker Classes
3. Label where everything goes
Best Practices for Maker Classes
4. Collaborate with others. Leverage the “art” of
everything!
Best Practices for Maker Classes
5. Less Us, More Them (LUMT)
Best Practices for Maker Classes
What other ideas do we have???
Resources
Instructables
learn.sparkfun.com
teachengineering.org
Hints / Tips on using Fritzing
Hold down the SHIFT key
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  1. 1. Strategies & Tips -- Microcontrollers For Educators #sparkfun Brian Huang @bri_huang brian.huang@sparkfun.com #sparkfun http://bit.ly/SFE_edcamp14
  2. 2. “Teachers that make…make great teachers” - Anonymous What will you make in your classroom?
  3. 3. Goals Objectives of Microcontrollers for Educators 1. ...implement a Maker-centric classroom built around project-based-learning (PBL). 2. ...understand basics behind electricity and circuits as well as how to teach these topics.. 3. ...develop a general fluency and literacy with programming in Arduino, Processing, and Scratch. 4. ...develop a set of lesson plans, activities, and projects to use in our classroom integrating microcontrollers, programming, and electronics.
  4. 4. Pause… Before we move any further, let’s make sure that we all know each other in this room? Please introduce yourself to the person(s) sitting in your general vicinity. Tell them a few things about yourself, maybe: – where you’re from – what you teach – why you’re here – what do you want to know more about?
  5. 5. Rough Outline ● Where do we start? ● Circuits 101 -- Copper Tape, Multimeters, and Ohm’s Law ● STEAM focused integration -- collaborations ● Programming -- a new literacy focus ● Best Practices for the Maker Classroom... ● Resources: ○ learn.sparkfun.com ○ teachengineering.org ○ teachers@arduino.cc forum
  6. 6. Google+ Community http://bit.ly/micro4ed14
  7. 7. Microcontrollers For Educators Lesson Plans
  8. 8. Kindergarten Reflection All I Really Need to Know (About Creative Thinking) I Learned (By Studying How Children Learn) in Kindergarten* This paper argues that the "kindergarten approach to learning" -- characterized by a spiraling cycle of Imagine, Create, Play, Share, Reflect, and back to Imagine -- is ideally suited to the needs of the 21st century, helping learners develop the creative-thinking skills that are critical to success and satisfaction in today's society. What was your reaction to the statements, claims, and suggestions in this reading? How will this influence your teaching?
  9. 9. Where do we start?
  10. 10. Invent to Learn Resources http://www.inventtolearn.com/resources/
  11. 11. Circuits 101 -- Copper Tape, Multimeters, and Ohm’s Law
  12. 12. What is a Circuit? Circuit = CIRCLE https://learn.sparkfun.com/tutorials/what-is-a-circuit/overview
  13. 13. What is a Circuit? Circuit = CIRCLE https://learn.sparkfun.com/tutorials/what-is-a-circuit/overview VCC GND
  14. 14. Circuit Simulation Tools www.falstad.com/circuit
  15. 15. STEAM focused integration -- collaborations
  16. 16. Dos Pueblos Engineering Academy -- Light Sculpture
  17. 17. No Permission Required… Bringing STEAM to life in K-12 Schools
  18. 18. Program or be programmed... http://processing.org Processing is a programming language, development environment, and online community. Since 2001, Processing has promoted software literacy within the visual arts and visual literacy within technology. Initially created to serve as a software sketchbook and to teach computer programming fundamentals within a visual context, Processing evolved into a development tool for professionals. Today, there are tens of thousands of students, artists, designers, researchers, and hobbyists who use Processing for learning, prototyping, and production.
  19. 19. Program or be programmed... Scratch http://scratch.mit.edu/ Snap http://snap.berkeley.edu/ CargoBot (for iPad) Python http://www.learnpython.org/ Logo https://ccl.northwestern. edu/netlogo/ Java / C / C++ / .NET
  20. 20. CS Unplugged
  21. 21. Prototyping / Design & Documentation www.fritzing.org
  22. 22. Documentation -- Fritzing!!!
  23. 23. Thoughts Projects Ideas What do you want to work on today? Is there someone here that you’d like to work with? Are you stuck? Looking to work with someone today? Let’s find someone! Think, Share, Reflect… What do you want to know more about?
  24. 24. Best Practices for Maker Classes 1. Get Organized -- Bins & Diagrams
  25. 25. Best Practices for Maker Classes 2. Charging Stations
  26. 26. Best Practices for Maker Classes 3. Label where everything goes
  27. 27. Best Practices for Maker Classes 4. Collaborate with others. Leverage the “art” of everything!
  28. 28. Best Practices for Maker Classes 5. Less Us, More Them (LUMT)
  29. 29. Best Practices for Maker Classes What other ideas do we have???
  30. 30. Resources Instructables learn.sparkfun.com teachengineering.org
  31. 31. Hints / Tips on using Fritzing Hold down the SHIFT key

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