The Tech Explorations Blog

Articles about technology, learning, and making from Peter and guest bloggers

ESP32 IoT project update 3
ESP32

ESP32 IoT project update 3

In the week since my last update, I have made several modifications and additions to my project. Here's what my ESP32 gadget contains: A ESP32 WROOM-32 Dev Kit v4 A...
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An interview with Jeff Wiener, CERN
Science Stemiverse Podcast

An interview with Jeff Wiener, CERN

Last week I had an awesome conversation with Jeff Wiener. Jeff is a staff scientist, managing CERN's national and international teacher training programmes and investigating teachers' conceptions of particle physics. Our...
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Understanding The Python SQLite3 Query Process
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Understanding The Python SQLite3 Query Process

My Raspberry Pi Full Stack Backend The Internet is comprised from an odd collection of hardware devices, software programs (code), and networking components connected together over the air and through...
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Resources for your first steps with AVR C++ and writing awesome C
Arduino How To... Reference

Resources for your first steps with AVR C++ and writing awesome C

The world of embedded devices is dominated by C and its derivatives, primarily C++. These days, very few people learn C as their first language. In most cases, a new...
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Reason to Think
Education

Reason to Think

By Peter Ellerton Queensland Studies Authority The defining aspect of these secular times must surely be the call to base our behaviour as a species on evidence-based reasoning, and it’s certainly...
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A new home for Tech Explorations
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A new home for Tech Explorations

This website is a platform on which we are building an awesome learning experience for our students. A connected, interactive, social learning experience. A Maker Education-style experience. Let me explain... When...
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Here’s to the end of an awesome year, and the start of another awesome year
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Here’s to the end of an awesome year, and the start of another awesome year

Another year is about to end, only to get us into a new one. For me, the last twelve months were full of learning and discovery. I read more books...
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Learning like an inventor (Book chapter from Maker Education Revolution)
Education

Learning like an inventor (Book chapter from Maker Education Revolution)

This post is a chapter from my book "Maker Education Revolution". For image attribution, please scroll to the bottom of this post. “To invent, you need a good imagination and...
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A ‘wired’ IoT network for makers
Arduino Tools

A ‘wired’ IoT network for makers

It was a few minutes before midnight when the security alarm of our neighbors started whaling. It happens all the in our neighborhood, and nobody pays attention anymore. However, that...
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My search for the ideal PCB design tool… the conclusion
CAD KiCad

My search for the ideal PCB design tool… the conclusion

Greetings! In my previous post, I started telling you a familiar tale: when your project overgrows the breadboard, frustration will only intensify. Unless you use the appropriate tool and migrate...
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