A perfect start for the new maker.
Learn by creating a gadget that records your environment data to an open-source Web logging service (EmonCMS). Access it from your browser with a full-featured dashboard.
This course is designed for beginner makers. I will help you get started with the basics of creating circuits with the Arduino prototyping board, and by the end of this course you will have an Internet-connected home environment monitoring gadget, build with your own hands!
The only prerequisite is a basic understanding of concepts like voltage, current and resistance, and ability to download and install software on your computer. A very basic understanding of programming is a bonus, but not absolutely necessary.
Along the way, you will learn about programming, sensors, and communications.
The course is split in three parts:
- Part 1 is an introduction, which will gently help you create your first circuit and open your appetite for more.
- Part 2 contains a primer on making with the Arduino, focusing on the Integrated Development Environment and the sketching language.
- Part 3 is about making Jing. Jing is the environment monitoring system that you will put together piece by piece, and line by line.
Here's what you're getting:
The course content
Hello World! Diodes, LEDs, and your first circuit
Hello World! Your first sketch
Use Pulse Width Modules, make the LED fade
Arduino development basics
Compilers, the IDE instructions and functions
Frequently used functions
Reading and writing digital and analog values
Digital and analog read/write demonstration
Measuring light with Lux and the Axel-Benz formula
Measuring light with a photoresistor demonstration
Measuring temperature and humidity
Measuring barometric pressure
Adding an LCD screen, setup the circuit
Adding an LCD screen, adding a library and sketch walkthrough
Create an echo server with the Ethernet Shield
Transmit sensor data with the Ethernet Shield
Emoncms, what is it, walkthrough
Upload data from a single sensor to Emoncms
Setting up logging and visualising data on Emoncms
Completing the hardware assembly
The Jing complete sketch walkthrough
Completing the Jing dashboard
Wrap-it up, what did we learn, and improvements
What hardware will you need?
To complete this course, you will need an Arduino and several simple components.
All of them can be easily sourced from online sources such as eBay, Amazon and AliExpress.
Please find the list of hardware here. This hardware is not included in the price of this course.
The course instructor
The course instructor is Peter Dalmaris, PhD.
Peter has created over 20 other courses on technology education.
He is the author of Maker Education Revolution, a book on how making is changing the way we learn and teach.
He is also the host of Stemiverse, a podcast in which he discusses education and STEM with the shakers and movers of technology and science education from around the world.
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