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davidrudd

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Parallax BASIC Stamp Class preparation
« on: March 23, 2012, 11:33:38 AM »
I am preparing materials for a BASIC Stamp class sometime in June.  I am making a little progress when I have time.  Since there is not any pressing demand--I want to focus on an exhibit for the MiniMaker Fair (May 26) first.  I am interested in some feedback on the Topic Outline.  I will be following examples in the book "Introduction to Microcontrollers".   
Being a software-focused person, I want to start with something simple, but not dwell on electronics theory or most of the hardware configuration elaborations in the book that lengthen a topic...like after connecting one LED, now connect two, now connect through I/O port, now add a pushbutton.  I want to show how the microcontroller adds value to the circuitry and build examples that can demonstrate behavioral modifications through software. 
For instance, instead of building lots of LED circuits, I want to jump right into iwring up the 7-segment LED array and show how software can be used to provide diffferent signaling scenarios (numbers, letters, patterns and sequences).  Then I'd like to jump right into an example (which I don't quite have figured out yet) that demostrates the concept of signaling and segway from there into signals in output (say, a stepper motor) and input (say, a resistor-capacitor sensor config).
I look forward to your comments and suggestions.

callus1

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Re: Parallax BASIC Stamp Class preparation
« Reply #1 on: April 09, 2012, 12:42:38 PM »
Me and a classmate of mine have been taking a  Fundamentals of Robotics class using the BS2-based BOE-bot. (http://www.parallax.com/Store/Robots/AllRobots/tabid/128/ProductID/302/List/0/Default.aspx?SortField=ProductName,ProductName) The manuals are downloadable on the website, and the projects included are pretty neat, and dare I say, useful if a bit simple.  There are quite a few servo examples (the boe-bot manual assumes continuously rotating), and it even goes to show one how to use ir transmitters for obstacle detection.  It's definitely a trove of neat things your class could glean from.