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morgancooper
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Re: Cool program
morgancooper   11/1/2012 4:07:56 AM
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Yeah, I totally agree with Beth. Everyone needs to be educated about technology and see everything form a scientific point of view. A wise old man once said that if you don't want to start a fight never talk about religion vs science. natural skincare

notarboca
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notarboca   10/29/2012 3:56:20 PM
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Parallax is indeed a good MCU kit; have used them quite a bit.  Don't forget the Papilio, an FPGA board for beginners.  I wish the school system would teach this sort of material in a science/technology class for 8 year olds and above; I'm sure it would pique their curiosity!

tekochip
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Other curriculum
tekochip   10/29/2012 10:40:08 AM
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Spark Fun has a great product line that includes many professional grade products along with educational and hobbyist products.  When my son was in independent study in High-School I used some of the educational kits from Parallax.  The labs, curriculum and kits were well thought-out and even fairly cheap.
 
 
 


Nancy Golden
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Re: Cool program
Nancy Golden   10/27/2012 11:57:22 PM
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Hi Charles - I certainly agree that microcontrollers are mysterious to the uninitiated - what a great way to get folks involved in exploring electronics hands on. BTW, your name sounds so familiar...does Test and Measurement World and this link:

http://www.tmworld.com/article/320333-Automated_Instruments_Smooth_Rapid_Test_System_Development.php

ring any bells? It's been a few years...

Nancy Golden
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Re: Cool program
Nancy Golden   10/27/2012 11:43:10 PM
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What an awesome program - I was very excited to find out about SparkFun and what they do. I will be exploring their website to see what I can find to help "spark" my own teenager's interest in electronics. That soldering iron was very cool and I enjoyed seeing multi-generational families working together on their boards.

Charles Murray
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Re: Cool program
Charles Murray   10/26/2012 4:19:19 PM
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Agreed, Beth. Hats off to SparkFun for enlightening people about electronics. Microcontrollers are shrounded in mystery -- most people have no idea what's inside their iPod of PC. Exercises like this help de-mystify it.

Beth Stackpole
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Cool program
Beth Stackpole   10/26/2012 7:34:38 AM
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What a great idea and I have to just comment on the size of that solder gun. Guess they really needed to make a point. This is a great opportunity to expose kids and parents and grandparents alike to the technology and work together as a team.



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