Don Wilcher

Don is a passionate teacher of electronics technology and an electrical engineer with 26 years of industrial experience. He has worked on industrial robotics systems, automotive electronic modules and systems, and embedded wireless controls for small consumer appliances. He's currently developing 21st century educational products focusing on the Internet of Things for makers, engineers, technicians, and educators. He is also a Certified Electronics Technician with ETA International and a book author.

March 21 - Day 1: Building a Raspberry Pi LED Flasher

Course participants will be introduced to the state of the Internet of Things with respect to microcontroller-based development platforms like the Arduino and the Raspberry Pi. This kickoff session will instruct attendees on building a RPi LED flasher that will serve as the experimental IoT device...
March 21, 2016 - 2:00pm EDT

July 10 - Day 5: Raspibot Board Part 2

This final session is a continuation of the Raspibot board discussion. We'll take a look at how to create awesome visual displays using an LED matrix cube. A discussion of the cube's construction and attaching it to the Raspibot will be presented. Final testing of the LED matrix cube with RRB and...
July 10, 2015 - 2:00pm EDT

July 9 - Day 4: Raspibot Board Part 1

The Raspibot board is an accessory controller that allows control of DC and stepper motors, LED matrices and LCDs, allowing basic mobile robots and electronic controllers to be built quite easily (uses the RRB library dev'd by Simon Monk). We'll discuss the board architecture, a hands-on activity...
July 09, 2015 - 2:00pm EDT

July 8 - Day 3: A Detailed Look at the RPi.GPIO Library

The Python library used in connecting the platform to the physical world for electronic controls is the RPi.GPIO code. In this session we'll investigate the RPi's GPIO (General Input Output) pins and how to enable them with the RPi.GPIO library. We'll investigate how to install the library using...
July 08, 2015 - 2:00pm EDT

July 7 - Day 2: Introduction to the Python Programming Language

This session will include a discussion on Python, the purpose of the interpretive programming language, and the inventor who created it. A review of the Python IDLE (Integrated DeveLopment Environment) will be provided in this session. The discussion will also focus on Python 2, 3, and "sudo python...
July 07, 2015 - 2:00pm EDT

July 6 - Day 1: Introduction to Building Raspberry Pi Controllers

The Raspberry Pi is a user-friendly, credit-card-size, Linux-based computer that design engineers (and educators and Makers) can use as a rapid development platform to design products for the consumer and industrial markets. An overview of the Raspberry Pi's architecture will be explained, along...
July 06, 2015 - 2:00pm EDT

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