Are you looking to teach the next generation of technology moguls? Or perhaps your child will think of the next invention that changes the world? If so, then please keep reading (and watch the video below)…
The educational field is full of ways to teach kids programming, robotics and electronics. However, most are taught utilizing specialized software that is only suited for a specific age or task. So the question becomes, how does an educational institution incorporate curriculum that is both easy to use and scalable based on the skill level and age of the student? The answer is quite simple and we call it BrainPad.
The BrainPad clearly and graphically shows the student how they can collect and use information from the physical world, and how they can share that information. Arrows are used to show the flow of information, from the collection of informational inputs, such as a light sensor and sharing that information via outputs, like a display.
[ul]The microcontroller (the brain) with a USB connection to connect to a PC, to deploy programs to the BrainPad and control the microcontroller.
Small Red, Yellow and Green lights, in the shape of a traffic light. These lights can be used individually, for non-traffic-light uses.
A graphical display.
A buzzer that can generate sounds at different frequencies, for use as an alarm or playing melodies.
Servo Motor connection. Typical servos are used to move to a specific degree, not for rotation. A robotic arm would use a servo motor for example.
DC motor connection.
Light level sensor.
Three axes accelerometer.
Touch pad. These pads can be wired to any object and use that object as a touch senor. This object can be an hot dog! Students can touch the hot dogs to play sounds on the buzzer for example.
Expansion port, for wiring components to the BrainPad. This port includes digital pins, analog inputs, PWM outputs and also includes I2C, SPI and UART serial busses. These ports can be used to extend the BrainPad with new sensors and also to show students how to wire components directly to the microcontroller.[/ul]
This program will allow GHI Electronics to work closely with interested parties to build and optimize the teaching materials. If you think you can help in building the courses, or simply trying the courses with potential students, please join our mission. Inquiries can be sent to brainpad@ ghielectronics.com.
Things you (the partner) can help with:
[ul]For local schools, allow time for GHI Electronics and its partners to try the materials with students of different ages.
Try the material with your own children, friends and coworkers.
Help in making the BrainPad object easier for the younger students.
Help in building the teaching materials, from organizing and grouping the material in specific classes to building new materials.
Spread the word! We all want the next generation to understand embedded devices better. Very soon, and almost today, every “thing” around us will have a tiny processor inside. Billions of these devices will be connected to the internet, building the era of the Internet of Things.[/ul]
BrainPad Class Code: http://www.ghielectronics.com/downloads/BrainPad/BrainPad.zip