I have started the Arduino.  As a result I have been digging in the internet for resources   Thanks to readers I am getting more resources than I could find.  One jackpot is Steve Dickie’s  http://electronics.flosscience.com/ and  http://physcomp.flosscience.com/.   He has been teaching Arduino for a couple of years and has built a rather nice curriculum.  It is things like this that make teaching a totally new topic possible for me.  It greatly reduces research time.  http://www.ladyada.net/learn/arduino/ is also a great site.  It explains programming things like “void” rather nicely.  Sparkfun also has a cool little pdf guide (https://www.sparkfun.com/products/11581) that does a great job of explaining the Arduino board itself.  Combining the ladyada and Sparkfun material makes for a pretty complete intro.  I have also found a shield (an adapter) that will allow me to use my Mindstorms motors with the Arduino (http://www.mindsensors.com/index.php?module=pagemaster&PAGE_user_op=view_page&PAGE_id=144).  The little robot is becoming much more likely.  Now I just have to figure the wireless thing (Xbee?) and the wireless video feed so I can see where it is going.  Next year maybe.  This year I am going to focus on assembling a list of achievable projects and the hardware.  So far I own all the hardware.  That is not a good approach; I do not make enough to pay for everything.  I am going to have to squeak this stuff into the school budget somehow.

One issue I am encountering is getting the kids to read ALL the steps.  I, of course, read all the steps so everything works the first time.  Whatever.  That is why I spent an hour last night getting that stupid little LED to blink.  No hanging out at the local bars for a while.

I have a feeling this is going to get exceedingly fun and addicting.  It is winter in Montana, time for an evening indoor hobby that will not upset the wife too much.  I usually bring a motorcycle or a bicycle in to the living room so I can work on them in the winter (no heat in the garage).  She is good with it for a week or so then I get “the look”.  The Arduino stuff is small, no “the look”.

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