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”.