| founder: || sargon,
| depends on: ||
| interested: || ruza
| software license: || BSD 3c
| hardware license: || CC BY-SA
| status: || done
Great Global Hackerspace Challenge
Aim of our project was to create an open platform for teaching
electronic principles. Our target audience were students of
elementary and comprehensive schools interested in this field.
The main idea of the project is to provide modular design. One
“mother board” can be extended with a set of “shields” which
are used for particular scenarios. During the challenge we created
three example shields and one debug shield for our purposes.
Mother board is based on ARM Cortex M3 chip (more exactly LPC 1343
from NXP Semiconductor), Direct digital synthesizer and Operational
Amplifiers. This combination allows us to read 6 analog values
from the shields, which can be very low, because they can be multiplied
up to 32x. DDS generates frequency from 1 Hz up to 50 MHz in 1 Hz steps,
which can be used for generating various signals or alternating current.
The first demo shield we create illustrates the creation of
electricity using a dynamo and electrodes. These are made from
different metals and can be plugged into lemon or a potato. Software
reads up voltage and draws a nice graph.
Second shield represents a simple DC circuit with a battery, switch
and a bulb. Edubrm application can detect whether battery and bulb are
present and if the student has pressed the button. It also visualizes
which parts of the circuit have power and which not.
Third shields can visualize voltages and currents in circuits with
coils and capacitors. It can also switch between AC and DC power source
so student can easily understand behaviour of these electronic parts
while turning the power on and off.
Check the following video to get the idea how it works!
We also came up with ideas for lots of shields that could be used in
other fields than electronics. Sadly, we were not able to implement
them in time. To give some examples:
shield with two speakers emitting the same soundwave but with different phase, student can use the microphone to find out that there's no sound in the exact middle of them, application would draw charts of signals to speakers and from the microphone (acoustics)
open-source (e.g. CC BY-SA)
predefined module pinout, each pin having one specific purpose
ARM processor (around 70 MHz
1 or 2 generators
4 IC analog switches
various components depending on purpose (e.g. switches, bulbs, resistors, coils)
needs to be lowcost as possible but durable
open-source (e.g. GPLv3)
ability to analyze measurements by computing and visualizing measured values of voltage, current, power, frequency, etc.
has to be able to simulate/emulate different conditions
possibility of creating interactive quizzes / games
a) basics - "how is electricity created"
- electric field
- electrochemic reaction
- electromagnetism and measurements
b) simple circuit with battery, wires, switch and lightbulb
-basic electric circuit AC/DC
-theory and measurements
c) slightly advanced circuit with resistors, coils and capacitors
- electronic parts R, C, L in AC/DC circuits
- basic measurements
- RC, LC measurements
d) advanced measurements on semiconductors
- basic measurements on diodes > meaning of PN
- measurements on transistors
- operational amplifiers
e) much much more!
SDI -27 - input
SDA -28 - output - ??
SCLK-29 - output - ??
FSYNC - 10 - output -1
OA1CS - 43 - output -1
OA2CS - 48 - output -1
SW1 -12 - output -0
SW2 -24 - output -0
SW3 -25 - output -0
SW4 -31 - output -0
SW5 -36 - output -0
SW6 -37 - output -0
CPU_AD_IN_1 -33 -input
CPU_AD_IN_2 -34 -input
CPU_AD_IN_3 -35 -input
CPU_AD_IN_4 -39 -input
CPU_AD_IN_5 -40 -input
CPU_AD_IN_6 -30 -input
OA2_OUT -32 -input
DIO_1 -1 - output -0
DIO_2 -11 - output -0
DIO_3 -2 - output -0
Links for inspiration
GitHub, last commits