Coding and Mechatronics Short Course Resources
assembled by Michael Gallagher and Ray Tampion
for use at sessions at U3A Bendigo in April and May 2019
Ray Tampion discussed Arduino phenomenon and handed around some development boards.
Arduino Antenna Switching Project
Ray detailed how he designed, built and programmed an Arduino board to handle switching of an array of eight outdoor aerials from within his amateur radio shack.
Scanner Filter Project
Ray handed around a PIC powered Scanner Filter he and a friend had designed and built and detailed the process of making a printed circuit board at home.
Digital Technology Educational Endeavours
Michael Gallagher discussed similarities between the behaviour of electrons in circuits and water in pipes.
Electronics is not magic! It is the application of physical 'laws' discovered over the last few hundred years to produce useful outcomes. Recently developed integrated circuit lithography processes have made powerful digital electronic devices available to everyone. Education systems are rising to the challenge of imbuing in students an understanding of digital technologies. Arduino and Raspberry Pi are two examples of that endeavour. An Arduino board is a microcontroller development board that has been designed to be used by students, artists and hobbyists. Raspberry Pi boards are inexpensive, powerful computers that have been purposefully designed to facilitate the aquisition of mathematical, coding and electronics concepts.