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Grove Beginner Kit for Arduino | SEEEDSTUDIO | The BREAKOUT | GROVE Pressure Sensor BME280 on GROVE LCD1602 Display |First Steps with the Arduino-UNO R3 and NANO | Maker, MakerED, Maker Spaces, Coding

Grove Beginner Kit for Arduino | SEEEDSTUDIO | The BREAKOUT | GROVE Pressure Sensor BME280 on GROVE LCD1602 Display |First Steps with the Arduino-UNO R3 and NANO | Maker, MakerED, Maker Spaces, Coding

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GROVE Pressure Sensor BME280 on GROVE LCD1602 Display

In a previous tutorial WE have seen the Grove Beginner Kit for Arduino from SEEEDSTUDIO https://gustmees.wordpress.com/2020/08/03/grove-beginner-kit-for-arduino-seeedstudio-first-steps-with-the-arduino-uno-r3-and-nano-maker-makered-maker-spaces-coding/, and THE BREAKOUT to use the different modules with OWN Code examples.

WE were ALSO using the OLED module as a BREAKOUT in this tutorial https://gustmees.wordpress.com/2020/10/21/grove-beginner-kit-for-arduino-seeedstudio-the-breakout-temperature-humidity-on-oled-display-first-steps-with-the-arduino-uno-r3-and-nano-maker-makered-maker-spaces-coding/

In this tutorial WE will use the BREAKOUT of the GROVE Pressure-Module BME280 together with a GROVE LCD1602 display. As the GROVE LCD1602 display is not included in the Grove Beginner Kit for Arduino, WE will need to buy it! Here below the address:

 

GROVE BAROMETER BME280 BREAKOUT

GROVE BAROMETER BME280 BREAKOUT

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Connections of the GROVE BME280 and the GROVE LCD1602 on I2C BUS

Connections of the GROVE BME280 and the GROVE LCD1602 on I2C BUS

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Well, as you can see in above photo there is NO cabling!! You just need to connect the connectors from the BME280 and the LCD1602 to the I2C BUS. Less than a minute work and you are ready to upload the code, which you will find in below link:

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The GROVE LCD1602 display is a RGB display, meaning that you can change its color to RED, GREEN, BLUE! Play around with the code to experiment…

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GROVE Barometer BME280 on GROVE LCD1602

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Here below the part of the Code where you can change the color settings!

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Check out more here

 

 

Have fun learning with PracTICE and stay tuned for next adventures of learning 😉

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L’auteur Gust MEES est Formateur andragogique / pédagogique TIC, membre du “Comité Conseil” de “Luxembourg Safer Internet” (LuSI), appelé maintenant BEESECURE, partenaire officiel (consultant) du Ministère de l’éducation au Luxembourg du projet  ”MySecureIT“, partenaire officiel du Ministère du Commerce au Luxembourg du projet ”CASES” (Cyberworld Awareness and Security Enhancement Structure).


The author Gust MEES is ICT Course Instructor, ”Member of the Advisory Board” from “Luxembourg Safer Internet” (LuSI), BEESECURE, Official Partner (Consultant) from the Ministry of Education in Luxembourg, project “MySecureIT“, Official Partner from the Ministry of Commerce in Luxembourg, project “CASES” (Cyberworld Awareness and Security Enhancement Structure).

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Keywords necessary for me to create this blog post: Arduino UNO R3, Arduino NANO, Grove, Grove Beginner Kit for ARDUINO, Coding, Maker, MakerED, Maker Spaces, LCD1602, BME280, Pressure, Altitude Monitor, I2C, SEEDSTUDIO,

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Thoughts about WHAT to choose as Xmas gift for kids in a Technology driven world

Thoughts about WHAT to choose as Xmas gift for kids in a Technology driven world

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WHAT gifts to buy for the kids for Xmas and Holidays?

Every year the same question, isn’t it!? WHY not thinking about to buy gifts from where and with that the kids will learn? It might be good to have a look on WHAT are the skills required for the future from youth, students, learners and upon that making your choice! Actually (2020) the trends are in the maker scene and coding scene! Engineers, coding people and ICT specialists are needed, the workforce, industry is searching!!

WHAT is the Coding Scene?

Coding is THE 21st Century skill. Coding enhances creativity, teaches young people to cooperate, to work together across physical and geographical boundaries and to communicate in a universal languageTechnology is part of our life, and coding brings it closer to you!

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I invite you to read my blog posts below, please:

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MY selection of CODING Hardware for beginners

Well, I started myself years ago as a NEWBIE in Coding and so I tried out different stuff, whereby I became a fan of ARDUINO. Here below my gift selection for Christmas (Xmas) which I recommend:

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ARDUINO-UNO-STARTERKIT-1

 

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Elegoo Smart Robot Car Kit for Arduino

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While reading my above tutorials, you will find ALSO more examples in my blog about “Coding with Arduino, etc.); stay tuned for next tutorials with LEARNingByDoing with FUN and PracTICE 😉

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L’auteur Gust MEES est Formateur andragogique / pédagogique TIC, membre du “Comité Conseil” de “Luxembourg Safer Internet” (LuSI), appelé maintenant BEESECURE, partenaire officiel (consultant) du Ministère de l’éducation au Luxembourg du projet  ”MySecureIT“, partenaire officiel du Ministère du Commerce au Luxembourg du projet ”CASES” (Cyberworld Awareness and Security Enhancement Structure)..


The author Gust MEES is ICT Course Instructor, ”Member of the Advisory Board” from “Luxembourg Safer Internet” (LuSI), BEESECURE, Official Partner (Consultant) from the Ministry of Education in Luxembourg, project “MySecureIT“, Official Partner from the Ministry of Commerce in Luxembourg, project “CASES” (Cyberworld Awareness and Security Enhancement Structure).

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Keywords necessary for me to create this blog post: Arduino UNO R3, Arduino NANO, Grove, Grove Beginner Kit for ARDUINO, Coding, Maker, MakerED, Maker Spaces, OLED, DHT11, Temperature and Humidity Monitor, I2C, SEEDSTUDIO, Robots, Robot car,

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Grove Beginner Kit for Arduino | SEEEDSTUDIO | The BREAKOUT | Temperature/Humidity on OLED Display |First Steps with the Arduino-UNO R3 and NANO | Maker, MakerED, Maker Spaces, Coding

Grove Beginner Kit for Arduino | SEEEDSTUDIO | The BREAKOUT | Temperature/Humidity on OLED Display |First Steps with the Arduino-UNO R3 and NANO | Maker, MakerED, Maker Spaces, Coding

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Temperature/Humidity on OLED Display | THE Breakout

In a previous tutorial WE have seen the Grove Beginner Kit for Arduino from SEEEDSTUDIO https://gustmees.wordpress.com/2020/08/03/grove-beginner-kit-for-arduino-seeedstudio-first-steps-with-the-arduino-uno-r3-and-nano-maker-makered-maker-spaces-coding/, now WE make THE BREAKOUT to use the different modules with OWN Code examples.

You can also take the modules out and use Grove cables to connect the modules. To do so, you need a sharp cutter, see PIC, please.

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My recommendation for sharp cutters, which I use as well:

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Once cut out you have made the BREAKOUT and in this case the two modules “OLED Display 0.96 inch” and “Temperature/Humidity” modules are ready to get connected to the main module. NOW we have to connect them through the delivered connection cables. Here below a picture:

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As you can see, the OLED-Module is connected to the I2C connector, while the “Temperature/Humidity-Module” is connected to the “D3” connector. See PIC below, please:

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SO WHY the “D3” connector for the “Temperature/Humidity-Module”?! Well, let us have a look on the code:

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As you can see in this shown part of the code, there is marked ===> “#define DHTPIN 3“, SO it should GET connected to the “D3-connector” on the main board! If you use “D4” or whatever connector, SO you should change the code from “3” to “4” and so on!!! Give it a try and play around with it for understanding 😉

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Temperature/Humidity on OLED Display | THE Code

Well, the two connections with the provided cables with connectors took ONLY a few seconds, ISN’T it? 😉 Let’s GO now to upload the code. Open your “Arduino IDE“, click on “NEW“, erase the few lines marked in there, make a “Copy&Paste” from the mentioned Code below and paste it in the “Arduino IDE (NEW)” and upload it, here below the code:

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As you can see there is a “special” indication on the display, THE “Heat Index“, WHAT is it?! I encourage you to read my following tutorial which explains:

 

Have fun learning with PracTICE and stay tuned for next adventures of learning 😉

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L’auteur Gust MEES est Formateur andragogique / pédagogique TIC, membre du “Comité Conseil” de “Luxembourg Safer Internet” (LuSI), appelé maintenant BEESECURE, partenaire officiel (consultant) du Ministère de l’éducation au Luxembourg du projet  ”MySecureIT“, partenaire officiel du Ministère du Commerce au Luxembourg du projet ”CASES” (Cyberworld Awareness and Security Enhancement Structure)..


The author Gust MEES is ICT Course Instructor, ”Member of the Advisory Board” from “Luxembourg Safer Internet” (LuSI), BEESECURE, Official Partner (Consultant) from the Ministry of Education in Luxembourg, project “MySecureIT“, Official Partner from the Ministry of Commerce in Luxembourg, project “CASES” (Cyberworld Awareness and Security Enhancement Structure).

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Keywords necessary for me to create this blog post: Arduino UNO R3, Arduino NANO, Grove, Grove Beginner Kit for ARDUINO, Coding, Maker, MakerED, Maker Spaces, OLED, DHT11, Temperature and Humidity Monitor, I2C, SEEDSTUDIO,

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Grove Beginner Kit for Arduino | SEEEDSTUDIO | First Steps with the Arduino-UNO R3 and NANO | Maker, MakerED, Maker Spaces, Coding

Grove Beginner Kit for Arduino | SEEEDSTUDIO | First Steps with the Arduino-UNO R3 and NANO | Maker, MakerED, Maker Spaces, Coding

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Grove Beginner Kit for Arduino | SEEEDSTUDIO |

SEEEDSTUDIO asked me through LinkedIn to make a cooperation with them for reviewing a NEW Arduino, the “Grove Beginner Kit for Arduinoproduct which I accepted. Today I received the stuff which in the next days I will play around a bit and create Blog posts (Tutorials) about it, stay tuned…

FIRST impressions:

I ordered it on 28-07-2020 on the site of SEEDSTUDIO and it arrived on 03-08-2020 @02H58 PM, delivered by DHL. Actually very quick from China to Luxembourg!!

Unpacking my order:

Nice cardboard with lots of TIPS printed on it. The box is sealed with 3 circular glued plastic which I had cut through with scissors, BAD IDEA, as I damaged the cardboard while NOT knowing that the box was meant as a whole playstation as itself (see photos, please)… Here the company could improve please, thanks! My constructive critics! 😉

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As long as that glued plastic problem ISN’T resolved, use a sharp cutter to cut off the glued circular plastic as I couldn’t remove it by hand!

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Reading the online Manual

Well, NOTHING to say against it, it is well done!! Please check it here below:

There are professional STEP-BY-STEP instructions so you can’t make mistakes!!

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Getting started

ALL you have to do is to connect the USB-Cable to the PC, Laptop, which is in the right sight of the box (see step 2 in the PIC below please) to start. [Start Text from WiKi] Grove Beginner Kit for Arduino is one of the best Arduino Beginner Kit for beginners. It includes one Arduino compatible Board and 10 additional Arduino sensors and all in one-piece of PCB design. All the modules have been connected to the Seeeduino through the PCB stamp holes so no Grove cables are needed to connect. Of course, you can also take the modules out and use Grove cables to connect the modules. You can build any Arduino project you like with this Grove Beginner Kit For Arduino. [End Text from WiKi]

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Plug and Play Unboxing Demo

The Grove Beginner Kit has a plug and plays unboxing demo, where you first plug in the power to the board, you get the chance to experience all the sensors in one go! Use the button and rotary potentiometer to experience each sensor demo!

  • Scroll -> Rotating Rotary Potentiometer
  • Select -> Short Press Button
  • Exit Current Demo -> Long Press Button

Buzzer and LED module are used for key prompt.

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Some examples

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Temperature/Humidity GROVE

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Air Pressure/GROVE

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Air Pressure/GROVE

Air Pressure/GROVE

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My review

Well, I can recommend this product for beginners by 100%!! Up from the beginning beginners can find out HOW things work with just plugging the USB cable to the PC, Laptop, computer. It’s a GREAT way to bring Coding to STEAM students, Maker’s, MakerED and Maker Spaces!

I didn’t yet using the Breakout possibilities, I DON’T overwhelm you with TOO MUCH information, that will GET discussed in next tutorials, BUT looks promising as NO need to plug single cables, ALL done by ONLY one connector!!!

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Please check the videos below to understand how the GROVE System works.

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WHERE to order it?

You can GET it here actually (04-08-2020):

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TIP for Educators, Teachers, Coaches:

Let the learners first trying the working examples in the box to discover the possibilities! Later you can make the Breakout and then they can reproduce the Coding examples such as mentioned in the online manual.

 

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L’auteur Gust MEES est Formateur andragogique / pédagogique TIC, membre du “Comité Conseil” de “Luxembourg Safer Internet” (LuSI), appelé maintenant BEESECURE, partenaire officiel (consultant) du Ministère de l’éducation au Luxembourg du projet  ”MySecureIT“, partenaire officiel du Ministère du Commerce au Luxembourg du projet ”CASES” (Cyberworld Awareness and Security Enhancement Structure)..


The author Gust MEES is ICT Course Instructor, ”Member of the Advisory Board” from “Luxembourg Safer Internet” (LuSI), BEESECURE, Official Partner (Consultant) from the Ministry of Education in Luxembourg, project “MySecureIT“, Official Partner from the Ministry of Commerce in Luxembourg, project “CASES” (Cyberworld Awareness and Security Enhancement Structure).

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Stay tuned for next blog post(s) 😉

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Social Distancing Monitor, Arduino NANO and Neopixel Ring | Maker, MakerED, Maker Spaces, Coding

Social Distancing Monitor, Arduino NANO and Neopixel Ring | Maker, MakerED, Maker Spaces, Coding

 

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Social Distancing Monitor, Arduino NANO and Neopixel Ring

We realized already several projects for Social Distancing with LCD and OLEDs ===> https://gustmees.wordpress.com/?s=social+distancing and this time WE will use a Neopixel Ring who changes the color from green to orange and then to red depending on how close WE come to the 2 metres.

WE will have a look on the video who inspired me and where you will find more information:

 


Connecting the HC-SR04 Ultrasonic Sensor:

 

Connections to the Arduino NANO:

Vcc+ gets connected to + 5V

GND to GND

ECHO gets connected to PIN 2

TRIGGER gets connected to PIN 3

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Connecting the NEOPIXEL Ring:

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24 Bit NEOPIXEL-Ring (24 LEDs) Frontview

 

 

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24 Bit NEOPIXEL-Ring (24 LEDs) Rearview

 

 

 

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Connections to the Arduino NANO:

Vcc+ gets connected to + 5V

GND to GND

DI gets connected to PIN 6

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WS2812 5050 RGB LED Ring Lamp Light

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ARDUINO NANO

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THE code

Please find below the code which I used in .doc format::

Copy and paste it into the Arduino IDE and have fun 😉

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L’auteur Gust MEES est Formateur andragogique / pédagogique TIC, membre du “Comité Conseil” de “Luxembourg Safer Internet” (LuSI), appelé maintenant BEESECURE, partenaire officiel (consultant) du Ministère de l’éducation au Luxembourg du projet  ”MySecureIT“, partenaire officiel du Ministère du Commerce au Luxembourg du projet ”CASES” (Cyberworld Awareness and Security Enhancement Structure)..


The author Gust MEES is ICT Course Instructor, ”Member of the Advisory Board” from “Luxembourg Safer Internet” (LuSI), BEESECURE, Official Partner (Consultant) from the Ministry of Education in Luxembourg, project “MySecureIT“, Official Partner from the Ministry of Commerce in Luxembourg, project “CASES” (Cyberworld Awareness and Security Enhancement Structure).


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Social Distancing Monitor, Arduino NANO and I2C OLED Display | Maker, MakerED, Maker Spaces, Coding

Social Distancing Monitor, Arduino NANO and I2C OLED Display | Maker, MakerED, Maker Spaces, Coding

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Social Distancing Monitor, Arduino NANO and I2C OLED Display

In times of the Coronavirus-Crisis (Covid_19), it might be GOOD to respect the 2 meters distance to avoid getting infected!!! But not everybody can estimate distances, nor are ALL persons respecting the 2 meters rule!!! So came the idea to build an easy to realize gadget, which measures the distance when the 2 meters are not respected.

First of all, like usual, I was searching the internet to find out if there isn’t already such a project around. And YES, there is one; I found a tutorial with an Arduino UNO with provided code as well. Please check below:

In a previous tutorial WE were already using a “Social Distancing Monitor with Alarm, Arduino NANO and I2C LCD1602 Display“, check below please for revision:


Connecting the HC-SR04 Ultrasonic Sensor:

 

Connections to the Arduino NANO:

Vcc+ gets connected to + 5V

GND to GND

ECHO gets connected to PIN 10

TRIGGER gets connected to PIN 9

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Connecting the 128×64 SSD1306 OLED Display

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THE Code

For the code (Sketch), with theory explications, please check below:

All you need NOW is to put everything into a case… Have fun and stay safe!!

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128 x 64 Pixel 0.96 Inch I2C OLED Display

 

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Arduino NANO

ARDUINO NANO

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L’auteur Gust MEES est Formateur andragogique / pédagogique TIC, membre du “Comité Conseil” de “Luxembourg Safer Internet” (LuSI), appelé maintenant BEESECURE, partenaire officiel (consultant) du Ministère de l’éducation au Luxembourg du projet  ”MySecureIT“, partenaire officiel du Ministère du Commerce au Luxembourg du projet ”CASES” (Cyberworld Awareness and Security Enhancement Structure)..


The author Gust MEES is ICT Course Instructor, ”Member of the Advisory Board” from “Luxembourg Safer Internet” (LuSI), BEESECURE, Official Partner (Consultant) from the Ministry of Education in Luxembourg, project “MySecureIT“, Official Partner from the Ministry of Commerce in Luxembourg, project “CASES” (Cyberworld Awareness and Security Enhancement Structure).


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Social Distancing Monitor with Alarm, Arduino NANO and I2C LCD1602 Display | Maker, MakerED, Maker Spaces, Coding

Social Distancing Monitor with Alarm, Arduino NANO and I2C LCD1602 Display | Maker, MakerED, Maker Spaces, Coding

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Social Distancing Monitor with Alarm, Arduino NANO and I2C LCD1602 Display

In times of the Coronavirus-Crisis (Covid_19), it might be GOOD to respect the 2 meters distance to avoid getting infected!!! But not everybody can estimate distances, nor are ALL persons respecting the 2 meters rule!!! So came the idea to build an easy to realize gadget, which measures the distance and gives an alarm when the 2 meters are not respected.

First of all, like usual, I was searching the internet to find out if there isn’t already such a project around. And YES, there is one; I found a tutorial with an Arduino MEGA and a LCD1602 ISP with provided code as well. Please check below:

 

This tutorial gave me the idea to start. Instead an Arduino MEGA, I used an Arduino NANO; and instead of an LCD1602 ISP, I used an LCD1602 I2C.

Thus meaning: it needs a bit to adjust the code in the sketch in the above mentioned tutorial and it’s LESS cabling, wiring needed to connect the I2C LCD1602 display.

WE played around already with I2C LCD1602 in my tutorial below, please check:

SO, here we go for the wiring… Below the wiring for the I2C LCD1602 with the Arduino NANO

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I2C LCD1602 PINOUT-Arduino NANO

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LCD-I2C-PINOUT-ARDUINO


Connecting the HC-SR04 Ultrasonic Sensor:

 

Connections to the Arduino NANO:

Vcc+ gets connected to + 5V

GND to GND

ECHO gets connected to PIN 10

TRIGGER gets connected to PIN 9


Connecting the Buzzer for the acoustic Alarm:

 

The + sign of the Buzzer gets connected to PIN 8 of the Arduino NANO and the other pin to GND!

Below you see the prototype with wiring.

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The code

Here below see a preview of the Code:

Code preview

The complete Code could get downloaded in “.doc” format below.

Download and open the document, copy it and bring it in a NEW Sketch of the Arduino IDE. Upload it to the Arduino Nano and have fun with it!


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LCD1602 + I2C Modul

LCD1602-I2C

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Arduino NANO

ARDUINO NANO

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All you need now is to put everything into a case. I was choosing a cardboard (recycling) 😉

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Social Distancing Monitor

 

 

 

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GUST-AVRIL2014-800px-2L’auteur Gust MEES est Formateur andragogique / pédagogique TIC, membre du “Comité Conseil” de “Luxembourg Safer Internet” (LuSI), appelé maintenant BEESECURE, partenaire officiel (consultant) du Ministère de l’éducation au Luxembourg du projet  ”MySecureIT“, partenaire officiel du Ministère du Commerce au Luxembourg du projet ”CASES” (Cyberworld Awareness and Security Enhancement Structure). L’auteur était aussi gagnant d’un concours en électronique en 1979 ( Pays germaniques ) et voyait son projet publié dans le magazine électronique “ELO”.


The author Gust MEES is ICT Course Instructor, ”Member of the Advisory Board” from “Luxembourg Safer Internet” (LuSI), BEESECURE, Official Partner (Consultant) from the Ministry of Education in Luxembourg, project “MySecureIT“, Official Partner from the Ministry of Commerce in Luxembourg, project “CASES” (Cyberworld Awareness and Security Enhancement Structure).

The author was also a winner of an electronics contest (Germanic countries) in 1979 and got his project published in the “Electronics Magazine ELO”.

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First Steps with the Arduino-UNO R3 and NANO | Maker, MakerED, Maker-Spaces, Coding | Valentine’s Day is around: GET creative with an LED Matrix and an Arduino!

First Steps with the Arduino-UNO R3 and NANO | Maker, MakerED, Maker-Spaces, Coding | Valentine’s Day is around: GET creative with an LED Matrix and an Arduino!

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Valentine’s Day is around: GET creative with an LED Matrix and an Arduino!

[Start Text Wikipedia] Valentine’s Day, also called Saint Valentine’s Day or the Feast of Saint Valentine,[2] is celebrated annually on February 14. Originating as a Western Christian feast day honoring one or two early saints named Valentinus, Valentine’s Day is recognized as a significant cultural, religious, and commercial celebration of romance and romantic love in many regions around the world. [End Text Wikipedia]

A tradition worldwide around is to give flowers to his loved one, so WHY NOT ALSO a small electronic device which shows a heart on a LED Matrix?!! It is NOT expensive and gives a certain “special” feeling to your loved one 😉 And ALSO, I give you the “ready code” to start it straight on. You don’t need to create the “Heart Character” before, BUT I will give you ALSO the link to the tutorial who explains very well the How-To!

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The wiring

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WIRING-LED MATRIX-ARDUINO

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There are ONLY five (5) wires to connect and the code works with the ARDUINO UNO and the ARDUINO NANO.

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How-To make custom characters

There is a software available to create custom character codes for the LED-Matrix, please check the tutorial below:

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OR, use an online character-generator, see PIC below for example, please:

 

LED MATRIX GENERATOR-CHARACTER-CODE

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Doesn’t look that difficult, isn’t it?! 😉

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Anyway, find below the ready to use code, please:

All you need now is to bring it into a box for a nicer presentation and to give it as a gift to your love!

Secret tip: Use as well a LCD with scrolling text, where you can program then a special personal text message for your love. Please check my tutorial below:

Keywords necessary for me to create this blog post: Arduino UNO R3, Arduino NANO, LCD 1602, I2C Bus, coding, learning to learn, learning by doing, LED Matrix, Valentine’s Day, Character Generator for LED Matrix,

 


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L’auteur Gust MEES est Formateur andragogique / pédagogique TIC, membre du “Comité Conseil” de “Luxembourg Safer Internet” (LuSI), appelé maintenant BEESECURE, partenaire officiel (consultant) du Ministère de l’éducation au Luxembourg du projet  ”MySecureIT“, partenaire officiel du Ministère du Commerce au Luxembourg du projet ”CASES” (Cyberworld Awareness and Security Enhancement Structure). L’auteur était aussi gagnant d’un concours en électronique en 1979 ( Pays germaniques ) et voyait son projet publié dans le magazine électronique “ELO”.


The author Gust MEES is ICT Course Instructor, ”Member of the Advisory Board” from “Luxembourg Safer Internet” (LuSI), BEESECURE, Official Partner (Consultant) from the Ministry of Education in Luxembourg, project “MySecureIT“, Official Partner from the Ministry of Commerce in Luxembourg, project “CASES” (Cyberworld Awareness and Security Enhancement Structure).

The author was also a winner of an electronics contest (Germanic countries) in 1979 and got his project published in the “Electronics Magazine ELO”.

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CitiZEN-Science: The PracTICE

CitiZEN-Science: The PracTICE

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CitiZEN-Science: The PracTICE

Through the Maker-Movement and IoT (Internet of Things) there is already a LOT happening and different Networks are collecting Data through Sensors and make them available for everybody to have access and study them! Such sensors are e.g.:

  • Air Quality
  • Meteo
  • Street traffic
  • Radiation
  • People (counter) traffic
  • Water Quality
  • Wind velocity
  • Radar for excess of car speed
  • Inundation prevention
  • Observations on:
    • Nature (birds, etc.)
    • Archaeology discovering

Those, above mentioned  applications can even be assembled together and so being a precious source for communes and Governments! Mostly such projects are done with an ARDUINO and/or Raspberry PI based micro controller and a mini computer: The main difference between them is Arduino is microcontroller board while Raspberry PI is a mini computer.

Thus meaning: that fits perfect for the Maker-Movement and could GET integrated easily into STEM projects! 

Well, after following for a long time different possibilities on the How-To to get globally access to such IMPORTANT Big-Data for everyone, I found out THAT “The Things Network” is a perfect way! Please find below the address and the projects:

It is based on the “LoRaWAN“, check below, please, for more information:

Blog post will GET updated and/or new ones will get posted as it is a very interesting Movement! Stay tuned 😉

Meanwhile check the beginning of this blog post, please:

 

 


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Key words necessary for me to create this blog post: CitiZEN-Science, STEM, MakerED, Maker-Spaces, PracTICE, LEARNing-By-Doing, TTN, The Things Network, Arduino, Raspberry PI, LoraWAN, SigFox (Low Power consumption…)

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L’auteur Gust MEES est Formateur andragogique / pédagogique TIC, membre du “Comité Conseil” de “Luxembourg Safer Internet” (LuSI), appelé maintenant BEESECURE, partenaire officiel (consultant) du Ministère de l’éducation au Luxembourg du projet  ”MySecureIT“, partenaire officiel du Ministère du Commerce au Luxembourg du projet ”CASES” (Cyberworld Awareness and Security Enhancement Structure).


The author Gust MEES is ICT Course Instructor, ”Member of the Advisory Board” from “Luxembourg Safer Internet” (LuSI), BEESECURE, Official Partner (Consultant) from the Ministry of Education in Luxembourg, project “MySecureIT“, Official Partner from the Ministry of Commerce in Luxembourg, project “CASES” (Cyberworld Awareness and Security Enhancement Structure).

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First Steps with the Arduino-UNO | Maker, MakerED, MakerSpaces, Coding | Xmas Decoration with Rotating Star using a Stepper-Motor and Scrolling Text with LED Matrix and

First Steps with the Arduino-UNO | Maker, MakerED, MakerSpaces, Coding | Xmas Decoration with Rotating Star using a Stepper-Motor and Scrolling Text with LED Matrix and

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Merry XMAS

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Two different projects will become ONE project for Xmas

Well, in previous tutorials <===> https://gustmees.wordpress.com/2019/11/03/first-steps-with-the-arduino-uno-maker-makered-makerspaces-coding-make-objects-rotating-with-a-stepper-motor/ <===> and in <===>  https://gustmees.wordpress.com/2018/04/08/first-steps-with-the-arduino-uno-r3-maker-makered-coding-scrolling-text-with-8×8-led-matrix/     <===> we learned about the how-to to make objects rotating as well as to display a scrolling text on a LED Matrix. NOW, we will combine those two for a nice Xmas decoration.

When fixing a small object there isn’t any problem, you just drill a hole of the diameter of the axis of the Stepper-Motor and fix it with hot glue or instant glue. BUT, when it comes to make rotating larger objects it will become unstable!! We need then also a larger support plate to fix the object. I used two techniques, one with a copper-plate of 0.8 mm (was still in my cellar for 30 years…) and/or a single-sided copper-Epoxy plate. Copper-plates are expensive and single-sided copper-Epoxy plates are on a less expensive price. They are about 0.65-1€/piece on Amazon.

For our Xmas project we will use a plastic star with LEDs which will get fixed the following way, check below please.

 

Single-sided Copper-Epoxy plate

Single-sided Copper-Epoxy plate

Single-sided Copper-Epoxy plate

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Single-sided Copper-Epoxy plate

 

Single-sided Copper-Epoxy plate

Single-sided Copper-Epoxy plate

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Mounting and fixing of the Stepper-Motor

Fixing the Stepper-Motor

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Mounting and fixing of an object

Support for Xmas decoration

Support for Xmas decoration

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Support for Xmas decoration

Support for Xmas decoration

Support for Xmas decoration

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Support for Xmas decoration

Support for Xmas decoration

Support for Xmas decoration

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As Xmas star I used one from Amazon, please check below:

Price is 14.99€, you may as well chose another one.

For the code (Sketch) please look at the following tutorial:

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Two Projects in ONE

Once the Xmas Star fixed together with the Stepper-Motor, cabled and the the Code tested, WE fix our LED matrix with hot-glue, cabling it and running the Code for a last test:

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Finished project front view.

 

Merry XMAS

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Finished project rear view.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Finished project rear view.

 

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Arduino NANO Screw Terminal

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arduino-nano-screw-terminal

 

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POWER BANK

POWER BANK

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Prototype Shield for ARDUINO UNO-3

Prototype Shield for ARDUINO UNO-3

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As a reminder, please check below for the instructions for the LED-Matrix.

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The cabling, wiring…

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Rotating Xmas Star with Stepper-Motor and Scrolling Text with LED Matrix

Rotating Xmas Star with Stepper-Motor and Scrolling Text with LED Matrix

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Please, check above image (photo) where you will see the How-To to implement on an easy wiring way the components.

More explanations to come, stay tuned…

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L’auteur Gust MEES est Formateur andragogique / pédagogique TIC, membre du “Comité Conseil” de “Luxembourg Safer Internet” (LuSI), appelé maintenant BEESECURE, partenaire officiel (consultant) du Ministère de l’éducation au Luxembourg du projet  ”MySecureIT“, partenaire officiel du Ministère du Commerce au Luxembourg du projet ”CASES” (Cyberworld Awareness and Security Enhancement Structure)..


The author Gust MEES is ICT Course Instructor, ”Member of the Advisory Board” from “Luxembourg Safer Internet” (LuSI), BEESECURE, Official Partner (Consultant) from the Ministry of Education in Luxembourg, project “MySecureIT“, Official Partner from the Ministry of Commerce in Luxembourg, project “CASES” (Cyberworld Awareness and Security Enhancement Structure).

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