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First Steps with the Arduino-UNO | Maker, MakerED, MakerSpaces, Coding | Make objects rotating with a Stepper-Motor | Tips and Tricks

First Steps with the Arduino-UNO | Maker, MakerED, MakerSpaces, Coding | Make objects rotating with a Stepper-Motor | Tips and Tricks

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Fixing a Stepper-Motor for large objects

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Make objects rotating with a Stepper-Motor | Tips and Tricks

Well, in a previous tutorial <===> https://gustmees.wordpress.com/2018/09/19/halloween-project-with-skull-arduino-blinking-leds-and-scrolling-eyes-maker-makered-makerspaces/ <===> we created a Halloween Skull and it was fix, didn’t rotate. Fun? YES, BUT more fun when it is rotating by using a Stepper-Motor; looks then as it would observe, control the space around it 😉 And it is very easy to create, only a Stepper-Motor, an Arduino NANO and a bit Code; the rest is a bit manual work to fix mechanically the motor. And with the right tools the mechanical work is a piece of cake 😉. We will discuss ONLY the mechanical works and for the the code (Sketch) for the Arduino, please look at the following tutorial:

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.

 

Elegoo Set of 5 Stepper Motor 5 V

 

 

 

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Arduino NANO

 

 

ARDUINO NANO

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Drill Countersink Set / Step drill Set

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Single-sided Copper-Epoxy plate

Single-sided Copper-Epoxy plate

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The mechanical works

First of all chose on what material you would like to fix the Stepper-Motor: this could be metal, plastic, cardboard or wood. As I like recycling, I ask in the Supermarket to get an empty wooden wine box. The Supermarket sometimes opens a six-pack of wine bottles in a wooden case (box) and they are happy NOT to recycle it themselves 😉 Here below an example for a Halloween project…

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Wooden box front view

 

Wooden wine box front view

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Wooden box rear view

 

Wooden wine box rear view

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Mounting and fixing of the Stepper-Motor

Fixing the Stepper-Motor

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Mounting and fixing of an objectCopper plate soldered n the Stepper-Motor

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Skull glued on copperplate with Stepper-Motor

Skull glued on copperplate with Stepper-Motor

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Skull is fixed on the wooden box – happy-Halloween-rotating-skull

happy-halloween-rotating-skull

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Desription:
Drill a hole with a 6 mm drill in your support, then use the 32 mm Step-Drill to make the hole diameter fit to the diameter of the Stepper-Motor. Fix the Stepper-Motor. I used a copper-plate for having a large surface to fix the chosen rotating object. The axis from the Stepper-Motor is made from brass and that fits very well with copper for soldering them together. For the soldering you need an 80 Watt solder iron with a temperature of 430° C (806° F). Before you start soldering: clean the copper-plate, take off the patina first!! Same step for the 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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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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Desription:

Above you see an example for a Xmas project, tutorial will follow soon, 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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First Steps with the Arduino-UNO | Maker, MakerED, MakerSpaces, Coding | Make objects rotating with a Stepper-Motor

First Steps with the Arduino-UNO | Maker, MakerED, MakerSpaces, Coding | Make objects rotating with a Stepper-Motor

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happy-halloween-rotating-skull

Happy-Halloween-rotating-skull

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Make objects rotating with a Stepper-Motor

Well, in a previous tutorial <===> https://gustmees.wordpress.com/2018/09/19/halloween-project-with-skull-arduino-blinking-leds-and-scrolling-eyes-maker-makered-makerspaces/ <===> we created a Halloween Skull and it was fix, didn’t rotate. Fun? YES, BUT more fun when it is rotating by using a Stepper-Motor; looks then as it would observe, control the space around it 😉 And it is very easy to create, only a Stepper-Motor, an Arduino NANO and a bit Code; the rest is a bit manual work to fix mechanically the motor. And with the right tools the mechanical work is a piece of cake 😉 Let us have first a look of the parts and the costs, followed by the mechanical works and then the code (Sketch) for the Arduino.

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Prices and where to order

 

Elegoo Set of 5 Stepper Motor 5 V

 

 

 

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Arduino NANO

 

 

ARDUINO NANO

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Drill Countersink Set / Step drill Set

Click image, please, to enlarge.

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The mechanical works

First of all chose on what material you would like to fix the Stepper-Motor: this could be metal, plastic, cardboard or wood. As I like recycling, I ask in the Supermarket to get an empty wooden wine box. The Supermarket sometimes opens a six-pack of wine bottles in a wooden case (box) and they are happy NOT to recycle it themselves 😉 Here below an example for a Halloween project…

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Wooden box front view

 

Wooden wine box front view

 

Click image, please, to enlarge.

Wooden box rear view

 

Wooden wine box rear view

Click image, please, to enlarge.

 

Mounting and fixing of the Stepper-Motor

Fixing the Stepper-Motor

Click image, please, to enlarge.

Mounting and fixing of an object

Copper plate soldered n the Stepper-Motor

Click image, please, to enlarge.

Skull glued on copperplate with Stepper-Motor

Skull glued on copperplate with Stepper-Motor

Click image, please, to enlarge.

Skull is fixed on the wooden box – happy-Halloween-rotating-skull

happy-halloween-rotating-skull

Click image, please, to enlarge.

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Desription:
Drill a hole with a 6 mm drill in your support, then use the 32 mm Step-Drill to make the hole diameter fit to the diameter of the Stepper-Motor. Fix the Stepper-Motor. I used a copper-plate for having a large surface to fix the chosen rotating object. The axis from the Stepper-Motor is made from brass and that fits very well with copper for soldering them together. For the soldering you need an 80 Watt solder iron with a temperature of 430° C (806° F). Before you start soldering: clean the copper-plate, take off the patina first!!
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The wiring

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Stepper-Motor example

Stepper-Motor example

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The wiring is actually very simple, please look below:
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Stepper-Motor wiring

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The Code

Please find below the Sketch (Code) which is very simple

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The code

Click image, please, to access the source of the code.

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Sources and tutorials:

 

Here below the video:

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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, NANO | Displaying Time, Date, Temperature and Humidity on a LCD2004 Display | Maker, MakerED, Maker Spaces, Coding

First steps with the Arduino UNO, NANO | Displaying Time, Date, Temperature and Humidity on a LCD2004 Display | Maker, MakerED, Maker Spaces, Coding

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Displaying Time, Date, Temperature and Humidity on a LCD2004 Display

We were already playing around with a LCD2004 display in a previous tutorial where we displayed the temperature and the humidity <===> First Steps with the Arduino-UNO R3 and NANO | Maker, MakerED, Coding | I2C LCD Temp./Humidity displaying, now we will add as well Time and Date with a DS3231 module.

We will use the tutorial from <===> Arduino datalogger with SD card, DS3231 and DHT22 sensor, where we will NOT use the datalogger for our project to make it as easy as possible; courageous ones, once the project is working for them, may add the datalogger 😉 In that tutorial you will find also the code…

Please check video tutorial below:

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Check also the blog below, please:

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Check the schematic above please to know how to wire it; first we will do it on a breadboard and later we could solder it… Do the wiring as shown, without the Datalogger-SDCard-Module. See PIC below, please.

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In the above image you will see an DHT11 Sensor (blue case) as at the time I didn’t have it yet (was ordered…) a DHT22 Sensor (white case) as shown on the finished project. As the project works we can now solder everything together on a strip-board, choosing a case; I used a cardboard box with the dimensions of 140 mm X 130 mm X 60 mmm, fixing the LCD2004 and the DHT22-Sensor on the front of the cardboard box.

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Components soldered on a Stripboard

Components soldered on a Stripboard

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Soldering cables on the DHT22 sensor and isolating pins with heatshrink tube

Soldering cables on the DHT22 sensor and isolating pins with heatshrink tube

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Soldering cables on the I2C adapter of the LCD2004 and isolating pins with heatshrink tube

Soldering cables on the I2C adapter of the LCD2004 and isolating pins with heatshrink tube

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Fixing the LCD2004 display on the frontpanel and the distance bolts

Fixing the LCD2004 display on the frontpanel and the distance bolts

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Final assembling of the parts

Final assembling of the parts

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The finished project

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As you can see in above image, I added some text with a Dymo tape, looks better 😉

 


The Sketch (Code) for the project

One thing missing, the sketch (code). Please find it below and open it , copy it and paste it to the Arduino IDE:

Read the comments in the sketch to understand the changes which I made to the original, it’s actual easy…

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Prices and where to order

 

RTC DS3231

 

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Arduino NANO

ARDUINO NANO

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LCD2004-I2C

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 Temperature/Humidity SensorsDHT11

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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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Maker Inspiration-WHERE to GET Information to Stay Informed?

Maker Inspiration-WHERE to GET Information to Stay Informed?

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Maker Inspiration-WHERE to GET Information to Stay Informed?

Well, you jumped in into the world of makers (OR want to do SO soon…) and you feel comfortable with it? You found out THAT it is important to learn about THAT movement as it brings out creativity and a BETTER understanding in EDUcation WHEN one touches the stuff and it is done by YOURSELF???!!! You learned THAT <===> #LEARNingByDoing <===> is VERY important???!!! THEN, of course you would like to stay informed about WHAT is going on around in the world of THAT movement, ISN’T it???

I would suggest you to read my following blog posts first, please, before I will give you some VERY interesting links to stay Up-To-Date:

SO, NOW you have the necessary information about WHAT it is! Let us look NOW WHERE WE can find inspiration, news, tutorials, etc. for our interests:

This list will GET updated as soon as I have found new resources…

Please, read ALSO:

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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 R3 | Maker, MakerED, MakerSpaces, Coding | Xmas Star with NeoPixels WS2812B

First Steps with the Arduino-UNO R3 | Maker, MakerED, MakerSpaces, Coding | Xmas Star with NeoPixels WS2812B

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NeoPixels WS2812B Xmas Star

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Xmas Star with NeoPixels WS2812B made from cardboard

Xmas Star with cardboard and NeoPixels WS2812BSoon there will be Christmas and decorations are getting put around the house worldwide as it is tradition since ages to do so. That’s also the time for tinkerers, makers to GET some new ideas. Well, I thought on a project which everybody could do without having a 3D-Printer NOR a Laser cutter at home and not having access to them on other places. SO, I tried out to create a Xmas-Star from cardboard using an Arduino UNO and Neopixels…

I recently bought 1 Meter of Neopixels WS2812B with 60 LEDs and tried it out while wife was looking at it and she told me if that wouldn’t be an idea for making a Christmas-Decoration, e.g. a star. I took that challenge and a day later it was working, LOL 😉 I used a 3,5 mm thick cardboard from a red wine box which was stable enough to create the project.

 

The measures are 160 mm x 160 mm and there are 8 segments with an angle of 45° (8 x 45 = 360°). This is quiet easy to draw on cardboard… Once the lines drawn, up from the middle line draw a 1 cm to the left and to the right so that it makes a 2 cm width of each segment. On the middle cut out a square hole from 1,6 cm. That is the perfect outfit for the Christmas-Star. Cut it out with a sharp cutter and paint it with the color of your choice, I used green… NOW take the 1 meter long ribbon and cut off 8 x 4 LEDs. THEN take off the protection paper from the Neopixels WS2812B ribbon and glue them on the cardboard, see PIC please.

 

Find below, please, a drawing with the dimensions and where to cut out:

Dimensions of the Xmas Star

 

You may have a look on this Tutorial to know a bit more about the handling of Neopixel LEDS, please:

The project itself by cabling is actually VERY easy, ONLY 3 wires, the MOST work is on the mechanical part by cutting the cardboard, painting, soldering the Neopixels WS2812B strip and to put everything into a box with the necessary parts, while drilling, etc. WE will see this in detail by following PICS… But first let us solder and interconnecting the 8 x 4 Neopixels LEDs strips, you need to follow the arrows on the strips to connect each of the 8 x 4 LED strips, thus meaning: see PICs please:

Follow the arrows

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Please have a look on how this will look in our project; we use color flat cable to make the connections.

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Back side view of the Xmas star: click image, please, to enlarge.

Back side view of the Xmas star: click image, please, to enlarge.

The flat cable will get fixed with hot-glue on the cardboard.

 

Front side view of the Xmas star

Front side view of the Xmas star: click image, please, to enlarge.

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Once the 8 x 4 LED strips are interconnected, you can connect the other 28 LEDs to the point marked with “START” and connect them to the ARDUINO UNO board through a screw terminal to make the first tests. Please check the tutorial below with the code for the How-To:

IF everything is working, hopefully, we can go for the integration of the components into a housing. TIP: prepare the ARDUINO UNO (NANO) already with the code uploaded and test after each 4 LED strips connected to make sure it will work!! it’s BETTER to invest time for NOT later having trouble and NOT knowing from where the fault comes 😉

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Housing (case) for Xmas Star

Housing (case) for Xmas Star

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Housing (case) for Xmas Star

Housing (case) for Xmas Star

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Housing (case) for Xmas Star

Housing (case) for Xmas Star

 

Housing (case) for Xmas Star

Housing (case) for Xmas Star

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Soldering inside the housing (case) for Xmas star

Soldering inside the housing (case) for Xmas star

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Soldering inside the housing (case) for Xmas star

Soldering inside the housing (case) for Xmas star

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Well, you have seen NOW the different mechanical steps and the soldering inside the housing, that’s the preparation, now we have to connect as well the Xmas star to the Arduino… We will use a 3 x 0.75 mm² cable to do so, find below, please, some PICs which show you the How-To, as well as the components with links to purchase them (I used AMAZON.DE), feel FREE to purchase them where you want:

 

Finished housing for Xmas star

Finished housing for Xmas star

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BTF-LIGHTING 1M 60 LEDs/Pixels/m WS2812B Schwarz PCB RGB adressierbare Strip 

WS2812B-1m-60 LEDs

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AMAZON.DE

https://www.amazon.de/gp/product/B01CDTEE5W

 

2 x 170mm x 105mm x 85mm Waterproof Plastic Enclosure Case Power Junction Box

2 x 170mm x 105mm x 85mm Waterproof Plastic Enclosure Case Power Junction Box

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AMAZON.DE

https://www.amazon.de/gp/product/B06XDK3GFT

 

Aussel 10 Stück AC 125 V 6A ON-ON 3 Pins 2 Position Mini Kippschalter für Arduino

Aussel 10 Stück AC 125 V 6A ON-ON 3 Pins 2 Position Mini Kippschalter für Arduino

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AMAZON.DE

https://www.amazon.de/gp/product/B077D9FRGL

 

Ehao 20 Stück Kupfer 5mm Leuchtdiode LED-Lampensockel-Montage-Panel-Display

Ehao 20 Stück Kupfer 5mm Leuchtdiode LED-Lampensockel-Montage-Panel-Display

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AMAZON.DE

https://www.amazon.de/gp/product/B01MRVAFGK/

10 Stück Wentronic EDC 21 L DC-Einbaubuchse Stift 2,1 mm,geschl.

10 Stück Wentronic EDC 21 L DC-Einbaubuchse Stift 2,1 mm,geschl.

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AMAZON.DE

https://www.amazon.de/gp/product/B00DDQ7EVG/

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WINOMO DC 12V 1A CCTV Kamera Netzteil EU Stecker (Schwarz)

WINOMO DC 12V 1A CCTV Kamera Netzteil EU Stecker (Schwarz)

 

AZDelivery ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ UNO R3 mit USB-Kabel, 100% Arduino kompatibel mit gratis eBook!

AZDelivery ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ UNO R3 mit USB-Kabel, 100% Arduino kompatibel mit gratis eBook!

AMAZON.DE

https://www.amazon.de/gp/product/B01MDJA464/

Kopp 151610846 Schlauchleitung H03 VV-F, 3 x 0.75 mm², 10 m, weiß

Kopp 151610846 Schlauchleitung H03 VV-F, 3 x 0.75 mm², 10 m, weiß

AMAZON.DE

https://www.amazon.de/gp/product/B000VDEX2M/

 

Klebesockel für Kabelbinder 19 mm x 19mm Montagesockel

Klebesockel für Kabelbinder 19 mm x 19mm Montagesockel

 

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AMAZON.DE

https://www.amazon.de/gp/product/B01NAKYL5X/

 

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And here the MOST important to make it work, the code:

The code will get downloaded and copy it, then paste it into the Arduino IDE.

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This is how the code will look and where you can (MUST) modify it, see PIC below please:

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WS2812B Sketch

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You need ALSO to download and to install the “FastLED.h” Library

FastLED-Library

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Download the  “FastLED.h” Library here in case of that you will NOT find it in the “Library manager”:

Check also, please:

Have fun and stay tuned for next projects 😉

 


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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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Keywords necessary for me to create this blog post: Arduino UNO R3, Arduino NANO, UNO R3 Project, Xmas Star, WM2812B RGB LEDs, Heatshrinking-Tube, coding, learning to learn, learning by doing,

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First Steps with the Arduino-UNO R3 and NANO | Maker, MakerED, Coding | RFID RC522 Tag-Card Reader with LCD1602-I2C

First Steps with the Arduino-UNO R3 and NANO | Maker, MakerED, Coding | RFID RC522 Tag-Card Reader with LCD1602-I2C

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RFID-RC522-LCD1602-I2C

 

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RFID RC522 Tag-Card Reader with LCD1602-I2C

We were already playing around with LCD’s in our previous tutorial <===> First Steps with the Arduino-UNO R3 | Maker, MakerED, Coding | Super Starter Kit UNO R3 Project | LCD and Sensors Project <===> but there we used the SPI-Bus, meaning: connecting 12 wires (Potentiometer connections included…)!! With the I2C Bus we need ONLY to connect 4 wires!!

Check PICs below please to see the difference:

SPI Bus connections

LCD1602-Wiring with Arduino

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I2C Bus connections on Arduino UNO

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I2C LCD1602 PINOUT on Arduino UNO

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I2C Bus connections on Arduino NANO

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I2C LCD1602 PINOUT-Arduino NANO

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SO, as you can see there is a BIG difference in cabling 😉 Especially beginners in Coding would appreciate this I2C version with ONLY 4 wires!

Learn more:

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Check this video tutorial which explains very well about I2C:

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Let us NOW first watch the video tutorial to see about WHAT this tutorial is…

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The video and the code description in the Sketch are in Portuguese, BUT DON’T worry, I will give you later some screenshots with English text which you will need to change in the code; there are anyway some lines of code to add (change…) to make it working correctly! But let us FIRST have a look on the PINOUT of the RFID RC522 to see WHAT we have to connect.

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RFID-RC522-PINOUT

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So, let us now connect the RFID-RC522 to the Arduino UNO or the Arduino NANO, I used a Arduino NANO and its working perfectly! Check the translated (Google translate) wiring instructions.

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1ibdy1vf6wghd-n05dgl-attenzionearchitettofr01Make sure to connect the RFID-RC522 to 3,3 Volts and NOT to 5 Volts, you will fry the device otherwise!!

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Connections-RFID-ARDUINO

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As we can see from the bove there are 7 wires to connect from 8 possible connections on the RFIF RC522 device; the “interrupt pin (IRQ)” isn’t needed! SO, lets connect these pins to the Arduino UNO, or as I did to the Arduino NANO; it works on both! Next step is to connect the LCD1602 I2C to the Arduino, it’s pretty simple, check below please. ONLY 4 wires!

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The wiring done, NOW we can download the code (Sketch) and upload it to our Arduino UNO, or NANO through the Arduino IDE, please find the download link below:

Once uploaded (compiling) the code there could be some errors happening, it happens to me… please check PIC below:

 

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Well I made some searches on the internet and I found the right answer on a forum about this error, which sais that one should scan the I2C Address of the device and replace the “lcd.init();” by “lcd.begin (0x3F,16,2);” whereby “0x3F” is the I2C Address of my LCD1602/I2C module. I scanned to find out the I2C Addess with this sketch, please check here:

I bought 3 from Amazon (Germany) delivered from “AZ Delivery” <===>  https://www.amazon.de/gp/product/B079T1BW6T  <===> and they should have had ALL the I2C-Address “0X27” as explained in their FREE eBook <===>  https://bibliothek.az-delivery.de/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/11-AZ-Delivery_16x2LCD-I2C-Display-Bundle_Startertutorial.pdf   <===> but ONLY 1 had this address and two others the I2C-Address “0X3F”!! BTW: AZ Delivery has very GOOD stuff for reasonable prices!

Here below the results of the scan of the I2C-Address, shown in the Serial-Monitor of the Arduino IDE:.

 

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I2C-ADDRESS-SCAN-2

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SO, make sure to FIRST scan the I2C-Address through the above mentioned Sketch, will save you a lot of stress! 😉

TIP: Use a DYMO, print out the I2C-Addresses and glue them on the backside of the LCD1602 Display, so you know for next projects WHAT I2C-Address the module has! 😉 In a couple of weeks you wouldn’t remind it anymore! 

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I2C Addresses on LCD1602

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Resolving the ERROR message

Coming back to resolve our ERROR-message and how to resolve it:

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ERROR-1-Changing some code for working

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Check the lines marked with ***************************, in my case it is lines 36 and 40-52! Change it as it is displayed above, save it and upload it; it should work correctly now!

Please check the PICs below to see different interactions of the reader and the display:

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Access Control Start Display

Access Control Start Display

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Access Control Invalid card/tag

 

Access Control Invalid Card/Tag

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Access Control-Access granted

Access granted

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Prices of the used material:

 

 

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For those interested in to know a bit theory about NFC, RFID, please check below:

 

Check also this video, please:

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

 


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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”.

 

Keywords necessary for me to create this blog post: Arduino UNO R3, Arduino NANO, LCD 1602, I2C Bus, RFID, RC522,Tag, Card Reader, Tag Reader, Access Control, coding, learning to learn, learning by doing, trouble shooting, I2C scan, LCD160/I2C,

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Xmas and Holiday Gifts Which Make Sense For LEARNing

Xmas and Holiday Gifts Which Make Sense For LEARNing

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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 (2017) 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 maker scene?

I invite you to read my bog post about it below, please:

Variable Power Supply-work in progressIn the Makerspaces as well as in Maker-EDUcation the creativity and PracTICE are getting fostered to be prepared for what the workforce and the industry are needing! The kids, students, learners are Learning-By-Doing and that is with fun involved also! They are not only tinkering around but they get coached in a “NO Hierarchy” space; in Luxembourg. SO, they can communicate with each other to solve problems and as well later also doing the same through the Social-Media and forums. They learn also by that way to build teams and are able for team-work later once out of school.

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Team-Work is one of the essential skills which students, learners need to have for the future! Read also my blog post below, please, which explains WHAT the skills for the future are:

Learn more by reading my blog posts from Makerspaces in Luxembourg:

In the above blog posts you will find information what is happening and you can contact the responsible persons for more information; let your kids go there and have fun by LEARNing-By-Doing! 😉

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!

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

 


Ideas to get people interested to become makers

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Here, below, some ideas for the makers:

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Ideas to get people interested into Coding

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Here, below, some ideas for Coding:

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WHERE to buy quality stuff?

Let your creativity go, let it flow! 😉 Just have fun with LEARNing-By-Doing!

But, WHERE to buy the stuff to be sure it is also quality!? Please check below my selection:


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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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Stay tuned for next blog post(s) 😉..

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Keywords necessary for me to create this blog post: Arduino website, tutorials, coding examples, step by step introduction, no fear, Arduino projects, Conrad, where to buy the stuff, creativity, communication, teamwork, future skills,

 

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Science Festival 2017 in Luxembourg (Europe)

Science Festival 2017 in Luxembourg (Europe)

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Science Festival 2017 in Luxembourg (Europe)

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It is the first time that I visited the “Science Festival” in Luxembourg-City, although it is already on its 11th Edition. The first edition was run when Luxembourg-City was Europe’s cultural capital in 1995. This year there was a BIG press coverage and advertising about it so that I decided to go visiting it! I didn’t regret it and I will visit it again, hopefully next year it will not rain again!

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WHAT is it about!?

(Start Text from http://chronicle.lu/category/things-to-see-do/biggest-science-festival-returns-to-luxembourg-next-week-with-50-workshops) Organised by the National Museum of Natural History (MNHN) and the National Research Fund (FNR), the purpose of the annual Science Festival is to present and promote science and research in Luxembourg and to encourage young people and the public to become interested in, experiment with and discuss science and technology. (End text…)

Luxembourg needs more people in Science, ICT, Research and through such festivals it tries to use the curiosity of youth to make them sensible to maybe direct them to study in these fields. It was a BIG success as far as I can say, last year they had about 12.000 visitors and more expected for this year. I saw a lot of youth sitting in the different ateliers, workshops to tinker around with lot of interest and motivation. I got told that there were even some kids visiting the place for the second day (Saturday and Sunday, it was open for the public) together with their father and that they spent about four (4) hours, that’s what I call passion! Looks like that there will be some future scientist growing!

Read more about what the press said in my curation (DE, FR, EN, LU):

Check my photos below, please:

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Read also please some of my blog posts about <===> LEARNing-By-Doing and Maker:

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Keywords necessary for me to create this blog post: Luxembourg, Science, Luxembourg Science-Festival 2017, Maker, MakerED, MakerSpaces, Musées, FNR, curation, blogs, creativity, motivation, engagement, curiosity, photos, YouTube,…

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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).

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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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Critical Thinking AND Proactive Thinking a MUST in Modern-EDU!

Critical Thinking AND Proactive Thinking a MUST in Modern-EDU!

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Critical Thinking AND Proactive Thinking a MUST in Modern-EDU! WHY!?

Looks to me as WE will live THE same as in 50’s-60’s with “James DEAN“, Living on the edge Youth & Society“, overload of information!? Change? At that time period it was TV, NOW it’s the internet, similarities? Well, I think so!! A NEW media showed up, the internet, and with the internet ALSO Social-Media. MOST of people are just consumers and DON’T see the dangers NOR do THEY accept THEM!! It’s a Virtual-World which THEY can’t imagine about HOW it will have an impact on Real-World!! BOTH, the Virtual-World and the Real-World are influencing each other!

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WE are facing actually (2017) “Fake News“, MOST coming and being sponsored by politics interests!!! Just follow “Donald TRUMP’s election campaign and his actually acting…” and YOU will understand WHAT is going on! I encourage YOU to go for “Deep-THINKing” about WHAT is happening in Virtual-World THAT will influence the Real-World!!!

Knowing THIS, you certainly agree with me that there is a MUST to learn about “Critical THINKing, but HOW!?? Please read my curation articles below:

 

Read also the article below, please:

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Radical Pedagogy: Education has the power to change social inequality by nurturing a generation with an educated mistrust of everything that has been indoctrinated before. This educational stance is one that we must all strive for as the moral purpose of education.

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And WHAT about Proactive-Thinking?

Teaching, the profession that creates all other professionsProactive-Thinking SHOULD be burned in into EVERY Educators, Teachers MIND! WHY!??? The MOST IMPORTANT for any education related persons should be THEIR students, learners and the how to to prepare THEM for THEIR future!!

THIS Proactive-Thinking results in getting informed about WHAT is the need from the workforce, industry etc. to make sure that the future workers, employees… will be able to help the country to stay competitive with well educated persons! Especially for NEW jobs who will be created because of ICT, where nearly no one knows WHAT those jobs could be!!

Therefore it is very important that Educators, Teachers focus THEIR Professional Development first on the skills that students, learners need to have!

Read my blog post, below please:

 

ICT RESPONSIBILITY

 

 

 

AND as WE are working with ICT, it is MANDATORY that WE will have knowledge about Cyber Security to protect at its BEST OUR students, learners and THAT WE forward OUR knowledge to THEM!

 

 

 

 

Please read my blog post below:

WHY is Proactive-Thinking IMPORTANT and a MUST in Modern-Education with and about ICT!?

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Proactive-Thinking is ALSO a MUST in Makerspaces and MakerEd

To ensure the safety of OUR students, learners, WE MUST be informed about Safety-Rules when working with different tools and the possible dangers of those tools!!

Please read also my blog post below:

 

And as usually, I remind YOU about the “Synthesizing Mind“!

 

Synthesizing Mind-5 Minds for the future

 

Keywords for me to create this blog post: Actual Politics (Turkey, USA…), Cyber-Security, Bullying, Cyber-Bullying, Social Media, behavior, IS, Society, liberal thinking, NO LIMITS, living on the edge, understanding, overload of information?, FAKE NEWS,

 


 

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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).

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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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Makerfest at LTESCH in Luxembourg (Europe)

Makerfest at LTESCH in Luxembourg (Europe)

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Makerfest at LTESCH in Luxembourg (Europe)

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A <===> Makerfest <===> was organized at Lycée Technique ESCH/ALZETTE on 04-07-2017. Over 1.000 persons, apparently 2.000 expected, were present on the second Makerfest at LTESCH (Luxembourg), organized by BEECREATIVE, Service National de la Jeunesse, SCRIPT. Lots of different schools from around the country were present with their students (learners) from any age! As presenters of THEIR MakerSpaces and/or as visitors to take part in the many offered “ateliers”. From 3D Printing, Laser cutting, Green Screen video recordings, Fidget-Spinners making (THAT was THE HIT!), coding with Scratch, LEGO MINDSTORMS and NOT to forget <===> KNIWWELINO <===> a NEW project created by LIST (Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology) who was specially developed to meet the needs of coding for youth!
It was a pleasure to see with HOW MANY fun the kids and teens were “making” and LEARNing 😉 IF THAT isn’t the future, WHAT else! 😉 I wish I would be that young again to visit such schools 😉

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BEECREATIVE has created its FIRST <===> Makermag <===> with lots of interesting articles showing the activities in the different MakerSpaces and ALSO with a tutorial!.

The MakerSpace <===> BASE ONE <===> at <===> Forum Geesseknäppchen in Luxembourg-City <===> is NOW ALSO <===> Open Space <===> on Saturdays from 10:00h to 12:00h and from 13:00h to 15:00h where parents can come in together with their kids!!

More infos:

The next <===> Makerfest <===> will be hold on 11-12-2017 and 12-12-2017 at <===> Forum Geesseknäppchen in Luxembourg-City!

Some interesting links:

 

As a reminder WHAT <===> MakerSpaces <===> are in Luxembourg (Europe), remark THE word <===> NO HIERARCHY! <===> and coaching as well, NOT teaching!

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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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Stay tuned for next blog post(s) 😉..

 

Keywords necessary for me to create this blog post: Creativity, Life-Long Learning, Learning To Learn, Learning By doing, BASE ONE, BEECREATIVE, Laser cutter, 3D Printing, Green Screen Videos, Stop-Motion Videos, tutorials, linking to other blog posts, KNIWWELINO, LIST, SCRIPT,

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