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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

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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

Please check the pictures below:

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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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Social Distancing Monitor with Alarm, Arduino NANO and I2C LCD2004 Display | Maker, MakerED, Maker Spaces, Coding

Social Distancing Monitor with Alarm, Arduino NANO and I2C LCD2004 Display | Maker, MakerED, Maker Spaces, Coding

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Social Distancing Monitor with Alarm, Arduino NANO and I2C LCD2004 Display

In previous tutorial we were using an LCD1602 display, this time we will use an LCD2004 display which gives us the opportunity to display on four (4) lines. That enables us to display more accurate text.

The wiring is exactly the same as already mentioned in previous tutorial, there is ONLY to make a few changes in the code, please check:

The complete Code fr an LCD1602 display 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!

SO, once uploaded we will need to change some code to make it work for an LCD2004 display, we will see how below.

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Well, as you can see there isn’t a lot of changes, easy!! A 5 minutes project 😉 Once you have changed the mentioned lines, upload the code again.

And IF you want to START straight on, here below is the code in .doc format:

 

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Stay tuned for next blog post(s) 😉

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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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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

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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 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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HEART-LED-MATRIX

 

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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!

Please check below the tutorials with the wiring and the code:

 


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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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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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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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.

 

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ARDUINO NANO

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Drill Countersink Set / Step drill Set

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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

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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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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 Raspberry PI | How-To Start and WHERE to Find Tutorials for Beginners

First Steps with the Raspberry PI | How-To Start and WHERE to Find Tutorials for Beginners

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Raspberry PI START

Raspberry PI START

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How-To Start: requirements and where to buy the Raspberry PI

Being since years a BIG fan of Arduino and doing a LOT of projects with it, I was thinking about to start ALSO with the Raspberry PI. Here below my advice and thoughts….

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Tutorials in German:

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Video in German

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Tutorials in English:

As actually there is a NEW version available, THE “Raspberry PI 4”, which ISN’T compatible mostly with other versions (as far as I understood…), AND that the “Desktop Kit” ISN’T available yet, I STOP here and waiting for WHEN it is available to make a decision IF I will START with it!!!

Keywords necessary for me to create this Blog post: Xmas gift, where to buy, tutorials, Raspberry PI, how to get started, Starter kit,

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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

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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 object

Copper 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!!
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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

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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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SO, you are a retired EDUcator, TEACHer, Instructor, LEHRENDER: WHAT to do NOW?!!

SO, you are a retired EDUcator, TEACHer, Instructor, LEHRENDER: WHAT to do NOW?!!

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Evolution of Education: Wordle Logo

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SO, you are a retired EDUcator, TEACHer, Instructor, LEHRENDER: WHAT to do NOW?!!

programmerman-animatedWell, that was the question I was asking myself when I became retired in 2014. As I did innovation in Modern-EDUcation in my country Luxembourg, there was NO WAY to give that up, BTW! SO, years before my retirement I was already present on Social-Media Twitter (2009), Facebook, and I did Curation (2011), as I was blogging (2010-2011) ALSO, actually very successful with > 197K (197.132) views (November 2019).

Giving up something which was already well known worldwide, was NO OPTION! Well, please check below HOW YOU can stay informed and trying to help others as well; remember: you are NOT anymore in the “School-Cocoon” and MORE FREE to say WHAT YOU want!! YOU DON’T have to go to “stupid” meetings anymore which are time-killing and mostly useless!!!

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A BIG difference, use it, please to make a CHANGE!! Others will listen and maybe follow your advice for a BETTER EDUcation, a Modern-EDUcation! Advice: Please check below to follow and to stay Up-To-Date!

AND, why not starting with tinkering and coding, being part of the Maker-Community and trying it out to be able to share it with your community in the MakerED, Maker-Spaces? You have time NOW, use it, please for the benefit of the LEARNERS! Check below please:

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NEW Words, Trends to Know and to LEARN about in 21st Century

programmerman2Are YOU feeling overwhelmed with strange words, NEW trends, when you are reading and following posts, tweets, articles about/and in Social Media!? Well, I can understand YOU!!! There are SO MUCH, if I wouldn’t do curation, I wouldn’t understand it anymore as well, to be honest! 😉 Through my daily curation I see it and I read those articles, from WHERE I learn a lot as an autodidact. WHEN there are some words which I DON’T understand I am going MOSTLY to Wikipedia to find its explication and if NOT sufficient, I use GOOGLE and other online resources to know MORE about it!

For ME it’s THE BEST way (Curation) to learn and to stay up-to-date with my Professional Development! I tried out a lot of different ways after being online since 1998 and believe me, please, it’s the fastes way to keep it UP! 😉 Through Curation I build up my <===> PKM <===> Personal [Professional] Knowledge Management from where I can use it in ANY of my blogs, twitter posts and other Social Media to share it to people willing to learn.

Let us FIRST have a look about WHAT Curation and PKM is (first stuff to read and bring into PracTICE) before WE continue with THE strange words and trends later:

SO, let’s have a look on some (actually a lot…) NEW words and trends in EDUcation and WHO will influence EDUcation below, as THEY are actually running in Real-World, let us START first with the words:

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P.S.: The present words with NOT YET a link will get updated later, otherwise I wouldn’t finish this blog post! 😉

Dynamic Learning

Does your classroom offer one-and-done types of learning activities, or does the learning grow, inspire, and evolve throughout the year and beyond? With digital tools like G Suite for Education that are available 24/7, the learning doesn’t have to stop when the bell rings at the end of class, or when the worksheet is turned in, or even when the school year ends. The learning takes on a life of its own; it becomes dynamicThis concept alone should change the way you think about learning in general and change the way you facilitate learning in the classroom.

Through Curation, Social Media twitter and by building a PLN this is perfectly possible!

BTW : Did YOU actually realize that NOW it’s the PracTICE WHICH is dominating the Real-World before it EVEN is taught by EDUcation, a BIG CHANGE, isn’t it!!! Because of Entrepreneurship (bold actions…) the internet helped to CHANGE the world and flipped EDUcation to bring it MORE close to the needs of the workforce/Industry!!!

The NEW Pedagogy is MORE about the learners, students and to put THEM into the drivers seat; looking to find a Win-Win situation about THE How-To to GET THEM learning together in a team (EVEN outside the School-Cocoon with Social Media…) and to prepare THEM for the workforce/labor/industry by being able for <===> Learning-To-Learn <===> for a Life-Long Learning once out of school!

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Learn more:

For Modern EDUcation, please keep in mind the below:

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Synthesizing Mind-5 Minds for the future

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And for the “Learning-To-Learn“, please check my blog posts below:

 

Related Music as MOTIVATION: Listen to <===> Simple Minds – Alive And Kicking and enjoy it 😎🎵🎶🤘🤪🤪🤪

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Keywords for me to create this blog post: Cybersecurity, Curation, Blogs, Digital CitiZENship,Modern EDUcation, Modern Pedagogy, Modern LEARNing, LEARNing-To-LEARN, Life-Long-LEARNing, Coaching, Collaboration, Social Media, Twitter, Digital CitiZENship, Digital Responsibility, Curation…

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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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