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Maker-First Steps in Electronics-Soldering Learning-The Mini BUG Robot

Maker-First Steps in Electronics-Soldering Learning-The Mini BUG Robot

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The Mini BUG Robot

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The Mini BUG Robot

In last blog post (tutorial) WE were practicing OUR soldering by creating “JOHNNY the ski-man“, a bit “Electronics-Art” using electronics components. In the video below, which I created with the FREEWARE <===> Windows Movie Maker <===> WE see ALSO “The Mini BUG Robot” who gives “JOHNNY” a ride. It is very easy to build that mini robot as there are ONLY six (6) components to solder.

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The schematics

Let us first have a look on the schematics where WE will discover some NEW stuff, a mini motor; in this case it is an “vibration motor” which is used in smartphones. THEY exist as round, rectangular and in disk format, please check <===> Vibration Motor Images <===> in Google searches (images).

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As you can see there is NOTHING special; we just put four (4) elements (2 LEDS, a vibration motor and a tantalum capacitor) in parallel. And we have a switch to switch on/off our circuit. As battery we use a “CR2032“.

Learn more:

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The electronics parts list

Check below please to find out about the electronic components.

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The Mini BUG Robot Parts list

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Detailed parts list, supplier and prices

Please find below the detailed parts list as well as the supplier and the prices.

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Item and quantity

Supplier and order number

Price

1 x Stripboard CONRAD: 529531 2,19€
Silver wire 1 mm / 14 m <===> +/- 30 cm needed CONRAD: 607657  0,40€

1 x Tantalum capacitor 47 uF/16V

CONRAD: 481777

 2,99€
1 x Switch CONRAD: 1377837 2,19€
1 x Button cell holder CONRAD: 650546  1,29€

1 x Vibration motor from old smartphone

 

2 x 3mm LEDs red CONRAD: 759472 à 0,20€ 0,40€
1 x Cell CR2032 CONRAD: 651088  4,19€

Total:

 13,65€

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As you can see it is a very cheap project, ONLY 13,65€ and easy to realize! ALL what YOU need is a bit time, passion and here we GO! 😉 Have FUN!

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The tools needed

Check below please WHAT the tools are that you will need for this project. The small saw is needed to cut out a small piece of 55 x 45 mm from the stripboard.

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The soldering

The Mini BUG Robot-Solder side

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Feel FREE to make the wiring and connections as YOU want by following the schematics; on left-hand side you will see how I did it. Fix the vibration motor with a bit hot glue onto the stripboard as well (components side).

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The Mini BUG Robot.

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Concerning the legs of the “Mini BUG Robot”: Cut 2 pieces of 9 mm off from silver wire and bend them both sides at +/- 3,5 cm, see PIC please, and solder them onto the stripboard.

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Very important

In OUR above project we are using two (2) 3 mm red LEDs in parallel. It DOESN’T work when YOU take two different colors, I tried it out 😉 WHY!??? Please check links below:

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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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Electronics Books and Software for Makers-MakerED and MakerSpaces

Electronics Books and Software for Makers-MakerED and MakerSpaces

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My selection of Electronics books

For ANY projects WE will create there are books and also online documentations which WE will need to learn from and to GET NEW ideas as well. I will propose to YOU a selection of books and links which I have read and learned from as well; links which I use as well to incorporate into my tutorials as ALSO YouTube videos to learn from.

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I bought these books on Amazon, find the references for ordering them here, please:

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Software, online and/or for download

programmerman-animatedWE are really lucky today because of ICT and the internet to learn about electronics; it was NEVER THAT easy as today!! WE can find simulation software as well as schematics drawing software online and/or for download as for FREE (Open Source and FREEWARE). I remember 49 years ago when I was 12 years old and tinkering around, using curiosity to find out on the How-To things were working by disassembling them, whatever it was… Later, I was working after school (12 1/2 years old starting till 20 years…) around on any place in the village (farmer, café, gardening for private persons, etc.) to earn some money to be able to buy me necessary stuff for my electronics lab…

Nowadays WE GET all the necessary stuff online and WE DON’T need anymore to purchase an oscilloscope and a Multimeter for measuring as one can simulate everything straight on through FREE software. I am feeling HAPPY for that as it allows LEARNERS from any society status to learn about electronics!

Please check below for useful articles on Software:

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Check out ALSO, please, my my other blog posts about maker, MakerED, MakerSpaces:

More to come soon, stay tuned 😉

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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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Happy Holidays, Season’s Greetings, Merry Xmas And A Happy New Year

Happy Holidays, Season’s Greetings, Merry Xmas And A Happy New Year

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If you can’t listen the message, open QuickTime Player, Windows Media Player or…, copy the links address (URL) and paste it under “Open URL” in QuickTime Player, Windows Media Player or…, click the Play-Button…

This article was a knol created on December 20, 2010 and was migrated to WordPress on December 19, 2012.  It’s a multicultural and multi-author creation.

Authors
Author
Google Knol
WordPress
Gust MEES [GM] from Luxembourg (Europe) Gust MEES
Moharram KHALIFA [MAK] (from Egypt) Moharram Khalifa
PV ARIEL [PVA] (from India) PV ARIEL

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Different Ways Worldwide To Celebrate Xmas And New Year

Depending on their religion and culture people all over the world are celebrating the end of the year in different ways and dates…
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The Voices of Christmas
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Listen to some of the different ways “Merry Christmas” is spoken around the world “The Voices Of Christmas“.

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Christmas Around The World:

Check all these links as they are very good resources for Education:
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WE wish you all “Season’s Greetings”, a Merry Xmas and a Happy New Year 2013…

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Christmas phrases in different languages

 
Flag Country Phrases
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UK Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
Flag-united-states-of-america
US Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
Flag-canada
Canadian Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
Joyeux Noël et une bonne année.
Flag-australia
Australian Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
Flag-france
French Joyeux Noël et une bonne année.

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Spanish Feliz Navidad y un próspero Año Nuevo.

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Italian Il buon Natale ed un anno nuovo Felice.
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Luxembourgish E schéine Chrëschtdag an e glécklecht neit Joer.
Schéi Feierdeeg an e glécklecht neit Joer.
Schéi Chrëschtdeeg an e gudde Rutsch an d’neit Joer.
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German Fröhliche Weihnachten und ein Glückliches Neujahr.
More languages:
Arabic:      كل سنة وأنت طيب
 
India:
  • Hindi:    
    • शुभ क्रिसमस (Śubh krisamas)                  
    •  नये साल की हार्दिक शुभकामनायें   (Naye sāl kī hārdik śubhkāmnayeṅ)  
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  •  Malayalam
    • ആഹ്ലാദകരമായ ക്രിസ്തുമസ്സും (Aahlaadakaramaaya Kristhumassum)
    • പുതുവത്സര  ആശംസകളും. (Puthu vathsara Aaasamshakalum)
    • Tamil: கிறிஸ்துமஸ் மற்றும் இனிய புத்தாண்டு வாழ்த்துக்கள்
      (Christmas matrum puthaandu vaazthukkal)
  • Telugu:   
    • సంతోషకరమైన క్రిస్ఠ్మస్ ! (saṅthoashakaramaina kristmas)
    • మరియు నూతన సంవత్సర శుభాకాంక్షలు (mariyu noothana saṅvathsara shubhaakaaṅkshalu)
    • Bengali:  
      • শুভ বড়দিন (shubho bôṛodin)
  • Nepal:
  • Nepali:
    • क्रस्मसको शुभकामना तथा नयाँ वर्षको शुभकामना (krismas ko subhakamana tatha nayabarsha ko subhakamana)
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End Of The Year: Holidays Are Also Charity Days, Don’t Forget Please…

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golden-heart-iconNearly any Culture worldwide is using the holidays of end of the year and Christmas, called also Xmas, to spend gifts and/or money to the poor on this planet. Don’t forget them and have a look on some good examples below on how to do…

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sharing-iconWhen I do something for other people, I feel good, “says Peterson“. When you do something voluntarily for others, not only for its own interests, it is rewarded. In some mysterious way, serve as an “altruistic” (the opposite of selfishness) gives his own life more important. It seems that nature have put it in our genes, or that people are happy when they have the spirit of sharing, community spirit.

So, dear readers, make yourself feeling good and share this knol (unit of knowledge) with other people, thanks in advance 😉
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Xmas & New Year @ Egypt

[MAK] In my country “Egypt” with a population of 80 millions, and the majority are Muslims, the Christmas has a different taste.  I have so many Christian friends; some are celebrating Christmas at 25th December and others on 7th of January.  I share with them the celebration whatever they do.  Sometimes I go with them to the Churches, and sometimes I just call to say Merry Christmas. Exactly, the same they share me all Muslim celebrations. On the New Year everybody celebrate.  Not necessary by drinking wine or whiskey, but starting a new year needs to wish all the best for everyone. 🙂

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Xmas & New Year @ Luxembourg

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[GM]: In my country Luxembourg with a population of 502,000 habitants only (2009-2010), one of the smallest country in the world, and the majority are Christians, there are different ways to celebrate Christmas. More and more people are using the Xmas Holidays for spending some nice vacation, others stay at home and have a good meal together with family and very faithful people are even visiting the church at midnight for the “Matins“…
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What are Luxembourgers eating on Christmas eve and how do they celebrate it?

Personally I spend the 24th of December together with my spouse and a good meal at home and the 25th of December is getting celebrated by a good meal together with the family of my spouse. This year we will have 14 people invited by us at home. We will not anymore distributing gifts to the adults as years ago, but only the younger will get gifts and also the parents will get an envelope with collected money from the children as a gift.

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We were also watching the film “Polar Express“. The Polar Express is a 2004 motion capture animated film based on the children’s book of the same title by Chris Van Allsburg. Written, produced, and directed by Robert Zemeckis, the human characters in the film were animated using live action performance capture technique, with the exception of the waiters who dispense hot chocolate on the train, because their feats were impossible for animated actors to achieve.
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What do I and my spouse eating for the 24th of December?

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As there will be the 25th of December again a big meal, so we decided this year to eat a “Fondue bourguignonne“, who is very digest… But we take our time and we have a good “starter” (entrée) who consists fromFoie gras” and some cheese with a good white wine, a “Muscat de Coyeux” (Muscat de Beaumes de Venise). And the Fondue with a good red wine an “Amarone”, Della Valpolicella 2006 de Lamberti.

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What will get served on 25th of December with the whole family together?
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Menu:
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Related links:
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Christmas Baking

Winter time and especially Christmas is the time of baking in the households, here below some suggestions:

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Christmas Stories Told On The Modern Way (Social Medias)…

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Foreword: THINK on TOLERANCE before continuing to watch the videos, some might not like it…

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This video is an artistic take on how the story of the nativity might have read had a social network existed at the time of Jesus’s birth.

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This old knol was visited more than 13,000 times according to my statistics, while the knol was created on 20th December 2010, wow… Visits from 134 countries…

1. US with 16,82%
2. India with 16,25 %
3. Luxembourg with 8,09 %
4. Egypt with 3,26%
5. UK with 2,92 %

Unfortunately Google Knol discontinued its service on May1st, 2012. NOW it’s online on WordPress…

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Posted by on December 19, 2012 in Christmas, Education, Season's Greetings, Xmas

 

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