sensors

Sensors, sensors, sensors!!

We can teach your pupils to work with a whole range of sensors. Essentially a sensor works by applying power to it. A signal goes to the microcontroller telling you the value of the sensor. As the sensor changes, the signal value changes.

We can teach how to read that signal and to make the outputs or Scratch react as you want.

Sensors available include

  • Temperature
  • Infra – red heat (like a burglar system)
  • Light breaker – break the light beam and the system senses it.
  • Force – a weight measure
  • Flex sensor
  • Pulse sensor – reacts to the heart beat
  • Muscle sensor
  • Liquid level measure
  • ID tag sensor
  • Distance sensors
  • Touch sensors
  • Soil temperature
  • Noise sensor

Sensors can easily be integrated into any system. Pupils can write a program that allows the system to respond as you want and as to where the imagination takes them.

 

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Building robots using motors

We are able to teach your pupils how to control up to 5 different motors from one board. This allows some interesting robots to be built, especially when linked to some of our sensors. Sensors include distance sensors, touch sensors and people detectors. Pupils can fit a camera to get feedback of where they are.

The Raspberry Pi

The Raspberry Pi and the Arduino

 

The Raspberry Pi is a small computer which is more powerful than it first appears. Pupils learn how to use Scratch on the Pi and then learn how to connect it to an Arduini board.

An Arduino board is a microcontroller with a number of inputs and outputs. Pupils use Scratch for Arduino to send a program to the microcontroller. The Arduino receives the inputs and responds as the pupil wants in the program.

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