Have you ever seen one of those automated light shows and wondered how they are done? Using an Arduino, a few bits of extra hardware and some patience, Wayne and his daughter have tackled the idea and taken their first steps into a larger world. They have taken on a massive project of creating a light show for a 20 foot tall Christmas tree!… Read More
Arduino Projects that our student have made.
We take no credit for the hard work and dedication that went into making these cool projects that our students have kindly shared, but we like to think our training was part of their successful journey.
Keeping track of the weather can be an interesting hobby by itself or an important part of another job like flying or farming. Having your own weather station can fill you in on what is going on in your neck of the woods without relying on stations that you might not have access to, or that are far enough away to have different conditions.
Jim Greever tied multiple systems together in order to set up his wireless weather station. This multi-faceted project includes a solar panel, batteries, a regulator, a sensor, and transceiver modules all controlled by Arduinos to create a solar powered weather station…. Read More
Arduino is a great platform to delve into the world of electronics and programming, but the rabbit hole of possibilities may go even deeper than you know! One of our students has taken Arduino to a whole new level by designing and fabricating their own custom Arduino board to take on a monster of a task. Before we get talking about the project, let’s take a moment to see just how an Arduino really functions.
If you take a closer look at your Arduino you’ll see plenty of chips, but there is one in particular that makes the magic happen; that is the ATmega and if you’re using an UNO it’s pretty hard to miss it. You can strip away plenty… Read More
How are you supposed to defend your Christmas tree from curious and fiendish cats? Why not distract them with a Christmas Tree Defender Cat Diversion Laser Turret!
This project, submitted by John Hart, uses a motion detector to activate a turret mounted laser. When the cat trips the motion sensor, the servo and laser go to action, diverting the cat from playing in the tree. At the center of his project is an Arduino UNO.
One of our students, James Trace, has been working on an IoT project: wirelessly monitoring the performance of a Solar Geyser. He is uploading 9 fields of data to ThingSpeak and measuring temperatures, humidity, light exposure, the list goes on. All with an Arduino Nano and an ESP8266 (ESP01).
While this project is something James has been tinkering on at home, it’s partly driven by work he is exploring for low cost wireless sensors in mining applications.
If you like real data graphs, you have to check out James ThingSpeak Channels:… Read More
Imagine for a moment you are an experienced engineer technician at a power plant and you need to train up and coming techs on how to operate different work stations.
While you can talk people through the operation of critical tasks, until you actually do the task, well, it’s kind of tough to get a handle on it.
Why not simulate it?
That is exactly what Jim Greever did.
Check out this Control Rod Simulator that Jim created with an Arduino Mega and lots of cool gauges!… Read More
If you’re going to ride – why not ride in style?
And if you’re going to ride in style, why not control your style through your cell phone via a Bluetooth module connected to an Arduino?
That’s just what Ben Isaacs did with his skateboard (long board). He controls the LEDs through his phone via a HC-06 bluetooth module…. Read More
This is a great project submitted by one of our students, Robert.
Robert aligned 25 strips of WS2812 (AKA NeoPixels) resulting in a 450 point matrix.
The display of the matrix is then adjusted based on audio input. The result is pretty cool looking…… Read More
Dan Massey, a member of Programming Electronics Academy, shared this Arduino project he recently completed.
It is a Hoverdisk, and while it doesn’t exactly hover – it sure gives the appearance of hovering.
To build it, Dan used two Arduinos, two Xbees, a Sabertooth Motor Controller, a latching relay, a Power Relay shield for an Arduino, an AudioFX Soundboard, two wheelchair motors, a bunch of batteries, LEDs (of course) and gave it one really awesome paint job!… Read More
This project was built by one of our long time students, Roland. I am always impressed by the projects I see submitted, and this one is truly stellar. He has brought a ton of talent, time and dedication to make this happen. I am excited to see it posted here.
This battery charger can charge 6-12 Volt Lead Acid batteries and has an LCD for display relevant charge data.
Roland was also very kind to walk through the design process, provide the code he used and supply some great pictures – please enjoy!