Explore programming and circuits by using a micro controller to make a creative light show! A micro controller can take simple instructions and execute them repeatedly. You can program multiple LEDs to create a fun light show using your knowledge of computer science and other simple tools.
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Solve the circuit puzzles. Predict which LEDs will light. Build the circuits. Then make changes to light all the LEDs.
Copper Tape Tricks
Learn some tips and tricks for using conductive copper tape in electronics projects, including how to turn corners, fold switches, and connect LEDs.
Making an Interactive Board Game with Makey Makey and Scratch
Using Makey Makey and Scratch, the CREDC Education team at MSTE Office at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign created a board game about pipeline delivery of oil.
Modeling an Electricity Delivery System
Use a coin battery as a power source and design a circuit that powers LEDs in a community of three or four houses.
Use a variety of power sources, LEDs, and copper tape to light up a model neighborhood.
Open and Closed Circuits
Use a prototyping breadboard with a coin battery to explore the difference between an open and closed circuit.
Power Park invites aspiring power engineers and urban planners to design a park neighborhood and then to light it up!
Smart Circuits: Lights On!
For the 2018 CREDC Industry Workshop we prepared an Education and Outreach Kit to demonstrate the use of micro controllers to read input data from sensors and respond to that data by controlling a circuit consisting of LEDs and a piezo buzzer. We also wanted to demonstrate how circuits can be made more resilient by leveraging redundant power sources.