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[SparkFun] Xciting XBees
Wednesday, October 10, 2012 from 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM (EDT)
Somerville, United States
This three hour class is for beginners who are interested in taking the first step towards integrating Wireless communication into their projects. We will use XBee Series 1 radios to discovery just how easy that first step is. We will do a brief chat activity followed by a pin to pin button and LED activity. Time permitting we will also briefly cover how you can use the XBees to send and interpret Serial communication in conjunction with an Arduino. Students are encouraged to bring Arduinos if they have experience with the hardware, but we cannot guarantee that we will have time to truly cover this aspect of Zigbee based wireless communication.
During this class we will talk about radio protocols, PAN IDs, AT mode, hexadecimals, I/O, pin to pin networking, ZigBee network topologies and data while having plenty of fun.
Prior experience with basic electronics and physical computing is helpful but adventurous beginners are welcome.
The following materials will be provided, covered by the $100 materials fee component of your registration.
- 2 XBee Series 1 ZB radios
- 6 ft. USB Mini-B Cable
- 2 Clear, Self-Adhesive Breadboard
- 2 LEDs
- 2 1000 mAh Polymer Lithium Ion Battery
- 1 Push Button
- 2 XBee Module Breakout Board
- 1 XBee Explorer
What to Bring:
Students are asked to provide their own laptop. Please install CoolTerm (or a comparable terminal application) on your computer before the class. Click here for CoolTerm download. If you are a Windows user then you will also need to install X-CTU. Click here for X-CTU download. If you are a Mac user then you will also need to install Iron. Click here for Iron download (Free version is fine). Finally you will also need the FTDI chip driver for use with our XBee Explorer. Click here for FTDI chip driver download.
Wednesday, Oct 10th. 7:00 pm – 10 pm
Lindsay Craig is an Educational Outreach Coordinator for SparkFun. Lindsay has taught technology for eleven years to students ranging from age two to PhD. He has taught topics including rudimentary programming, animation (3D and 2D), game design, video and sound editing, soldering in many forms, sensors, actuators, microcontrollers, wireless networks as well as other overarching prototyping skills, at universities, festivals, and conferences across the continent. Lindsay was nominated for Colorado Top Tech Teacher in 2009 and co-founded SparkFun Electronics’ Department of Education in 2011. The National Center for OpenSource and Education presented his free educational material at the FOSSEd and OSCON conferences in 2011. At SparkFun Electronics Lindsay has taught eight-year-olds and PhDs side by side so no matter what your skill level you will take a lot away from this workshop.
When & Where
Artisan's Asylum, Inc.
Artisan's Asylum is a community fabrication and makerspace near Union Square, Somerville MA, that is dedicated to making creativity a way of life. It does this by maintaining a community workshop, training its members in the use of all of its professional-grade equipment, and hosting events promoting the learning and practicing of craft and creative expression.