So, a million years ago, I bought an Arduino Uno Starter Kit from MakerShed. When it arrived, I tried a tutorial and had fun with the first LED lesson, but the second lesson, which I remember was more focused on programming, left me in the dust. I boxed up the Arduino and put it in my geek closet. I always wanted to get back to it, but never did.
My new local library is awesome. They let you borrow eBook readers (I played around with a Nook the other night), telescopes (for three weeks at a clip!), and fishing poles with stocked tackle boxes. Seriously. Awesome library. But, they offer one other service, too. They have a 3D printer! Wanting to take advantage of this service, I went looking for something nerdy enough to justify claiming that it was printed on the library 3D printer. I went to Thingiverse.com and quickly found my target.
Yes, a 3D printed Arduino and breadboard holder! I think that is nerdy enough! 😀
So, with the programming I have been learning over the past..while. Hmm? I’ve been back at it for a couple of years now…since Java class at BCC. Anyway, I took out the Arduino from the back of the closet and set about playing around with it. First stop? Youtube! I found Paul McWhorter‘s Arduino video series and was instantly hooked. I guess he is a high school math teacher in Eldorado, Texas. Poking around his Youtube channel, it is obvious that he is an awesome teacher. I know I haven’t been in high school in a billion years, but we were not doing anything even remotely as cool as building full-on, high-altitude data and video collectors. I helped organize the first (and probably last) whale watching trip. That was good fun, but standing on a boat that someone else is driving and looking at whales, as much as I love them, is not as cool as building, launching, and recovering your own high-altitude flier. Sorry, whales.
This guy’s students must love him.
My goal with the Arduino is to get good enough with it that I can build and deploy my own weather station and have it post to Weather Underground.
There is your update. I am doing Paul’s Arduino course, a Coursera course on Programming Foundations (which is based on Python3), and I am on a Windows Batch Scripting kick at work. Have you ever heard of HTAs before? Neither had I! Looks good! I need to finish up with these things, however, and get back to writing Python full-time. I am about 90% complete with a data structuring program for genetic genealogy (input several csv files, output a formatted json file chock full of nested lists and dictionaries of dictionaries), and then I need to learn a whole bunch about MongoDB and some basic Statistics. Learning never ends.