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STEMiverse 0029 - James Zaki - Ozberry meetup, Blockhain, and Education

Welcome to STEMiverse Podcast episode 29! In this episode, Peter talks with James Zaki! James is a Graduate of Mechatronic Engineering and Computer Science with honours and 14 years of industry experience. He started in industrial automation and then transitioning to application...
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STEMiverse 0030 - Stephen Hohm - Being a learner that teaches

Welcome to STEMiverse Podcast episode 30! In this episode, Peter and Marcus talk with Stephen Hohm! Steve is the Associate Pastor of LIFE Foursquare Church in Decatur, Illinois, USA. He also teaches part-time at Decatur Christian School in Forsyth, Illinois. Steve has a Bachelor of Science...
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What are pull-up and pull down resistors?

A question I get asked frequently by people new to circuit design is about pull-up and pull down resistors. What is the purpose of a pull-up or pull down resistor, and how does it work?I’ll try to answer this question here as simply as I can. When I think about this, it really is simple.Here it...
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What, really, is the Arduino?

If you are starting with the Arduino now, you probably already have an Arduino Uno on your desk, and a few components. But, did you know that the Arduino is much more than this tiny circuit board and a bunch of components? I prefer to see the Arduino as an ecosystem. An ecosystem is defined as...
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STEMiverse 0028 - Nigel Cartmell - From Architecture to the Mini Makers

Welcome to STEMiverse Podcast episode 28! In this episode, Peter and Marcus talk with Nigel Cartmell! Nigel is the founder of AKL Minimakers. Started in 2015, AKL Minimakers delivers parent-led technology workshops for Primary and Intermediate school age children. Nigel and other Minimakers...
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STEMiverse 0026 - Simone Maciel - Robot Overload

Welcome to STEMiverse Podcast episode 26! In this episode, Peter and Marcus talk with Simone Maciel! Simone is a creative individual who revels in educating people. Having graduated from university with a Bachelor in Arts and a Diploma of Education (secondary), Simone spent the next...
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STEMiverse 0027 - Peter Mahony and interactive Museums

Welcome to STEMiverse Podcast episode 27! In this episode, Peter and Marcus talk with Peter Mahony! Peter is manager of Education and Digital Learning for Sydney’s Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences. He leads program direction and delivery for the Museum’s school learning experiences...
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A blank Arduino Uno project template

A student asked me for a blank template so he could create draft notes of his schematics as he's working on a prototype. Great idea! I have created this simple schematic sheet on Kicad. Print as many as you want and record your project wiring. Special mention to Don for this idea and request.
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December 2017 Video Update

It's been a busy last few months for this year. In this video, I highlight the top 3-4 things that kept us busy. Here's what's been going on... Links mentioned in this video: Tech Explorations Makers Club on Facebook Kids Learning Space Arduino Teachers Bootcamp Also, important news...
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Kicad Like a Pro Student projects

Often, students of Kicad Like a Pro will share their projects. I decided that it would be great to collect some of them in a single page so that you can see what is possible to do with Kicad after a relatively short study period. The samples in this post are by Alphonse. Thank you Peter,...
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