Member Since: December 6, 2010

Country: United States

  • Next up on "Geek Cribs", Nate concludes the tour with "... and this is where the magic happens."

  • I'm sure you guys aren't eligible for the race, but it'd be cool to see one of you take on a longer, multi-part series on building an AVC entry... or maybe just tutorials on some of the high-level things that come up in the process. Choosing and modding an R/C vehicle to be autonomous, figuring out the type of navigation to use, constructing a kill switch, different ways to handle obstacle avoidance, etc.

  • The bare breakout PCB version of this has four holes in the center, which make using the 2x2 plastic bezels an option. I bought this one for the easy of USB, along with 4 of the bezels, and the 4x4 button pad. Unfortunately, without holes in the middle of the board, the center where the bezels meet just sticks up and isn't very secure.

    Maybe I'm missing something, but I don't see a 4x4 bezel option (because the 2x2s can interlock), so without the four holes in the center like the bare PCB, it's not clear how to get a secure bezel on this.

    Any ideas?

  • Go for it. I started with both my daughters a year or so ago and the youngest was 5 then. My advice would be that they hold the iron and you hold their hand initially. Show them in advance what they'll be doing so they have a sense of how long it takes to melt, they'll know to expect the smoke, etc. Have a good fan going to blow it away so it's not coming back at them (good practice for adults too, but kids are more prone to freak out when it first happens). Teach them safety, keeping the tip clean, etc.

    If you need a first project, have THEM cut five pieces of stranded wire about 3-4" long (make them all equal). Have THEM strip each wire about 1/2 inch from both ends. Arrange the pieces into a star on your workbench so they can see what they're making. Then they can twist the ends together and solder to make the star permanent (use whatever "third hand" device you have to help out).

    In my case, a popsicle stick and glue gun turned a star into a magic princess wand. Just like that, little makers are born.

    I also took my older daughter to the SparkFun PTH class (she was 11 at the time) and there were a few 6-7 year olds in the class also.

  • I would swear I saw a Pillaging Shield in here this morning.

  • I can confirm that it does. It's slightly more snug fit than an Arduino Uno, but snaps in fine and stays put well.