Tinkering with microcontrollers has been on my “to try” list for quite some time. I recently stumbled upon Creation Crate. Creation Crate is a monthly tech education subscription box. Each month you receive a Arduino UNO R3 and parts to complete a project. The instruction book includes the source code for the project. The source code is licensed under the GNU General Public License. Each month the projects increase in difficulty. I thought Creation Crate would be a wonderful way to get my feet with wet with Arduino and programming electronics.
I was on the fence about signing up for the subscription box because I was not sure what to expect. I intend to write a blog post for each Creation Crate I receive in case there is a reader out there on the fence like I was.
The project for month two is creating a memory game! The gameplay is very similar to the popular memory game, Simon Says. Users match the pattern of the LEDs with button presses.
(It looks like I correctly matched the pattern here, but I did not press the blue button hard enough and it did not pick up on the input.)
WHAT’S IN THE BOX
Inside of month two’s box we have:
- Arduino UNO R3
- USB Cable
- 4 tactile buttons (blue, red, green, yellow)
- 4 LEDs (blue, red, green, yellow)
- Jumper wires
- Piezo buzzer
BUILDING THE HARDWARE
Setting up the hardware was pretty simple. The instruction book includes nice illustrations for connecting the hardware together.
Now, it’s ready to power up!
Source code for the project is included in the instruction book. Typing the sketch file is pretty straight forward. Last month’s sketch is 75 lines long. Month two’s sketch jumped up to 235 lines long. There is a noticable increase in complexity between the two projects (which I think is great!).
Creation Crate has been successful in sparking a strong interest in learning more about microcontrollers and sensors. I also introduced my two little sisters (a high school sophmore and 6th grader) to the projects and they interested in learning more about the topic as well!
Creation crate month 2: an Arduino powered memory game. We encountered a problem with the buzzer. It’s barely audible when the tones are playing. We haven’t located our mistake yet. Soon hopefully! #arduino #arduinouno #arduinouno3 #uno #uno3 #microcontroller #memorygame #creationcrate #makersgonnamake #circuit #piezo
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