Hello world!

This website is for the days I say and do smart things, not the days I try to get out of the car with the seatbelt on. I am giving up on trying to get time to create my new web pages while not using WordPress. I didn’t want to use WordPress because everytime I […]

Arduino Core Kit

You can buy complete Arduino or you can have more fun and build one yourself. What you will need: 4 x 100 nF capacitors 2 x 22 pF capacitors 1 x 10 uF electrolytic capacitor 1 x button 1 x 10K ohm resistor (brown, black, orange) 1 x 100 ohm resistor (brown, black, brown) 1 […]

Arduino dice version 2

I have now improved on my Arduino dice by adding a second digit. The code can be found below. I have streamlined the code a bit but I left the constants in place so that it is easy to keep track of which pin is connected to which led segment. I get confused easily so […]

When I’m stressed I build things.

Some people go for a walk, some people to to the pub but when I’m stressed I build things. My son and I like playing board games but those dice always go rolling all over the place. To solve the problem and to “de-stress” myself I built and Arduino dice. There are loads of circuits […]

eDay 2015 at Gateshead Library

Yet another successful day showing off our Spikerboxe,s and this time with the addition of some Arduinos. It is much more interesting building your own Arduino though, so in the spirit of Shrimping.it (the makers of Morecambe) I made some self-build core kits available. Both the Spikerboxes and Arduinos attrackted a great deal of attention. […]

VEX Robotics Workshop

Today I attended a VEX Robotics workshop. This was a great experience. We got to build a VEX robot, which took most of the day, and ended the day with a bit of a competition to see who could place the most balls in the goal areas. Unfortunately the day was too short to get […]

Burning a bootloader onto an ATMega328

To be able to offer some DIY Arduinos I have been getting things ready to sell little kits when I visit places with my STEM activities. In trying to keep prices low I thought I’d buy bare ATMega328 chips and then load the bootloader onto them myself. And voilah!! I’ve done it with an Arduino […]