This Electronics / Programming Merit Badge Kit comes with all of the parts needed to build an Arduino based electronic device that has many different pre-programmed games and sequences in it.
The kit comes with some the parts that are defined in the electronics requirements, teaches soldering and provides an easy platform to use testing devices (multimeter) to demonstrate how the parts work.
Once the device is assembled, it can be an enjoyable electronic toy. Plus the scout has something to show for what they created.
This kit was also created to be used for one of the 3 programming requirements for the programming merit badge. The hope is that the scout can take this home with him and if his interest in programming continues can continue to learn with this device.
Since the kit uses an Arduino is can be easily re-programmed and experimented with using free open source software downloaded from arduino.cc.
Out latest version of the code is available for free on this website and can be downloaded at any time. We do make updates to the code from time to time with new features.
This is a great tool for the programming merit badge as it teaches some basics around embedded programming, programming systems that do not have keyboards or monitors, etc. As the Internet of Things (IoT) is growing at an outstanding rate, this is a great introduction into that area of programming.
Here is what comes in this kit:
- Custom PC Board
- 5 Green LEDs
- 4 Yellow LEDs
- 4 Red LEDs
- 13 270 Ohm Resistor
- 1 Pushbutton Switch
- 1 Potentiometer
- 1 9v battery clip
- 2 2pin headers (for providing power for experimenting)
- 1 4 pin header (for serial access to the Arduino for experimenting)
- 1 DIL socket for the Arduino
- 4 screws
- 4 standoffs
- 4 nuts
- 1 USB cable
Overview of Completed Kit
Documentation and More
Assembly Guide, Latest code, Schematic and more can be found: here.