What's a Microcontroller? Text

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Overview

This entry-level tutorial introduces circuit-building and microcontroller programming at the same time with the BASIC Stamp 2, a tiny on-board computer like the ones found in many electronic devices. Discover how common components work as you go step-by-step through 40 hands-on activities in this 350-page text. Side-by-side schematics and wiring diagrams give you confidence in building the circuits, and each example program is followed by a detailed explanation so you learn as you go.

What's a Microcontroller? is the foundation text to our Stamps in Class series, and an excellent resource for STEM programs. This text is suitable for students at the junior high, high school, vocational school, and college level, as well as the independent learner.  The activites require a BASIC Stamp development board and electronic components. See Details below for complete kit options.

Key Topics

  • Building simple circuits with schematics and wiring diagrams
  • Writing programs in PBASIC to control the circuits
  • Sending signals by blinking LEDs
  • Sensing contact with pushbuttons
  • Reading a dial using a potentiometer
  • Measuring light with a phototransistor
  • Controlling motion with a servo motor
  • Playing tunes on a piezo speaker
  • Displaying data on a 7-segment LED
  • Combining several circuits to prototype an invention

Details

  • Publisher:  Parallax Inc.ISBN: 9781928982524
  • Dimensions:  8.3 x 8.5 in (21 x 21.6 cm)
  • Spiral-bound softcover/ 354 pages/ black & white

 

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Downloads & Documentation

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What's a Microcontroller? Text - 4.97 MB | updated: 25 Sep 2012 - 5:46 pm
Data Plotting with StampPlot Lite - 153.61 KB | updated: 25 Sep 2012 - 6:01 pm
Micro Music With RTTTL Example Code - 10.3 KB | updated: 25 Sep 2012 - 6:34 pm
BS2 Activity - Data Plotting with Excel - 240.54 KB | updated: 25 Sep 2012 - 6:04 pm
Micro Alarm Prototype Example Code - 6.1 KB | updated: 25 Sep 2012 - 6:40 pm
Servo Circuit Connections for BASIC Stamp Boards - 305.54 KB | updated: 25 Sep 2012 - 6:26 pm
Errata for What's a Microcontroller? Text - 256.1 KB | updated: 12 May 2014 - 10:25 am
Wavelengths and their Corresponding Colors - 24.31 KB | updated: 25 Sep 2012 - 6:31 pm
Micro Alarm Mini Project - 265.33 KB | updated: 25 Sep 2012 - 6:13 pm
Expo 2012 BASIC Stamp Activity Slides - 5.43 MB | updated: 25 Sep 2012 - 6:20 pm
StampPlot Lite Software - 1.55 MB | updated: 14 May 2014 - 9:38 am
Portuguese Translations - 8.3 MB | updated: 14 Feb 2014 - 2:12 pm

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