This list is for students taking the workshop online. In-person workshop attendees will be given a microcontroller kit and access to materials in the Max Lab.
We have created a google spreadsheet with links to parts and tools that we think will be useful for this workshop. We have divided the list into 4 categories, described below. Please do not hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions
Most of these links are for Sparkfun or PJRC. Other great suppliers include Adafruit, Digikey, Polulu and many others. We chose Sparkfun parts because when we first began making this list, they were fully operational whereas Adafruit was focused on protective gear for the medical community. We are not getting any deals or kickbacks from these links. Feel free to tell us your favourites and we will add them.
Required: Base Parts Kit For Workshop
These are the primary components that we will use for the tutorials in the workshop. The total cost is under $60.
If you’re buying the unassembled Teensy and soldering the pins, here is Roger’s page that shows how to do it correctly so that it fits into a breadboard.
Required: One IC Sensor Board
In addition to the Base Kit, we will be doing some examples that use sensors which output voltages, we would like you to purchase one of the following options:
Option 1: Microphone board
Option 2: Accelerometer
Option 3: Teensy Prop Shield and Stackable Header Kit. (The Prop Shield is a small board that attaches to the Teensy, and which includes an accelerometer, the ability to drive animated LED strips, and an audio output to a small speaker. Here is Roger’s page on how to assemble the Prop Shield and Teensy.)
If you have these tools already or can borrow them from a friend, that is fine. These are all examples of tools that will work well for electronics projects. We tried to find the least expensive tools that would still be useful and durable.
Alternatively, you can purchase the Adafruit Toolkit (https://www.adafruit.com/product/136) or an alternative kit from Sparkfun or Adafruit.
These are parts that might or might not be useful to you depending on your individual projects.