TTM Collaborative

System Resources and IDE’s

Day 4: Arduino IDE


What We Planned


Review the hardware reference material, introduce the Arduino IDE, and guide students through using and modifying their light sensor sketch. The students will be able to use their light sensor circuits from last class with their raspberry pi to measure their light levels. While introducing the Arduino IDE we will go into detail to aid in the student’s understanding of the light sensor Arduino sketch. If time allows we will introduce students to Mathematica and the advanced light sensor sketch.

What Went Well


The reference materials we reviewed at the beginning appeared to maintain their interest. Throughout the class, the students used nouns (keyboard, USB type A) in place of pronouns (thing, whatchamacallit) while discussing the hardware used in their workstations. We also observed that our classroom management has improved markedly. The students were engaged during the whole class and showed that they could participate in a group discussion without raising their hands. Students were more than capable of editing their Arduino sketches to manipulate the delay and output string to the serial monitor. When an individual became proficient with aspects of the activity, they excitedly helped their classmates.


When is your computer thinking?


During this class many students became interested in the system resources monitor displayed on the bottom right hand corner on their desktop GUI. Independently, a few students asked us what the bar graph meant. We taught these students that when the resource monitor was full the computer was thinking. These students then disseminated the information to the rest of the class as others had the same question.

Nuts and Bolts