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BatLab Makerspace: Check It Out

The new ACC Library BatLab is a pop-up makerspace for all ACC students, faculty and staff.

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What is a BatLab Kit?


Batlab Makerspace kits are available at ACC libraries for current ACC students, staff, and faculty to check out and take home for STEM exploration with Arduino and Raspberry Pi!

 

Checking out kits is easy! Follow these steps!

1.  Be a current ACC student, Faculty, or Staff member and have a valid ACC ID card.

2. Visit an ACC Library on any ACC Campus.

3.  Ask library staff at either desk about the BatLab kits.

4. Determine which kit you want.

5. Check it out! ACC Library staff will take your ACC ID, scan it, scan the kit, and give you a due date.

6. When you are done, return it to any of the ACC Libraries! 

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Raspberry Pi Kits


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The BatLab Raspberry Pi is set up and ready to go!  You need to provide:

  • USB keyboard
  • USB mouse
  • VGA or HDMI monitor (HDMI cable and VGA adapter provided)

You must use the USB-C power supply found in the kit (not a USB adapter and not any other adapter you have at home).  
The Raspberry Pi is already configured with the latest version of the Raspberry Pi Operating System.  Raspberry Pi 4 comes with onboard WiFi as well as an ethernet port.  


START HERE: For WiFi setup and links to projects, go to: 
http://researchguides.austincc.edu/batlab-rpi
 

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BatLab Pixy Cam Kit 

Pixy is a fast vision sensor for DIY robotics and similar applications. You can teach Pixy an object just by pressing a button. Use Pixy for lots of different applications! It’s capable of tracking hundreds of objects simultaneously and only provides the data you are interested in. Kit includes a pan-tilt stand with servo motors. Code for Arduino and Raspberry Pi interfacing included on the manufacturer website.

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BatLab Sparkfun Robot Kit 

The Sparkfun RedBot is a robotic development platform capable of teaching two motor robotics and sensor integration! This kit comes with the Arduino-compatible RedBot Mainboard, the Shadow Chassis, a handful of sensors, and everything required to get it moving.

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Adjustable breadboard power supply kit V.10. 

Provides 3.3VDC, 5VDC, or adjustable voltage up to 12V on the power rails of your breadboard. Great for electronics experiments at home.

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Arduino Kits


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Here are step-by-step instructions for downloading and installing the Arduino IDE software, then testing connections to the Arduino board. Click the link for your operating system:

Experiments 

Here are 15 experiments you can do with the parts in the BatLab basic project kit.   If you're a beginner, we recommend starting with the "Blink an LED" experiment and working your way up to projects with more advanced code and/or wiring.  

Download and extract this zip file for PDF descriptions and code files:

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Intel Galileo gen 2. 

Galileo is a microcontroller board based on the Intel® Quark SoC X1000 Application Processor, a 32-bit Intel Pentium-class system on a chip. It’s the first board based on Intel® architecture designed to be hardware and software pin-compatible with Arduino shields designed for the Uno R3 Kit.

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Photon Kit 

Particle's Internet of Things (IoT) development kit. Requires an IOS or Android device. Uses Particle's cloud-based Arduino-compatible IDE. Easy interface to IFTTT (If This Then That) and other IoT services. The Photon combines a 120Mhz ARM Cortex M3 micro-controller with a Broadcom Wi-Fi chip in a tiny thumbnail-sized module. The Photon Kit includes a Photon with headers,breadboard, USB cable, LEDs, and resistors.

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Makey Makey Kit 

The Makey Makey is an invention kit that tricks your computer into thinking that almost anything is a keyboard. Computer but no programming required! This allows you to hook up all kinds of fun things as an input. There are six inputs on the front of the board, which can be attached to via alligator clips (included), soldering to the pads, or any other method you can think of. There are another 12 inputs on the back, 6 for keyboard keys, and 6 for mouse motion, which you can access with jumpers via the female headers.


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