Tinusaur OLED Display Kit

by Tinusaur

An educational kit for using the ATtiny85 microcontroller to measure and display sensor data

View all updates Jan 25, 2019

The Tinusaur team is at the Bett Show in London

The Bett Show (a.k.a. the British Educational Training and Technology Show) in London is one of the most interesting events of the year in the educational technology field. The show is happening right now and the Tinusaur team is on site for a second year in a row to take it all in.

The Tinusaur Project is an educational platform that provides students, teachers, and makers with the tools to learn, teach and make embedded systems. We started developing Tinusaur in 2013 because we needed such tools for our own courses. It is now used in several Bulgarian schools and universities, both public and private. Education, whether formal or informal, has always been the focus of the Tinusaur, so Bett is a great fit for us. Here are some thoughts inspired by our trip so far.

Thoughts on Educational Toys

What you immediately notice at the show is that everyone has some sort of a robot - a car that you could control to make movements based on an algorithm, or a human-like stumping robot. And those who don’t have a robot have at least snapping blocks with electronics like LEDs, motors, servos, etc. that you could program with a Scratch-like environment. This sort of toy has become a standard in electronics, robotics, and programming education.

To me, this is a bit disconcerting. Most of those products turn education into a game or play. Gamification is not just creating a game with which you might (or might not) learn something. Rather, it implies the use of game design elements to improve the learning process without compromising the knowledge acquisition. Another concern I have is that once you are done playing the game and have accomplished the task at hand, you just put the toy away and that’s it - you can’t use it to create something useful and practical.

Our Approach with Tinusaur

We, at Tinusaur, are trying to avoid minimizing the educational component. That is why our kits may look a bit difficult and tedious at first. For the same reason, we decided to focus on the C language programming instead of some other scripting language.

Another thing we’re trying to do is make the kits equally good for learning and making. I think this is what makes us different. Our goal, from the very beginning, has been to create a platform where everything you learn and create could be used at a later point for something real, useful, and practical. Over the years, we’ve found out that students really appreciate that.

The Tinusaur OLED Display Kit is a very good example:

  • You learn how to solder and assemble the boards and the modules.
  • You learn how to program the microcontroller, read the sensor data, and visualize it on the display.
  • You could later use the boards and optionally add other sensors to create something you could use at home.
  • Your imagination is the limit.

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Product Choices

$25

Tinusaur OLED Display Kit

This kit has everything you need to assemble and program a small, battery-powered, standalone sensor node to sense ambient temperature and relative humidity and display those data on its OLED screen. The kit includes a Tinusaur Board 3 LITE kit, LEDx2 shield kit, OLED kit, DHT11 sensor module, LiPo battery kit, and USBasp programmer.


$45

TWO Tinusaur OLED Display Kits

One for you and one for a friend. Or both for you.


$115

FIVE Tinusaur OLED Display Kits

Start a hackathon, teach a class, or practice a lot on your own!

Credits

Tinusaur

An educational platform and set of tools that focus on programming, robotics, and electronics. We apply modern learning methods in an effort to present science and technology in an interesting and entertaining way. Tinusaur is a mixture of software and hardware: first, you assemble your hardware yourself by soldering your board; then you learn how to program it using puzzle-like blocks; finally, you learn how to write C code.


Neven Boyanov


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