Arduino/Raspberry Pi/Makey Makey hardware kits for Library checkout
This proposal is to make Arduino, Raspberry Pi, and Makey Makey electronic hardware kits available for checkout through Parks Library.
As electronic components continue to get smaller and more powerful, student projects often incorporate electronics into their designs. Some departments on campus have access to dedicated labs and hardware, but other departments or majors do not include exposure to electronics hardware as part of their core curriculum.
These components are very adaptable to the project at hand and can be used in an extremely wide range of applications. Students in such areas as Aerospace Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Apparel, Merchandising, and Design, or the College of Design often have reason to incorporate electronics into projects, but may lack the background, understanding, or basic material access to do so.
Additionally, Parks Library strives to curate a dynamic, relevant collection which advances the university’s academic excellence.
Therefore, this proposal is for funding to purchase hardware kits to add to Parks Library’s holdings, making them available for checkout. These include:
- Arduino – an open source microcontroller and prototyping platform based on easy-to-use hardware and software
- Raspberry Pi – a fully functional credit card size computer
- Makey Makey – turns everyday objects, such as bananas, into keyboard inputs
North Carolina State University has offered such a program since January 2013, which includes all three platforms listed above as well as several others. In addition, many peer-reviewed journal publications have been written about these types of initiatives, one of which is included in the Supporting Websites section.
This initiative could further lead to a series of introductory workshops held in the library to demonstrate the basics of using the hardware equipment to interested parties, and could utilize student helpers from Electrical & Computer Engineering or other relevant groups.
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|Proposed by:||Eric Schares|
|Created:||30 Mar 2016|
|Last Updated:||19 Sep 2017|
All Available Funding
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