The supply of kits in the library collection makes it possible to schedule technology time with the school outreach programs on campus and provides check-out options to SCSU students for use in practicum environments or their own assignments and projects.
Arduino is an open source platform for building electronic projects that includes a programmable circuit board and software. The software runs on a computer and is used to program the circuit board. Arduino projects can be stand-alone applications like controlling lights, motors and other physical interactive objects or they can communicate and work with software on a computer.
LittleBits are small magnetic color coded modules that include a power source, and light, sound and motion components. They snap together to form electrical circuits and can be expanded with various input signal modules.
MaKey MaKey is an invention kit that uses everyday objects to replace the keyboard and mouse of a computer and encourages creativity. It is Arduino based and the two- sided circuit board can be reprogrammed to create infinite possibilities for “making.”
Raspberry Pi This is a small programmable computer that comes in a box about the size of a deck of cards. It runs a Linux-based operating system and plugs into a television or computer monitor, keyboard, mouse or other peripherals. It does not have a hard drive but allows for data storage by providing a slot for SD or micro SD cards (like what is used in a camera). It was designed to help teachers, librarians, and students understand technology better.
Rasperry Pi b+ model