Andymator
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Sensor kit to high school pi projects

Thu Nov 01, 2018 10:26 am

Hello friends
Im browsing the web to find a good sensor kit for my students (17 years old) to experiment with. The students will build "smart objects" that collect different types of sensory data all over the school. We have already bought the pies, bread boards and jumper cables.

I ordered a "37 in 1 sensor kit" but it didnt come with any instructions and I am pretty new to this stuff.
I want a sensor kit with instructions on how to connect the sensors and that includes python code examples. I think that is the only way I can learn to use the sensors in a reasonable amount of time.

Does anyone have any suggestions on where to find such a kit, or maybe you have a different solution to my problem.
All help is much appreciated. Im supposed to start with this in 3 weeks...

scotty101
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Re: Sensor kit to high school pi projects

Thu Nov 01, 2018 10:33 am

How about the PiMoRoNi Breakout Garden?
https://shop.pimoroni.com/products/breakout-garden-hat

Has all the python code and examples.

Doesn't have 37 sensors but the ones it does have are pretty cool.

What type of sensors are you looking for? Do you have any specific experiments in mind?
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B.Goode
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Re: Sensor kit to high school pi projects

Thu Nov 01, 2018 10:53 am

Andymator wrote:
Thu Nov 01, 2018 10:26 am
Hello friends
Im browsing the web to find a good sensor kit for my students (17 years old) to experiment with. The students will build "smart objects" that collect different types of sensory data all over the school. We have already bought the pies, bread boards and jumper cables.

I ordered a "37 in 1 sensor kit" but it didnt come with any instructions and I am pretty new to this stuff.
I want a sensor kit with instructions on how to connect the sensors and that includes python code examples. I think that is the only way I can learn to use the sensors in a reasonable amount of time.

Does anyone have any suggestions on where to find such a kit, or maybe you have a different solution to my problem.
All help is much appreciated. Im supposed to start with this in 3 weeks...

Another option. Fewer sensors, but that might be less distracting...

https://camjam.me/?page_id=623

The kit meets your requirements of having connection details and supporting python code. And freely downloadable worksheets explaining how the code is implemented.

Andymator
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Re: Sensor kit to high school pi projects

Thu Nov 01, 2018 1:06 pm

B.Goode wrote:
Thu Nov 01, 2018 10:53 am
Andymator wrote:
Thu Nov 01, 2018 10:26 am
Hello friends
Im browsing the web to find a good sensor kit for my students (17 years old) to experiment with. The students will build "smart objects" that collect different types of sensory data all over the school. We have already bought the pies, bread boards and jumper cables.

I ordered a "37 in 1 sensor kit" but it didnt come with any instructions and I am pretty new to this stuff.
I want a sensor kit with instructions on how to connect the sensors and that includes python code examples. I think that is the only way I can learn to use the sensors in a reasonable amount of time.

Does anyone have any suggestions on where to find such a kit, or maybe you have a different solution to my problem.
All help is much appreciated. Im supposed to start with this in 3 weeks...

Another option. Fewer sensors, but that might be less distracting...

https://camjam.me/?page_id=623

The kit meets your requirements of having connection details and supporting python code. And freely downloadable worksheets explaining how the code is implemented.

I went with the Camjam EduKit 2. Thanks!

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Re: Sensor kit to high school pi projects

Thu Nov 01, 2018 4:04 pm

for other sensors, I do recommend Pimoroni,
for their own stuff, they have simple to get it going tutorials, example code and will help out if there is a problem.
their python stuff is on github too.
this is more you smart sensor stuff.
DS18B20 temperature, light, sound, humidity, pressure. light gates for counting etc.
They can practice using the sense_hat emulator (on the Pi or in trinket) to get an idea how environment sensors work.
https://projects.raspberrypi.org/en/pro ... =sense-hat
Also if you have any micro:bits (if in the UK you might) then they have all the sensors on them.


Also for the sensor and electronics you already have, they are generic. But have a look through https://projects.raspberrypi.org/en/ and find projects that use them.
e.g. this one probably uses parts you have
https://projects.raspberrypi.org/en/pro ... dpa-scarer

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Re: Sensor kit to high school pi projects

Fri Jul 19, 2019 10:31 pm

you could buy the sensors from ebay

the bme280 https://www.ebay.com/itm/Breakout-Tempe ... SwmRFafX1V

very easy to install using a bread board

https://www.raspberrypi-spy.co.uk/2016/ ... in-python/

https://www.instructables.com/id/Connec ... mperature/

https://github.com/adafruit/Adafruit_Python_BME280

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install build-essential python-pip python-dev python-smbus git
git clone https://github.com/adafruit/Adafruit_Python_GPIO.git
cd Adafruit_Python_GPIO
sudo python setup.py install


This sensor will give you Pressure / Temp / Humidity ( depending what script you use also altitude )

the SI1145 will give you light readings

https://www.ebay.com/itm/SI1145-UV-IR-V ... 1706853267

git clone https://github.com/THP-JOE/Python_SI1145.git
cd Python_SI1145
sudo python setup.py install
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Re: Sensor kit to high school pi projects

Fri Jul 19, 2019 10:40 pm

You may find that this site https://tkkrlab.nl/wiki/Arduino_37_sensors covers some of the 37 sensors.

The packs seem to change depending on rain level outside the store, amount of sunlight and direction of the wind :lol:
Need Pi spray - these things are breeding in my house...

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