If your interested in developing new curricula in 2012, which will really stimulate your students then you need to have a look at .NET Gadgeteer.
The .NET Gadgeteer is an amazing platform, so if your interested in teaching and inspiring students practically about electronics, microcontrollers, robotics and Computer Science.
The .NET Gadgeteer is an ideal resources, as its name suggest the .NET Gadgeteer is based on the .NET Micro Framework, using C# as the primary development language.
Who are the Manufacturers
Gadgeteer boards and modules are primarily available from the following manufactures
- GHI Electronics – .NET Gadgeteer mainboard, and supplier of many modules as well.
- Seeed Studio – Maker of numerous sensor modules, from gyro and compass to accelerometer and GPS.
- Sytech Designs, Ltd. – Makers of the Nano mainboard and several modules.
Community and Microsoft Sites
There are a number of excellent resources available online to begin your Gadgeteer adventures and to ask questions about .NET Gadgeteer hardware or software:
- .NET Gadgeteer Site - Microsoft .NET Gadgeteer is an open-source toolkit for building small electronic devices using the .NET Micro Framework and Visual Studio/Visual C# Express. Build all manner of electronic gadgets quickly and easily with .NET Gadgeteer!
- TinyCLR Gadgeteer Forum – Run by GHI, this forum is dedicated to .NET Gadgeteer topics, and is very active, with a number of smart and friendly folks from the community pitching in to help newcomers get started.
- Seeed Studio Forum – Technical support and device device drivers for Seeed products.
- Official .NET Gadgeteer Forums – The official Microsoft Research team responsible for Gadgeteer
- Core Gadgeteer API documentation – API resources and information, this is a good place to start.
- Gadgeteer Source on Codeplex – when documentation alone isn't enough, you can always check out the source code to see what's really happening under the covers.
- Skewworks – Supplies additional software useful in .NET MF and Gadgeteer projects, including UI libraries and operating environments that allow for running multiple applications without reflashing.
Here are some good blogs on .Net Gadgeteer:
- Official .NET Gageteer Site
- Official .NET Gadgeteer blog
- Valentin Ivanov's Blog – BreakContinue
- Michael Dodaro's blog – Integral Design
- Michael Ashby's blog – GOTO Loop
Supplies & Parts, for bigger better projects
Although you can do a great deal with just a mainboard and a few modules, eventually you're going to want to go beyond, and for that you'll probably want some additional gadgets to your projects, things like a breadboard, jumper wires, LEDs one of the best places in the UK to get these items in the UK for your Gadgeteer projects is http://coolcomponents.co.uk/catalog/ They have a vast array of accessories, from LEDs to header pins, jumper wires, servos, motors.
So 2012 looks a very interesting year for curricula developments using .NET Gadgeteer
More importantly .NET Gadgeteer is a neat way of introducing students of all ages to STEM.
Happy New Year!