Good Evening All,
I am in the process of developing further curriculum around Farmbot. So far I have developed a program which is Arduino based and looks at the hardware of Farmbot itself. For instance we have to start at the very bottom of the Arduino learning ladder with blinking LED’s etc, but end up with students who can program stepper motors, use sensors, such as the bmp180 and hygrometer to activate watering of plants. This is all done over 40hrs of class time and with students who are 12-13 years old. The main purpose of this experience is to have the students experience Farmbot as they are not necessarily heavily involved in using it.
I now need to work on the curriculum extending from this base understanding, which would require students to use it. I would also have 80hrs and they are 14-15 years old.
My thoughts on proposed tasks would be
- developing a farmware, possibly a timelapse photography function.
- addition of a weather station and use of weather data, (using pyton to code instead of C/C+)
- trialing different conditions for a crop, ie. water amount, or water frequency
- creating how to guides for various tasks. Similar to the video guides Rory has for the software.
Please let me know what you think or if you have any other suggestions. If you have any programs written and would be willing to share, that would be appreciated. I will reciprocate back to the forum and the wiki when i have my curriculum written and trilled next year.