Shrimping It


Shrimping it!

Spend an evening at the SoMakeIt workshop learning how to build and program a shrimp and then take it home!

UART dongles provided by Embecosm

The assembled shrimp kit.

The arduino platform is a great platform to work with, it is easy to code for and has a nice learning curve. However, after you have finished playing with and tweaking your circuit you are left with a fairly bulky and costly product. This is fine most of the time, when you are just playing and experimenting, but can quickly become a pain when you have multiple more permanent projects. So what can you do about it? Well, this is where a shrimp comes into play.

What is a shrimp?

It’s a very minimal do it yourself Arduino, it is simply the Atmel microcontroller and the components needed to make it work. It is functionally the same as the Arduino Uno but costs a lot less, your ticket includes all the parts you need to make the above shrimp plus an FTDI programming dongle, all of which you will take home. We’ll also be selling additional shrimps if you want some more.

They were dreampt up by our friends at the Makers of Morecambe makerspace. You can see more at shrimping.it

Preparation

Every thing will be provided on the day (except the laptop/computer), however in the interest of saving time and so you can get the most out of the workshop it is recommended that you install the Arduino IDE and USB to UART drivers and familiarise your self with the IDE.

If you have any trouble installing the software or with the IDE we will be able to help you during the workshop.

Experiences required

This workshop assumes you do not have any electronics experience and is aimed at people who have no or limited experience with programming microcontrollers. Some programming experience may be required however the sketches are designed to be easy to read and follow so are suitable for beginners.

What you need

You will need a computer running Windows, Linux or Mac OS that is capable of running the Arduino IDE.

What you get

By the end of the workshop you will have a fully working shrimp on a mini breadboard along with everything needed to programming it (except a computer of course).

Additional shrimps will also be available for to purchase during or after the workshop:

Full Kit £10 Protected shrimp, USB to UART converter
Full Kit+ £12.50 Protected shrimp+, USB to UART converter
Protected Shrimp £6.50 Components, micro breadboard
Protected Shrimp+ £9 Components, mini breadboard
Protected Shrimp Components Only £5 Atmega328, discrete components for a protected shrimp
USB to UART converter £5 Needed for uploading sketches to the shrimp, and for serial communication to the shrimp. Provided by Embecosm
Micro Breadboard £2.50 170 tie-point breadboard
Mini Breadboard £5 400 tie-point breadboard

Workshop Structure

  • Introduction to Arduino and the shrimp
  • Demo and build the minimal shrimp
  • Demo and build the protected shrimp
  • Explain and demo the arduino ide
  • Install the software and upload blink
  • Go through the sketch and introduce the Arduino language basics
  • Play around and experiment with the shrimp.
Although the workshop ends at 13:00, the SoMakeIt space will be open until 18:00, you are free to stick around after the workshop and continue to play and experiment with your shrimp.

Resources

  • http://shrimping.it/blog/bill-of-materials/
  • http://shrimping.it/blog/shrimp-kit/