Recent developments in microcontroller hardware and programming tools have empowered hobbyists of all ages in realizing innovative projects. The relative low cost and user-friendly aspects of the Arduino microcontroller make it an ideal choice for introducing K-12 students to the often-challenging concepts of programming and electronics. This paper presents the inaugural Electronics Invention Camp at Thiel College as an outreach program and recruitment tool. The camp took place for five days during summer 2016, with students meeting two hours each day for sessions covering a wide range of topics common to microcontroller projects. The syllabus included many important hardware and software topics, such as breadboarding; 8X8 displays; sensors; variables, conditional branching, and loops. The camp sought to foster attendee interest in both the art and engineering of electronics projects.
Math and Computer Science