Simon Says Assembly Guide

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Resources and Going Further

Wrapping It All Up

I hope this has been a fun learning adventure. Soldering is a much easier than it may seem, and can be a useful tool for many trades and hobbies. If you still feel like you need some more help you can check out the video below. It goes over the same steps as are mentioned here, however, sometimes seeing someone else do it is easier than trying to explain it.

Bootloader Note: Reprogramming the ATmega328P Microcontroller w/ Arduino!

Now that you've successfully got your Simon Says up and running, it's time to incorporate it into your own project!

Arduino IDE

This ATmega328P comes pre-programmed with the Simon code as well as the STK500 serial bootloader. This serial bootloader will allow you to re-program the Simon game using the Arduino IDE. Selecting the "LilyPad Arduino w/ ATMega328" bootloader that was burned to the Atmega328P chip allows the Simon to be re-programmed to do many different things! You can write code to change your Simon into a new unique project. Try browsing our GitHub repository containing the default example code and additional examples:

Parts to Upload Code

To upload new code to the board, we require additional components that are not included in the kit.

SparkFun FTDI Basic Breakout - 3.3V

SparkFun FTDI Basic Breakout - 3.3V

DEV-09873
$15.50
63
Break Away Headers - Straight

Break Away Headers - Straight

PRT-00116
$1.50
20
SparkFun USB Mini-B Cable - 6 Foot

SparkFun USB Mini-B Cable - 6 Foot

CAB-11301
$3.95
2

To learn how to use the Simon Says with the Arduino IDE, we have a few tutorials. To get started, it is recommended to start with this tutorial:

Simon Says Experiments

October 21, 2010

So you've built up a Simon Says kit? What next? This tutorial will get you up and running with Arduino software, guide you through a few example sketches, and send you on your way to create your own. Careful, this stuff is highly addictive. :)

For more information, check out the resources below:

Need some inspiration for your next project? Check out some of these related tutorials:

Simon Splosion Wireless

This is a tutorial demonstrating one of many techniques to "hack" the Simon Says. We will highlight the technique to take your Simon Says Wireless.

Simon Tilts Assembly Guide

This tutorial will guide you through assembling your Simon Tilts PTH Kit.

Simon Says Experiments

So you've built up a Simon Says kit? What next? This tutorial will get you up and running with Arduino software, guide you through a few example sketches, and send you on your way to create your own. Careful, this stuff is highly addictive. :)

If you still have any questions or comments, please leave them below in the comments section. Happy soldering!