Simon Says Experiments
Now that you've successfully made a Simon Says board and thoroughly impressed all your friends at home, it's time to learn how to change your Simon Says board into your own unique project!! That's right, your Simon Says board is capable of doing MUCH more than playing the Simon Says game. It can be re-programmed to do whatever you like. In this tutorial we will:
- Set up your hardware to upload code.
- Set up the free Arduino IDE Software and FTDI drivers on your computer.
- Get some example code onto your Simon Says Board.
- Add a photocell and use Disco Mode!!
For the fourth part of the tutorial, we will show you how you can use your Simon Says board to detect light. This example will require a photocell, a 10K resistor and a soldering iron. However, you can still upload the example code and listen to disco mode (without soldering on the light sensor).
In this tutorial, we will show you how to re-program your Simon Says board. We will guide you through setting up the software and hardware. To do this, you will need a PC or Mac. Assuming that you have one of the Simon Says boards soldered, we will require an additional three pieces of hardware to upload code to the microcontroller:
The following is a recommended list of materials you'll need to modify the board.
If you aren’t familiar with the following concepts, we recommend checking out these tutorials before continuing.