Some time again, we coated the LogicShield by METE HOCA; effectively, they’ve now stepped it up a notch by lowering the value and rising the usability and academic software with the brand new LogicBoard. Eliminating the requirement for an Arduino Uno brings the price per board to a degree the place an educator may afford to purchase 10 or 20 boards with out fully emptying what small finances they might have.
Different enhancements embody switches to make altering the inputs simple; utilizing 0.1″ headers for connections, permitting cheap jumpers for use to attach the gates collectively; the flexibility to hyperlink a number of gates collectively in sequence to create extra advanced logic equations; and having fastened 0 and 1 enter headers accessible. Altogether, this makes the LogicBoard an amazing alternative for STEM educators who educate logic gates as a part of their curriculum.
As an educator, I additionally recognize that the title of the corporate has been moved from the entrance of the board to the again, giving a cleaner, extra skilled look. The itemizing additionally says that female-female jumpers are included, which is a wonderful contact that makes educators’ jobs simpler (having the ability to purchase every thing wanted as a single product is nice). The one factor lacking is the choice to incorporate an applicable energy provide — however as a result of it accepts a large enter vary (4-14V DC), presumably most STEM educators have just a few spare energy provides round. It was designed to have the ability to take the identical energy provide that powers an Arduino Uno, which is once more a pleasant contact as having the ability to reuse elements in a lab makes issues simpler for the instructors.
If you’re within the STEM training area, try considered one of these boards and concurrently assist a fellow maker whereas getting a device to assist educate the subsequent era of hackers and makers!