Over Christmas break I stumbled upon some classes listed on the Sparkfun website. Two of them happened to be scheduled over a three day weekend early in January. At approximately 16 hours, the drive from Edwardsville, IL to Boulder, CO couldn’t be much longer and still be truthfully be described as a “day trip.” But when else would I have a chance to learn about microcontrollers and programming in a classroom environment? I decided to make the journey and give the classes a try.
The USB NerdKit is an introduction to microcontrollers package offered by NerdKits.com. Rather than being an integrated development platform like the TI Launchpad or the Arduino, the NerdKit is composed of modular components and is designed to teach newcomers the fundamentals of embedded systems. In other words, it’s a perfect place to start learning about MCU programming.