Tired of looking at a normal desk clock? This is Clox, a word clock. Not only does it tell time, it tell the date too (dates are useful trust me). Clox was one of my earlier projects. If you decide to build this then thats wonderful!. Easy parts to print and Coding wiring is simple!. Check below for parts list.
Designed using 123D SketchUp
Most of my designed was based off of Polylines in combination with extrude function.
Project: Word Clox
Overview & Background:
This project helps gain an understanding of the basics of the Arduino microcontroller,coding,and the modules in order to build a word clock and. The Word Clox project is eye candy for anyone that looks at it. It also sparks conversation.
Students get hands on experience in the construction of a complex word clock.
Students will learn about basic Arduino coding.
*Students learn how to Solder.
The grades, ages, or skill levels that would be appropriate for this Project.
4th grade+, Age 10+, Skills in Soldering
This project is based off, Inequality (mathematics) <,>,= thats taught in the earlier grades.
Skills Learned (Standards):
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Complex Thinking Skills
Problem Solving Skills
Step 1 : Gather all the components from the parts list below.
Step 2 We will solder off the TFT pins carefully.
Here we see the Pins with the black plastic bindings
Step 3 With tweezers remove the black pin holders
Here just pull out the black pin holders, repeat the process for the other 4 pin groups.
Step 4, With all the pins soldered out, place the Arduino Pro mini on the bottom right corner Of the TFT screen. Step 5 With the glue gun, place a drop of glue under the arduino pro mini. Here is the Schematic to the TFT wiring to the Pro Mini
Step 6 Solder and connect the pins to the arduino pro mini.
rt with pins 8-13 then 2-7 > GND, VCC, Reset, and finally A0-A3
Step 7: now that the longest part of soldering is done, soldering the rest of the modules should be a breeze
Step 8 Unsolder the pins from the FTDI module.And solder
Solder 90mm wire wrap to each pin on the FTDI board
here is the schematic
Solder the wires to the pro mini
Heres the scematic to wire the module to the DS3231
Step 9 Gather the prints
Step 10 Insert the lower kickstand into the lower part of the front plate to hold the lower kickstand Up.
Insert the 58 mm paperclip on the other end of the lower kickstand.
To connect the bottom kickstand Straighten the paperclip and cut 35mm
Insert the paperclip shaft straight through
Glue on the sides to keep the shaft stationary
Next is the the lower kickstand
Straighten the paperclip and cut out a 65mm .
insert the 68mm paperclip
put super glue on both ends
put it aside and let it dry
place the completed module in the front frame.
next glue all 4 corners
Place the middle frame
finally glue the back frame to the middle frame
The easiest way to add the code is through the Dropbox link which has arduino-1.6.1-windows.zip+ the Code and the libraries already added (simply run the code ArduinoProMini__RTC) the link is here https://db.tt/25xUTmnp. Once the file is downloaded, simply extract and run the code.
1 hour 45 minutes for printing.
2 hours for assembling and programming.
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Rubric & Assessment:
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Handouts & Assets:
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