PIPER MAKE EDUCATOR RESOURCES SERIES
CHECK OUT THE BUILD:
- Create your first circuit using an LED and code it to blink
- Code a loop to turn the LED off and on at certain time intervals. Understand which command in the Python code determines the timing of the blinking.
- Make connections to the LEDs you see on a daily basis (blinking status lights on anything in the classroom).
You can share the mission directly to your Google Classroom after logging into your Google educator account in the top right corner of Piper Make.
Useful vocabulary terms to use in classroom: anode, cathode, resistors, loops
LED not lighting up when you hit START?
Most common issue: LED might be plugged in the wrong direction! Make sure the anode and cathode (i.e., short and long sides of LED) are appropriately oriented according to tutorial.
Make sure the pin that the wire is plugged into is the one referenced in the code.
Not sure what the point of the resistor is in the circuit?
The LED in the circuit has a small amount of intrinsic resistance, which the Pico might recognize and try to turn up the current flowing through the circuit. This can damage the Pico; therefore, to reduce the current, we add a resistor to the circuit.
In this lesson, students will build this LED and code it to blink on and off.