PICFun2 is a kit designed as a request from high school teachers to provide an easy way to teach microcontroller programming. The students are able to construct a useful project on the actual circuit board they are using to program the PIC chip! In effect they can program and reprogram the PIC microcontroller for endless possible applications of their choice, all without taking the microcontroller off the board because the PIC chip has FLASH MEMORY which makes it electrically erasable.
It is intended to make microprogramming easy and fun so that the students maintain their interest at a high level. Hence a circuit was designed which can program the microcontroller, test the program and interface to the outside world to become a useful product - all WITHOUT taking the micro chip off the board. Special care has also been taken to minimise problems for the first time constructors and programmers. Documentation is clear, precise and informative.
For the schools with a limited budget, the PICFun2 is extremely cost effective. More important the kit is comprehensive enough to build and develop a real world / real time finished product. It can demonstrate and apply most basic elements of practical electronics as well as more advanced microcontroller concepts. Special teaching documentation is available to help the class teacher cover the essential class topics.The LCD plug-in module and the PICFUN2 to PC Interface with the Temperature Controller example option available separately.
|Features and OnBoard
|PICFun2 Kit contains the following
The PIC16F84 Microcontroller Programmer and Control Board was designed to be as flexible and easy to use as possible. As the PIC microcontroller has FLASH MEMORY you do not have to take the chip off the board to use/apply the program. The board can be used to input/output signals, switches, sound, LEDs, transistor drives, relays, serial port data etc. Many configurations are possible.