Build Your Own Data Logger: Module Three (Part 1)

Welcome to the first section of our third Build Your Own Data Logger module. In these videos, we'll get into the process of writing our data logger application and carrying out our proof-of-concept strategy.

The rest of Module 3's sub-modules will be released after our holiday break, in early January. We'll update the schedule here on WILDLABS soon with our new module calendar. In the meantime, share your project progess here in our forums!

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Date published: 2020/12/07

Build Your Own Data Logger Module 3 (Part 1): Proof of Concept: Programming Basic Functionality

In our eight-module course, you'll gain the practical skills and knowledge base you need to deploy a data logger for real. Through learn-at-your-own-pace videos, Office Hour events, and resources, we will cover everything a beginner to Arduino needs to get started, from common terminology and components to programming, and all the way though piloting, testing, deploying, and troubleshooting.

In this section of our third module, Akiba and Jacinta will cover three sub-modules:

Sub-Module 1: Command Line – The foundation library of our proof-of-concept strategy. The command line allows us to write code and dynamically test it to check that the hardware and software behave as we expect them to.

Sub-Module 2: Temperature and Humidity Sensing – We’ll learn about accessing the temperature and humidity sensor that comes with the Wildlogger. We’ll also learn about the difference between absolute and relative humidity, the different ways to measure temperature, and how we can use the sensor information to make decisions on how the device should react.

Sub-Module 3: Analog to Digital Conversion – We’ll soon be learning how to use the analog to digital converter to measure the battery level on the Wildlogger board. In the meantime, we’ll learn more about how analog to digital converters actually work, how batteries discharge, and how we can use the analog to digital converter to measure the battery status based on the information we learned.

Build Your Own Data Logger: Module 3.3: Proof of Concept (Measuring Battery Status)

Build Your Own Data Logger: Module 3.3.1a: Analog to Digital Converters

Build Your Own Data Logger: Module 3.3.1b: Analog to Digital Converters

Episode Resources

Download the module terminology and PDFs below to go through the content covered in our videos at your own pace. 

Series Resources

  • Visit the dedicated community forum for this course for support and further resources. Each module will have a discussion thread where you can ask questions and share tips as you work your way through the course. The module three discussion is here.

  • Register for our live Office Hours events. (Updated schedule coming soon.) The recordings will be available to watch afterwards, so even if you can't make it, please post your question in the forum or email us and we'll make sure it's covered. 

  • If you'd like to buy the hardware to build along with the course, you can place your order here.

Get Support - Join Our Community!

The best part of this virtual course is that you're not learning alone. You'll get the most out of this course if you join the live calls (and community group) and get to know the other community members who are learning along with you. Our community is super friendly and it's a great way to meet people who are exploring a huge variety of ways to use technology for conservation. If you need a reason, check out our Tech Tutors wrap to see some of the collaborations that have come from people meeting in our call chats. 

As you follow along with our modules, we have two interactive ways to ask questions and participate:

  1. Attend our live Virtual Office Hour Events with Akiba and Jacinta every two weeks. (Updated schedule coming soon) They'll take your questions, cover the material as needed, and set you up for the next modules before they're released! We'll also post the Q&A videos here on WILDLABS and Youtube after the event, so if you can't attend, you'll still be able to follow along. Make sure you register for the course to receive invites for all of our course events.
  2. Join our course forum, where you'll be able to submit questions for live events, ask Akiba and Jacinta questions on an ongoing basis, help each other, and share your projects! 

Coming up in Module 3 (Section 2)...

The next half of this module will be available after our Holiday Break. In the meantime, visit the forum to show us your project in progress!

In Section 2, we'll complete our proof of concept with a series of sub-modules.

First, we’ll get introduced to the realtime clock, how we set it, and how we can use it to timestamp our data. Next, we’ll be accessing our SD card and reading and writing its file system. And finally, we’ll be using interrupts with the PIR motion sensor. 

By the end of Module 3, we'll have our basic proof of concept with all our functional code blocks working!

Ask questions, collaborate with other participants, find resources, and share your progress in our course forum!

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