Build Your Own Data Logger: Module Three (Part 2)

Welcome to the second section of our third Build Your Own Data Logger module. In these videos, we'll be finishing up the basic functionality in our data logger!

You can find the first half of this module here.

Three total sub-modules will be released over the next two weeks to allow you to build along and catch up with our course. 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!

Follow our Build Your Own Data Logger playlist on our Youtube channel to catch every module as it goes live, and register for our full course to be the first to know about our module releases, live Q&A events, and course news!

Date published: 2021/01/04

Build Your Own Data Logger Module 3 (Part 2): Finishing the 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 4: We'll learn about quartz crystals, how temperature affects clock drift, and use a library to set out date and time using the command line.

Sub-Module 5: We'll learn about SD cards, what all those symbols mean, what the FAT32 file system, and then we'll cover initialising, writing, and deleting files to our SD card. 

Sub-Module 6: We'll explore the power of interrupts, and how they can hang a system if we're not careful. We'll also be programming our PIR motion sensor.

You can find the first three sub-modules from Module Three here.

Build Your Own Data Logger: Module 3.4: Real Time Clock

Build Your Own Data Logger: Module 3.4: What Time Is It?

Build Your Own Data Logger: Module 3.4: Command Line Time

Episode Resources

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

You can also find the related Arduino code files here.

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.
  • 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.

Module 3.4 Terminology

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... 

The next two submodules from Module 3 will be posted over the next two weeks. In the meantime, visit the forum to show us your project in progress!

In Submodule 5, we'll be learning about SD cards, what all those symbols mean, what the FAT32 file system, then initialising, writing, and deleting files to our SD card. 

In Submodule 6 we'll be exploring the power of interrupts, and how they can hang a system if we're not careful. We'll also be programming our 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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