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Computer Science Department

Micro-controller Programming Workshop Offered by Ron Croonenberg (Spring, 2010)

Approximately one dozen students spent a recent Saturday afternoon learning how to write software to interact with a game-pad micro-controller under the guidance of Ron Croonenberg, Computer Science Department Laboratory Instructor and Technology Coordinator. After enjoying a pizza lunch, students learned about micro-controllers, which are used in all kinds of devices such as cell phones, microwave ovens, game controllers, audio and video equipment, sensor arrays for robotics, entry systems for cars, and numerical keypads for door entry control. The group disassembled a game controller to see how it works, and collaborated to write real-time routines to interact with the device. Based on the success of this event the department plans to offer additional non-credit workshops in the future.

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