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Let's Invent!

Step into Engineering and Computer Science

The Qualcomm® Thinkabit Lab™ Learning Center offers a variety of resources to get you started on your journey to become an inventor. Here you will explore how to wire and program a microcontroller, invent with indicators and actuators, and explore future careers in technology!

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Explore the Hardware Kit!

Assembling your Learning Center Hardware Kit from scratch is where the fun begins! We will walk you through all the hardware, software, and components you'll need to engage in the engineering activities and start building your projects and inventions.

Download our Getting Started Guide (Spanish) for all the information you’ll need!

Introducing Microcontrollers and Integrated Development Environment

Now that you know what comes in your hardware kit, let's dive into putting it all together. It starts with a microcontroller. Please note you will need a Windows OS or Mac OS X computer.

A microcontroller is a small computer that you will become familiar with as you explore the activities below.

An Integrated Development Environment (IDE) is the software used to program code for microcontrollers.

Now, grab your Windows OS or Mac OS X computer and download this IDE software to start coding!

Coding Activities

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LED

LED Circuit

Learn how to use an Arduino as a power source to build an LED circuit.

LED Blink

Learn how to upload and modify code to make an LED Blink at various speeds.

LED SOS

Learn how to use an LED to send messages using Morse code.

Multiple LEDs

Learn how to connect and write code to control multiple LEDs.

Servo

Servo

Learn how to wire a continuous Servo motor and write code to control its motion.

Servo Sweep

Learn how to wire a positional Servo motor and use code to control its motion.

2 Servos

Learn how to connect and write code to control two Servos.

LED + Servo

Learn how to wire and write code to control a Servo and an LED at the same time.

Stuck on an activity?

Don't worry! This Troubleshooting document is comprised of common errors and how to fix them.

O*NET OnLine is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment & Training Administration, and developed by the National Center for O*NET Development.

Career Exploration

Start Your Career Journey Today!

Qualcomm is a company of inventors comprising a global workforce that includes people with diverse skills, backgrounds, and cultures who are part of inventing the wireless world of the future. Start exploring the possibilities of your STEM future!

Understanding yourself through exploring your strengths, interests, and values (SIVs) will help you when looking at possible future careers. Watch this video to have one of our Thinkabit Lab instructors guide you through an activity that will help you learn more about you and how you can use your SIVs to help you find careers that you might be interested in!

Exploring Strengths, Interests, and Values

The O*Net OnLine is a tool that can be used to explore careers and their job descriptions. Use the O*Net Interest Profiler to help students discover what their interests are and how they relate to the world of work.

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