Build Your Own Data Logger: Module One

Welcome to the first module of our Build Your Own Data Logger virtual course. We'll cover what you need to know about the hardware and software we'll use in this course, and things you should consider when choosing hardware and getting started.

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: 2020/11/10

Build Your Own Data Logger Module 1: Understand the Design Stack

In our eight-part 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 first module, Akiba and Jacinta will cover:

  • The hardware design flow that we follow here.
  •  The ‘layers’ that make up hardware: physical hardware + embedded software + application.
  •  A deeper dive into the physical hardware: MCU, input/out devices, ports, pins, analogue versus digital, peripherals and accessories. 
  •  A deeper dive into embedded software: what libraries and drivers do.
  •  Application software (what we’re writing in the course) and why we’re using the command line to start programming. 
  •  Things to think about when choosing hardware; What questions do you need to ask?

Episode Resources

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

  • 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 one discussion is here.
  • Check out the recording of our live office hours module 1 event (also below). We're happy to cover questions from any module in our office hours events, so even if you're running behind the live schedule, please do come along to the next office hours and ask your question. 
  • If you'd like to buy the hardware to build along with the course, you can place your order here.

Module 1 Supporting Documents (PDFs)

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. Catch up on the Module 1 Office Hours recording here. In these sessions, we'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! This module's thread can be found here.

Coming up in Module 2...

In Module 2, we'll cover the steps to installing Arduino and setting up the hardware, as well as writing our first programs. Ready to get started? You can find the next module here.