Our most popular BASIC Stamp microcontroller is the BS2-IC module. Widely used in education, hobby, and industry, this module has enough program space, execution speed, and I/O pins for many applications. Combined with our Board of Education platform and the What's a Microcontroller Parts and Text Kit, you have a bona fide "Getting Started" kit for microcontroller programming and experimentation.
The What's a Microcontroller Parts & Text Kit guides you through over 40 hands-on activities designed to provide you with the best possible introduction to the world of BASIC Stamp programming. The text contains clear explanations, defines electronics terms in a friendly manner, and most importantly builds your confidence so you can start building your own electronics inventions. You may use your Board of Education with the other Parts and Text Kits in our Stamps in Class Series.
Here's what you will learn to do:
- Send signals with blinking LEDs
- Sense contact with pushbuttons
- Read a dial using a potentiometer
- Measure brightness with a light sensor
- Control a servo motor
- Make music on a piezospeaker
- Display data on a 7-segment LED
- Expand your projects with peripheral ICs
- Combine several circuits to prototype an invention
Download the complete What's a Microcontroller text PDF free, as well as programming software, select example code, Stamps in Class Mini Projects and YouTube videos, translations, and more from the What's a Microcontroller Resources Page below.
Once you've mastered the basics, you can expand your horizons with Robotics with the Boe-Bot, Smart Sensors and Applications, Understanding Signals, and other Parts & Text Kits in the Stamps in Class series.
Downloads & Resources:
What's a Microcontroller Resources
Board of Education Rev. C Manual v2.0 (.pdf)
Power Supply Recommendation Chart
BASIC Stamp Software Downloads
USB Driver Downloads