SimplyTronics Educational Program Recognized

SimplyTronics was invited today to attend the Nine Mile Falls School District Board Meeting in WA State.

During the meeting, the School Board recognized SimplyTronics support in helping STEM initiatives in the District. Superintendent Brian Talbott and High School Principal Brent Osborne in particular offered details about the beginning of the relationship with SimplyTronics and our involvement in supporting the new robotics clubs in the High School an Middle School.

Ari Alvarez, representing SimplyTronics Educational Program, was presented with a nice pin as token of gratitude from the School District Board.

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We are thankful for the staff and the students in the district since they are the ones that work the hardest to promote technology literacy. We will continue to support the School District efforts in promoting robotics and technology in the Inland Northwest.

SimplyTronics Online Store

Finally we were able to release our online store and as we introduce this new website, we’re offering free shipping for orders of more than $50 (and a flat fee of $5 for orders below that value). At this point we’re only shipping to US address.

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You can continue buying SimplyTronics products through our distributors, but now you also have the option of buying directly from us.

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This online store also allows SimplyTronics to sell some products that you cannot find through distributors, like our PIR sensor (ST-00031). Now you can buy it here:
http://shopsimplytronics.com/pir-sensor/

We are taking most credit cards and PayPal as payment methods.

You can access our store from the link in our website (to the right of Home) or directly at http://shopsimplytronics.com/

SimplyTronics Educational Program

SimplyTronics formed an Education Team and we will be conducting some pilot programs in 2014.

On January 31 we will be teaching a Robotics class for local teachers in Lakeside High School (LHS) in Nine Mile Falls, WA. These same teachers will bring the knowledge back to their schools and setup robotics clubs (after school programs). By April, LHS principal Brent Osborne, is going to host a local Robotics competition that will be low-cost or even free for participants.

ST Educational Program will begin using the Shield-Bot platform which was designed by SimplyTronics working together with Parallax and under request from RobotC developers. While the program is started, our engineering team is developing a board that integrates a compatible breadboard layout, with an on-board Arduino-compatible microcontroller and a power management circuit for holding rechargeable batteries. We call this board ST-EDU and we are currently testing some Rev A1 working prototypes.

Below you can see some prototype pictures.

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For any inquiries about SimplyTronics Educational Program please send an email to education@simplytronics.com.

New Product Release – VPN1513 GPS Receiver

We’re introducing a versatile yet low-cost GPS product, the ST-00058, VPN1513 GPS Receiver. In this case we developed a carrier board for the VPN1513 GPS which is a surface mount GPS sensor. We didn’t just soldered it to a carrier board, but we also added a header for easy access, an improved GPS antenna connector and high-performance voltage regulator and backup battery.

The unit is ready to use as soon is connected to an antenna, power and a microcontroller. At this point we suggest using the Propeller and Arduino microcontrollers. We uploaded Propeller sample code and we’re getting close to release Arduino sample code soon.

We need to remark that this is a GPS board that delivers raw NMEA data strings and it doesn’t have an on-board microcontroller or co-processor to handle that signal. We’re working on a Smart GPS module that will do exactly that, but this unit provides only direct access to the GPS chip, with SiRF chipset.

For specifications and product information you can visit the product page:

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The product is compatible with the ST-00060, External GPS Antenna with SMA Connector:

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And you can also buy both parts together as part ST-00061, VPN1513 GPS Receiver with Antenna:

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