The ARD2-INNOV8 story is a story of innovation and collaboration; it is a story of perseverance, life-long learning, and community. Seven Vinton and Mark Trezise are both technology enthusiasts. Their passion for learning inspired them to form a partnership to help make this learning available to others via online videos, learning resources, and learning seminars & expos.
During one of these student seminars Seven and Mark started to discuss ways to make Arduino programming easier for students. They had used many devices which aimed to make Arduino programming easier, however, all of these devices fell short in one way or another.
Seven and Mark met with the CEO of Wiltronics, Richard Wilson, in December of 2016 to discuss how they could work together to promote learning of technologies like the Arduino devices, and at this meeting they aired their frustrations about the failings of the available technologies. Richard’s answer was simple: “Let’s make our own!”
From this meeting the prototype design for the ARD2-INNOV8 shield was developed by Seven and Mark along with its name, and upon receiving these designs Richard enlisted the help of his colleague Ben Sieira at CognetronicS to design the wiring layout and electronics engineering for the shield.
As previously mentioned, this story is a story of collaboration, however, this story is a little different from other stories you may have heard, because Seven is a secondary school teacher, and Mark is a student (year 10 at the time). This collaboration between teacher, student, and industry experts is rare, but it is a form of collaboration which needs to happen more if our country is going to be competitive in the world’s technology market.
This partnership is truly innovative, which is why the name ARD2-INNOV8 was chosen for the shield. The ARD2-INNOV8 shield is a piece of technology designed for students and teachers by a student and teacher in collaboration with two great Australian technology companies.
This story should inspire you to realise that with effort, creativity, and thinking, you could become the creator of the next innovative piece of technology!
ARD2 Innov8 Kit - Arduino Compatible
The ultimate STEM Coding Kit!
Downloadable Software & Educational eBooks Available
The ARD2-INNOV8 shield is a piece of technology which has various outputs and inputs, and sits on top of an Arduino Uno compatible micro-controller board.
The shield has been fitted with 7 LEDs (light emitting diodes), a piezo buzzer, a push button switch, a potentiometer, a light sensor, a temperature sensor, a 6 volt input, and convenient snap in connectors to use with a wide range of external modules such as servo motors, joystick module, and a real-time-clock module.
• 1 X ARD2 Arduino UNO R3 Compatible
• 1 X UNO Acrylic Mounting Platform
• 1 X Power Lead 9VDC to DC Plug
• 1 X ARD2 Innov8 Shield
• 1 X USB Cable
• 1 X Storage Box (packaging box doubles as storage container)
Coding Innov8ion, it's a Snap! eBook
Seven has developed a wide variety of educational resources for use with the ARD2-INNOV8 shield, including a downloadable eBook titled 'Coding Innov8ion' aimed at primary school students. This book teaches students to program Arduino using the INNOV8 board, featuring 10 lessons using Snap4Arduino, a visual programming environment that lets you create programs by dragging and dropping pre-made 'code blocks'.
37-in-1 Sensors Kit for Arduino ARD2
This kit of 37 ARD2 Arduino-compatible sensors contains almost everything you need to start experimenting with Arduino. It features a wide array of different sensors to expand the functionality of your next DIY project.
Battery Holder 4 X AA with DC Plug Lead
These battery holders with DC plugs are specially designed to power an Arduino UNO R3. It’s a great option if your Arduino project needs to be portable and can’t be plugged into a wall socket. Simply insert 4 AA batteries and away you go!
9VDC Battery Snap with DC Plug Lead
These battery holders with DC plugs are specially designed to power an Arduino UNO R3. It’s a great option if your Arduino project needs to be portable and can’t be plugged into a wall socket. Simply insert a 9V battery and away you go!
micro SD Card Reader Module ARD2 Arduino Compatible
This is an Arduino-compatible micro SD card reader module by ARD2. It allows your Arduino project to read and write data to a microSD card, which has many possible applications such as datalogging. For example, it could be used in tandem with one of our ARD2 sensors to read real-world data and save it to the microSD card for later analysis - see the ARD2 37-in-1 Sensors Kit in the ‘You Might Also Like’ section below.
Note: microSD card not included.
SD Card Reader Module ARD2 Arduino Compatible
This is an Arduino-compatible SD card reader module by ARD2. It allows your Arduino project to read and write data to an SD card, which has many possible applications such as datalogging. For example, it could be used in tandem with one of our ARD2 sensors to read real-world data and save it to the SD card for later analysis - see the ARD2 37-in-1 Sensors Kit in the ‘You Might Also Like’ section below.
Note: SD card not included.
RFID Reader Module with Keytag & Card ARD2 Arduino Compatible
An ARD2 Arduino-compatible RFID reader module with keytag and card. Perfect for DIY electronics projects, this module will allow your Arduino to read RFID objects such as the included keytag and card. From there the only limit is your imagination - for example, you could build a lock for a door that will only open when the Arduino detects a certain RFID code.