I'm currently in San Francisco :) I'm here helping an organisation called Mission Science Workshop, who are interested in developing a course based on the energy monitor for high schools. The idea is to use the arduino and computer based graphing/logging as a platform to make scientific measurements of things like: voltage, current, power, energy, temperature, light, etc, that can be used in workshops to make it possible to see useful, interesting phenomenon and demonstrate the use of computers in science. Mission Science Workshop teach science in a very hands on, experiential way, trying to keep kids curiosity alive and sparking their interest in science. Have a look at their website here:
I'm working with Mario Landau Holdsworth from mission science on the project, he teaches at Mission Science and has a keen interest in Arduino's, energy monitoring, electric cars, mycelia and teaching science in a fun way. He has been very kind to sort out the whole visit.
As a part of the mission science project I gave a short workshop on the energy monitor last Friday. For the workshop I did a bit more work on the energy monitor design and tried to improve the documentation a bit, creating a printable energy monitor guide. I'm going to upload these to the main website today, but here are the printable pdf's for the mean time:
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- How to make a basic energy monitor
- Detailed System Design
- AC Power Theory 1
- AC Power Theory 2
- Household wiring
I'm in the San Francisco area until the end of the month, working on the project and going hiking around marin county and hopefully Yosemite, if your in the area, Mario and I will be down at Mission Science building things so let us know if you'd like to come and have a look.