Simon Says . . . Have Fun with Circuits
(Photo by Bryan Cantwell)
This fall’s Simon Says Spectacular showed electrical and computer engineering students that engineering can be fun, while providing lessons on teamwork, problem solving, and communication that will be valuable throughout their collegiate careers. Student teams used Arduino Uno microcontrollers, light-emitting diodes, and circuit boards to design replicas of the electronic memory game Simon. The competition tested students’ aptitude to recall the precise order of the randomly generated patterns across the red, green, yellow, and blue buttons – up to 13 consecutive steps.
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