Materials List: Wirelessly Control Lights and Motors Using XBee Communication!

  • computer, Windows or Mac
  • Arduino software; download from https://www.arduino.cc/en/main/software
  • 2 Arduino microcontrollers and programming cables; recommended: 2 Arduino Inventor’s Kits (which include buttons and LEDs) for $99 at SparkFun
  • 2 XBee Series 1 trace antennas, for $25 each at CanaKit; many different types of XBees are available and several different antenna options are available with the more expensive ones extending the range from feet to miles; the Series 1 XBee is highly recommended for this activity due to its ease of configuration and classroom range
  • 2 XBee shields, for $15 each at SparkFun
  • 1 header pin kit, such as the Arduino Stackable Header Kit - R3 for $1.50 at SparkFun
  • XCTU software, for configuring the XBees; free download at Digi
  • 1 XBee Explorer USB for each XBee shield, for $25 from SparkFun, to make XBee configuration much easier; 1 Explorer can configure all the XBes used in the activity
  • breadboards
  • jumper wires
  • 9V battery
  • 9V connector wire
  • additional components for challenge exercises: potentiometer, touch sensor, flex sensor, motor, servo
https://www.teachengineering.org/makerchallenges/view/cub-2219-xbee-lights-motors-arduino-wireless-communication