The Educato was born when Modern Device and our friends at TechShop wanted to cover all the bases for beginners who often benefit from using a microcontroller board on a breadboard. We also wanted a build-your-own board that could be used in classes, so students could learn how to solder while building their first Arduino® (compatible). Our Bare Bones Board had served the needs of my students and TechShop classes for six years, except that the board was not Arduino shield compatible. With the extensive number of shields available for the Arduino environment, someone was always wanting to use a shield. While this is usually possible by connecting a few wires, the resulting form factor is often inelegant.
So the Educato was born with the twin mission of being extremely breadboard friendly, like the Bare Bones Board, but still accommodating shields when necessary. The board is made in Rhode Island but has an authentic Italian name (which is also very Rhode Island by the way).
- First we wanted it to be shield compatible, unlike the Bare Bones Board, of which we have sold thousands over the years.
- We wanted every useful pin on the front edge of the board, where it could be accessed from a breadboard.
- The board also has power rail pins like the BBB, and BBLeo, although they won’t fit every breadboard in existence. It does work well with the breadboards we sell, which seem to be the most common. Two handy pins on the breadboard connector can also be used to power any breadboard.
- The analog block has power and ground available like the BBB, but three of the pins are special. They have a shunt so that the power can be drawn either from the board’s 5 volt rail, or from the Vin voltage, which we suggest should be 6 volts.
- This makes the board ideal for powering up to three servos, by switching the shunt to the Vin voltage and plugging the servos directly into AO, A1 & A2. This routes the servo motors high current around the Educato’s power rail, keeping the noise off from the microcontrollers power lines. I was getting slightly weary drawing the servo power circuit for my students, so this should be a cleaner faster solution.
- A special regulator makes the Arduino Uno® type power negotiation scheme redundant, so we left it out, and kept the board simple. The regulator also has reverse polarity protection, so there is no need for either a series diode (and its voltage drop) or an inverse parallel diode (and its death wish).
- Easy to build for beginners with part labels including both part numbers and part values.
- 2.78″x 2.33″ (70.6mm x 59.4mm)
- All surface mount parts pre-soldered at the factory
FTDI chip, voltage regulator, USB jack and PTC fuse
- Accommodates all Arduino shields with the UNO® footprint
- 1 amp voltage regulator, ideally powered by 6 volts, will accommodate up to 12 volts
- Designed by Modern Device and TechShop
- Educato Kit – All SMD components are mounted and the SMD assembly is tested. Through-hole parts are shipped loose
and ready for your soldering iron.
- Educato Kit and 3′ USB Cable – Same as above, but includes a 3′ USB cable.
- Assembled and Tested Board – All components assembled and board is tested. Includes a $8 assembly charge.
If you would like a header assembly different from our default standard, just let us know in order notes.
- Assembled Board with USB Cable– Same as above but with a 3′ USB cable.
- Educato Kit, 3′ USB Cable and Full-Size Breadboard – Nearly everything you need to start using an Educato!