View Full Version : Specific for a new young friend starting with Propeller

Oldbitcollector (Jeff)
03-18-2009, 02:23 AM
Last month I met Jared (a very sharp young man going on 14) during one of my service calls who
expressed an interest in electronics technology. Of course I told him a little bit about
the Propeller and invited him to take a look at Parallax.com and think about if he would like to
try it out. He's had a couple weeks to think about it and finally got the nerve to call the old guy. :)
He's got some help at home with learning to solder.

This afternoon I'll be taking him a USB Protoboard and Ping))) sensor and directing him
(by way of sneaky URL from my website to this thread.) {feel free to introduce yourselves.}

Jared, there are a bunch of great people (of all ages) in this forum daily who will be happy
(in addition to myself) to help you get started, answering questions and sharing ideas.

Here's those links you'll want to take a look at in getting started with the Propeller/Protoboard.

Step-by-step Protoboard getting started for new users. (http://www.parallax.com/Portals/0/Downloads/docs/prod/prop/32212-32812-Protoboard_Introduction.pdf)
The Propeller Cookbook (http://ucontroller.com/Propeller%20Protoboard%20Designs%20for%20the%20Beg inner.pdf)
Propeller Manual (http://www.parallax.com/Portals/0/Downloads/docs/prod/prop/WebPM-v1.01.pdf)
P.E. Labs Book (http://www.parallax.com/Portals/0/Downloads/docs/prod/prop/Web-PELabsFunBook-v1.0.pdf)
Software Index (games) (http://forums.parallax.com/showthread.php?p=770318)


The Graphics Demo (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JAx3_IKdQ6M)
PropGFX addon for Propeller (coming soon!) (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9yNX2mFAWqI)

Jared, this could be the beginning of a very exciting hobby for you. (maybe the start of a career.)
Register yourself to the forums and introduce yourself, I'm sure others will. :)


New to the Propeller?

Check out: Protoboard Introduction (http://jeffledger.googlepages.com/Protoboard_Introduction.pdf) , Propeller Cookbook 1.4 (http://ucontroller.com/Propeller%20Protoboard%20Designs%20for%20the%20Beg inner.pdf) & Software Index (http://forums.parallax.com/showthread.php?p=770318)
Updates to the Cookbook are now posted to: Propeller.warrantyvoid.us (http://propeller.warrantyvoid.us)
Got an SD card connected? - PropDOS (http://www.orrtech.net/propdos/)

Post Edited (Oldbitcollector) : 3/17/2009 7:29:16 PM GMT

03-18-2009, 03:05 AM
Hi Jared ( when you get here :) ) welcome to the fun, I'm sure you won't regret taking it up as a hobby :)

Have fun,

Baggers ( Jim )

http://www.propgfx.co.uk/forum/·home of the PropGFX Lite


03-18-2009, 03:18 AM
I'd have killed to have something like this when I was 14. It might have even saved me from having to spend my teen years washing garbage trucks for $2/hour. Be sure to appreciate the good thing you've got here.

03-18-2009, 03:42 AM
Welcome Jared,

I got my first propeller when I was fourteen (last year at Christmas), and I have had a ton of fun with it. It was my first micro controller and first programming language. You will learn a ton of things that will build a strong foundation for electronics. My advice is that you get as much practice soldering as possible.

Have fun with your propeller!

Mike Huselton
03-18-2009, 03:44 AM

Welcome to the gang!

Sit down and slip your shoes off. You're gonna love this http://forums.parallax.com/images/smilies/yeah.gif

My welcoming gift is: www.sparkfun.com/commerce/tutorial_info.php?tutorials_id=106 (http://www.sparkfun.com/commerce/tutorial_info.php?tutorials_id=106)


Post Edited (James Michael Huselton) : 3/17/2009 8:53:43 PM GMT

03-18-2009, 05:18 AM
Welcome Jared!

You are off to a great start just knowing the Oldbitcollector! Have fun learning about the Prop. Hope to see you posting here soon.


"We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we're curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths." - Walt Disney

Kit Morton
03-18-2009, 05:21 AM
Welcome Jared, you will have a great time with the Propeller.

To all young propeller users:
My one suggestion to every high school aged propeller user on this forum would be to find a FRC (FIRST Robotics Competition) team.

The FIRST Robotics Competition is a unique competition that brings highschool aged students together with mentors that work in engineering fields to build a 120 pound robots in six weeks. www.usfirst.org (http://www.usfirst.org)

I would say that joining a FIRST robotics team is probably the best thing I have done for my self. Before I joined I had been interested in electronics and I was already working with the propeller. Since I have joined I have learned many things from marketing to mechanical engineering to website design skills (I made our team website www.team847.com (http://www.team847.com)). This really is the best program for anyone interested in science and technology.

I know there are some other FIRST folks on this forum, but I thought I would put this out there. And for all of you that aren't in high school any more, teams are always looking for knowledgeable mentors to help us out.

So, find a team near you, it will change your life http://forums.parallax.com/images/smilies/lol.gif


PHRED, FIRST Team 847, Member

03-18-2009, 05:41 AM

Great to have you here! (when you get here)

I discovered the basic stamp about a year ago and started learning the propeller about 2 months ago. You will be really surprised at all the different things you will be able to build and design!

Get ready for some long sleepless nights when you're up coding and programming all night!

Great to have you here...