Each of the following circuits are assembled on their own mini breadboard:
This circuit provides the operator interface (a single pushbutton) which allows the operator to select which phase of the training protocol is being observed. There are four LEDs on this circuit which illuminate to indicate the current training phase.
This circuit employs transistors to allow the Arduino's 5 volt output pins to operate 12 volt components. More specifically, the motors used by the reward dispenser and the training coin dispenser.
This circuit provides power to, and reads the signals from the CrowBox's two reflective optical sensors. One of these optical sensors is used to detect the release of a training coin and the other detects coins that have been deposited by birds.
How to fabricate and install the copper busses which make it neat and easy to attach and remove CrowBox components from the CrowBox power source.
This section details how to install and connect the two TCRT-5000 optical sensors used by the CrowBox,
How to install and connect the perch switch.
How to install and connect the Arduino SD card reader shield for data logging.