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Arduino for Kids

By : Priya Kuber, Rishi Gaurav Bhatnagar, Vijay Varada
Book Image

Arduino for Kids

By: Priya Kuber, Rishi Gaurav Bhatnagar, Vijay Varada

Overview of this book

The mission of this book is to integrate technology with the tools that children already use for crafts so that they feel that the technology is an extension of their playtime. We use coding, sensors, and micro-controllers integrated with art and craft supplies, origami, and Playdough. There are 10 fun-filled chapters that talk to children directly, and give clear instructions for non-technical parents too. We use Arduino as the controller of choice due to its easy availability and large community. By the end of the book, children will comfortably be able to set up their Arduino, read and understand code, manipulate code, and ultimately write their own code for projects. They will also be able to use basic sensors and know how components connect to each other. All the learning takes place with lots of colorful pictures and the circuits are neatly presented using wiring.
Table of Contents (18 chapters)
Arduino for Kids
About the Authors
About the Reviewers
Customer Feedback

What language does your Arduino Understand?

For Arduino, we will use the language processing. Quoting from, Processing is a flexible software sketchbook and a language for learning how to code within the context of the visual arts.

Processing is an open source programming language and integrated development environment (IDE). Processing was originally built for designers and it was extensively used in electronics arts and visual design communities with the sole purpose of teaching the fundamentals of computer sciences in a visual context. This also served as the foundations of electronic sketchbooks.

From the previous example of gift wrapping, you noticed that before you need to bring in the paper and other stationery needed, you had to see the size of the problem at hand (the gift).

What is a library?

In computer language, the stationery needed to complete your task, is called Library. A library is a collection of reusable code that a programmer can reuse instead of writing...