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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 are sensors?

Do you remember how we compared the human body to robots in Chapter 1, The World around Us? Microcontrollers are like the brains in human beings. Similar to human brains, microcontrollers work on a simple input-output concept. So, what is this input-to-output concept?

Anything that is taken in or put in a system is called an input; similarly, output is what is given out of the system.

Look at the following diagram-it shows what a system looks like. This system could be a microcontroller or a human brain:

Microcontrollers receive the input information; they process that information and then produce an output. The human brain processes a lot of information too, even before birth. All day, every day, it processes information such as sounds, images, visuals, smells, touch, pain, expressions, and so on. What do you think is the input to the brain? The sense organs in humans provide this input to the brain.


Find out about some of the various sense organs present in the human...