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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

Physics behind sensors

You know, I always found automatic doors, escalators, and elevators very magical. Every time I would go close to a door and see it open on its own, I would always walk a little away from the door, to the left or to the right, to check at what point I will be close enough for the door to open. It has always been fun.

We interact and use multiple sensors on a daily basis even without knowing their presence. They are present everywhere! Don't you think they make our life simpler?


Write about at least five different places that you know or think sensors are present. Also, guess the location in the product.

One very important thing that all of us should remember is that all the sensors work on the basic laws of physics. They use physical conditions such as light, temperature, pressure, humidity, and so on, using circuitry within them and converting them into electrical signals.

So, the insides of a sensor will look something like this:

Keep this block diagram in mind;...