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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

Making your own sensor!

Before we start going deeper into this section, you need to know this: you are already an inventor, so you have the power to build all the sensors you want in the world! However, as Spidey's uncle Ben said, with great power comes great responsibility; as an inventor you always follow a process or an approach to solving problems. Remember the notebook you maintain, that's the one!

Write down the following three questions in your notebook:

  1. Why?

  2. What?

  3. How?

Every time you see a problem, ask yourself these questions:

  • Why am I doing this?-Find out the answer to this by constantly observing and identifying the problem statements around you. Asking WHY helps you define the problem statement and gives you the reason to stick to the problem statement even when you are in self-doubt. For example, my observation is that the temperature in my city is increasing. Why is it increasing?-It is increasing because of pollution.

  • What are you going to do about the problem you found out by asking...