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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

I/O pins

As we mentioned earlier, Arduino has input and output pins along the edges of the board. These are also called I/O pins, in short. These pins form the physical interface between the Arduino and the outside world:

On the most basic level, you can think of them as switches that you can turn on or off (input) or that the Arduino can turn on or off (output).

These pins enable the Arduino to control and observe the outside world using electronic circuits connected to it. The Arduino is able to control LEDs by turning them on or off, run motors, sound sirens (now we're talking!), and perform many more such actions by giving an output signal on these pins. It can also detect whether a switch has been pressed, observe temperature or light levels by taking input signals.

Some of these pins have even more special functionalities giving the Arduino the ability to talk to other Arduinos or connect to the Internet or bluetooth using additional pieces of electronics usually referred to as peripherals...