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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

Let's get to work!

You know the drill, let's begin by making a High-Level block diagram of this project. It is shown in the following diagram:

Let's now outline how this will all work together. When your toy senses someone in front of it, a smile made of LED's lights up, and when it doesn't sense anything, its LED smile goes away.

We will be using conditional statements again and the flow chart is as follows:

According to our flow chart, the sensor will constantly check if someone is close. If there is nothing in front of the sensor, the Arduino will make sure the LED's are off, and continue checking the proximity sensor. When an object is in front of the sensor, the LED's will light up.