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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

Automation? What's that?

You may have come across the word before, but what does it really mean?

According to the dictionary, automation is defined as:

The technique, method, or system of operating or controlling a process by highly automatic means

What this implies, is that a process or a device working by itself, with little or no human control is automation.

In this chapter, we will create a project that will help you understand this concept. We will be creating a Smart lighting system, which will turn on a light only when it is dark outside. Its smart, because it can do this without any human intervention, and hence is automatic!

Let's put together a problem statement for this project.

Problem Statement: Automating light depending on amount of ambient light.

Solution: A device that can sense the world around it using a light sensor, and depending on the amount of light, turn on, or off a light.