Arduino for Kids

A cool guide to help kids develop robots and electronics

Arduino for Kids

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Priya Kuber, Rishi Gaurav Bhatnagar, Vijay Varada

A cool guide to help kids develop robots and electronics
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Book Details

ISBN 139781785884818
Paperback218 pages

Book Description

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

Chapter 1: The World around Us
Solving problems - the best way out
The beauty of taking notes
The human body
Summary
Chapter 2: Systems and Logic
What is a system?
What is code?
What is an algorithm?
Logic
What language does your Arduino Understand?
The Arduino IDE
Summary
Chapter 3: Components and Connections
Exploring electricity
Understanding Series and Parallel connections
What are sensors?
Physics behind sensors
Exploring common sensors
Making your own sensor!
Summary
Chapter 4: The Magic Wand
Demystifying microcontroller
Coding the microcontroller - the process
Power supply
Let's use the IDE
Inside the working of a microcontroller
Open-source hardware and software
Summary
Chapter 5: Hello World!
Hey Arduino! Let's get to work
Get the LEDs working
Testing an external influence on LEDs - pushbutton switch
Hi Computer, I’m Arduino! - Using serial communication to make your Arduino talk
Light sensitivity sensor - LDR
Summary
Chapter 6: Safety Box
Don't touch my stuff!
What you will need
Let's get to work!
I/O pins
It's all about the logic
This is key!
The working
Make some noise!
The safe
Summary
Chapter 7: Make a Friend
Giving life to your toys
Psst...come closer...
Let's get to work!
Digging deep into Arduino libraries
Getting familiar with the sensor
Say hello to my little friend!
Summary
Chapter 8: Save Energy
Automation? What's that?
Detecting light
Let's get to work!
Reading analog data
Wait, we need voltage!
Let there be light!
The hut that comes to life at night!
Summary
Chapter 9: High 5!
You deserve a high 5!
What you will need
Motors and movement
Let's get to work!
High five!
Summary
Chapter 10: Plant, Meet Arduino!
Making your plants talk
What you will need
I'm thirsty!
Measuring the conductivity of soil
Summary

What You Will Learn

  • Write simple programs using variables, functions, loops, arrays, and libraries
  • Set up the Arduino and understand its internal functioning
  • Get to grips with connections in electronics and arrive at ways to connect various components yourself
  • Delve into various sensors and their selection and build your own sensor
  • Unravel the concept of resistors and capacitors along with understanding the physics of electronics
  • Become an inventor through interactive exercises (such as making a friend happy with a proximity sensor, and giving "life" to a plant)

Authors

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: The World around Us
Solving problems - the best way out
The beauty of taking notes
The human body
Summary
Chapter 2: Systems and Logic
What is a system?
What is code?
What is an algorithm?
Logic
What language does your Arduino Understand?
The Arduino IDE
Summary
Chapter 3: Components and Connections
Exploring electricity
Understanding Series and Parallel connections
What are sensors?
Physics behind sensors
Exploring common sensors
Making your own sensor!
Summary
Chapter 4: The Magic Wand
Demystifying microcontroller
Coding the microcontroller - the process
Power supply
Let's use the IDE
Inside the working of a microcontroller
Open-source hardware and software
Summary
Chapter 5: Hello World!
Hey Arduino! Let's get to work
Get the LEDs working
Testing an external influence on LEDs - pushbutton switch
Hi Computer, I’m Arduino! - Using serial communication to make your Arduino talk
Light sensitivity sensor - LDR
Summary
Chapter 6: Safety Box
Don't touch my stuff!
What you will need
Let's get to work!
I/O pins
It's all about the logic
This is key!
The working
Make some noise!
The safe
Summary
Chapter 7: Make a Friend
Giving life to your toys
Psst...come closer...
Let's get to work!
Digging deep into Arduino libraries
Getting familiar with the sensor
Say hello to my little friend!
Summary
Chapter 8: Save Energy
Automation? What's that?
Detecting light
Let's get to work!
Reading analog data
Wait, we need voltage!
Let there be light!
The hut that comes to life at night!
Summary
Chapter 9: High 5!
You deserve a high 5!
What you will need
Motors and movement
Let's get to work!
High five!
Summary
Chapter 10: Plant, Meet Arduino!
Making your plants talk
What you will need
I'm thirsty!
Measuring the conductivity of soil
Summary

Book Details

ISBN 139781785884818
Paperback218 pages
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