Arduino Starter Kit - English Official Kit With 170 Page Book - K000007
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- Parts and instructions are included for 15 projects involving a DC motor, servo motor, tilt sensor, LEDs and other basic electronic components.
- Projects you can make:
- Light the RAM in - create a musical Instrument you play by waving your hands
- Knock lock - tap out the Secret code to open the door
- Digital hourglass - a light-up hourglass that can stop you from working too much
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The Arduino Starter kit provides an open-source electronics prototyping platform based on flexible, easy-to-use hardware and software. It contains all of the essential components required to start programming with the Arduino uno board, and a guidebook featuring 15 different projects, which are designed to evolve the user from Beginner to professional level.
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I'm 35, but I wish I had this at one or both of two times in my life:
- growing up
- when I was getting my EE degree
This set does a great job at introducing everything you need for an introduction to electrical components and programming. This isn't certain to put you or your kid on a path to a high earning job as an electrical engineer, but it's more likely to do so than a video game.
Instruction booklet is understandable for real humans, but some challenges may be had dealing with versioning of code/firmware/etc. That's actually a good thing because this is what you go through problem solving technical challenges in real life. Excellent problem solving training (psst... use the internet).
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We work about 45 minutes every day on the projects when they get home from school. We do the project with minimal reading, just using pictures and then the next day they re read that project on their own. They are super excited when things work as they should, and they can get lights to flash, motors to turn, and LCD readouts to say what they are supposed to. I bought the power adapters also because they all use the same computer, so only one person would have power at any given time because the USB powers them.
I do have to hear about how some of the things would get built in Minecraft, but my goal is to lessen the amount of time playing Minecraft by looking for better activities for them. Everyone is impressed when the kids can explain why it's important to know the difference between anode and cathode, and how to read the rings on a resistor and what it means. They can also recognize parallel and serial circuits. (I had to explain how a light in the living room can be controlled by 2 different switches).
Truly awesome, and much easier than trying to piece meal parts together from scratch. They now watch videos of other [more advanced] Arduino projects and dream of getting more shields and the things that they can do with them.
The projects get more challenging as you go along in the book and we haven't gotten to any that aren't attainable with a little help from me.
I can not recommend this product highly enough for 'starting from scratch' Arduino users of all ages.
If I had it to do again, now that I know more, I wouldn't have bought this kit. This price is a bit high for what you get, but it did come with enough to get a running start at my ultimate goal of building robots. I bought this kit, knowing next to nothing about electronics circuits and only a little Java in my programming background, on May 18th and by the first week of June I had begun building my first object avoidance robot.
The kit is a good place to start, but the reason I say I wouldn't have bought this is, if you do enough research first, you can get one of the cheaper kits or even the Arduino board by itself and some jumpers, caps and resistor sets, along with a few other electronics parts and spend much less than you will buying this kit. The book was nice, but all the tutorials you find in it can be found on the internet for free.
To conclude: buy this if you don't have any idea what you would need to get started (and maybe if you have no background at all in programming, because the book does an okay job of explaining very simple code) and it will give you a basic supply of components and a book and board to get you going; however, due to the nature of the beast, it will force you to do a lot more studying than the book can provide if you plan on doing anything more than blinking an LED or making a servo respond to a (extremely cheap!) potentiometer. Most of your study is going to be free online anyway.