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Sylvia's Super-Awesome Project Book: Super-Simple Arduino (Volume 2) Paperback – November 20, 2014
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"What a refreshing and original book! Sylvia's Super-Awesome Project Book: Super-Simple Arduino by Super-Awesome Sylvia is packed with whimsy, energy, and tons of practical "hands-on" activities to get kids excited about microcontroller engineering, science and programming. This is also a great book for parents and teachers who should be joining their kids at the "maker table!" Bravo, Sylvia! Super-awesome!!"
- Peter H. Reynolds, NY Times Bestselling author & illustrator, The Dot, Ish, The Judy Moody series
"Sylvia's super awesome explanations and illustrations illuminate the often intimidating introduction to Arduino. Easy to read, clear, and funny, this book has everything a kid (even a big one) needs to get started tinkering and coding their own projects with confidence." - Pat Yongpradit, Director of Education, Code.org
About the Author
Millions of views later, Sylvia has covered everything from hobby rocketry, to sewable soft circuits. The show has garnered attention from parents and educators the world over. Learners of all ages report that the show gets students them in making things and learning something along the way. She is a girl scout and has three younger siblings.
Sylvia has been profiled on network news, People Magazine, and in the New York Times.
In 2014, Sylvia became an author by launching a series of full-color children's books, "Sylvia's Super-Awesome Project Books," published by Constructing Modern Knowledge Press.
Top Customer Reviews
About getting the required software up and running. P. 4: "If you are using Windows, make sure the Arduino driver installation is successful before continuing." Uh, how would I know that, Sylvie? "Sometimes it' a real pain to get your Arduino board to talk to your computer, but once things are worked out, they'll live happily ever after." Uh, no. I've had this a few months, and it just stops working, but a reinstall of the Arduino software fixes it. This is frustrating even for an experienced adult, and crushing for an enthusiastic child to pull it from the closet and need a reinstall first.
About not frying LEDs by using outside of pin 13: p. 9: "Always use an appropriate resistor if lighting an LED from any Arduino pin other than 13." Sylvie, children have not studied electrical science and don't know what qualifies as "appropriate" for a resistor. And if the kit contained one, you haven't even told us how to use it!
Also, descriptions like p.9 "I chose pin 2, 'cause it's the coolest of the analog pins!" is not particularly helpful. A discussion about how to get those tiny wires to stick into the tiny holes in the potentiometer would be actually quite useful.
I'll work with this because I have years of college lab experience, but I wouldn't recommend this for anyone outside of a class or the guidance of someone with circuit experience.
This book does an excellent job in providing basic projects for students to tackle, then once the student has constructed project, provides a detailed examination of the concepts, the code, and the components used. Once basic ideas are understood, Sylvia provides creative and challenging ways to modify or extend the projects.
This is not a step-by-step recipe book where all projects end up the same, but a project book that provides starting points and information to learn the basics with challenges and ideas to push beyond the ordinary.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
My girls, ages 8 and 10, plus their Girl Scout troops (I'm their leader for both) LOVE this book!Published 12 months ago by Amy
Didn't realise the activities require equipment needing to be obtained form the Sylvia company - not easy for overseas buyersPublished 12 months ago by Alice
This is an excellent book for it's target audience. I would recommend it to anyone who has little to no programming experience but wants to get started making Arduino projects. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Dale Rooney
What a great book! This is a fantastic read and very approachable for children. My 8 yr old daughter picked it up and could not put it down. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Ray Gombos
My daughter loves it. She reads it, can't wait to do projects with me, wants to share with everyone what she did. That is more than I expected. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Amazon Customer