Arduino for Teens by Kathleen M. Patterson, Robert M. Patterson


Arduino for Teens by Kathleen M. Patterson, Robert M. Patterson

Are you interested in building an interactive toy, automated artwork, or robot and have no idea where to start? Or do you want to control a holiday light display? Are you new to microcontrollers or electronics in general? These projects are made from smaller, simpler pieces like those presented here. Your imagination is the only limit once you have gained experience with your Arduino, sensors, and motors. Designed for students, artists, and other nonengineers, the Arduino provides an inexpensive, beginner-friendly microcontroller platform. This book will help you translate your idea into a successful project using the Arduino for control. Written especially for new users, ARDUINO FOR TEENS shows you how to put this capable little microcontroller to work! This book will open up the world of automation to you in new and exciting ways as you explore the Arduino's capabilities. Step-by-step, you'll be guided through: understanding your new Arduino and its capabilities, converting your idea into an achievable Arduino project, connecting your Arduino to the outside world using example circuits, using the Integrated Development Environment (IDE) to write and download programs, writing software to control your project using example programs, debugging your project and making it work, and selecting your next (or first) project.


Introduction. 1. Meet the Family. 2. The Tools of the Trade. 3. From Idea to Project. 4. A Guided Tour of Your New Arduino. 5.To Cookbook or Not to Cookbook. 6.How to Read Specification Sheets. 7. Input and Output. 8.Programming Environments. 9.Writing the Code. 10.Downloading Your Program. 11. Debugging. 12.Bragging Rights and Pleas for Help. 13. Expanding Your Horizons with Shields. 14. Application Ideas. Appendix A - Programming Reference. Appendix B - Where to Buy. Appendix C - Project Ideas. Appendix D - Specification Sheet.

About the Author

Kathleen M. Patterson graduated from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1986 and from Worcester Polytechnic Institute in 1994. After graduation from Rensselaer, she started in the defense industry. Kathy moved on to the commercial world to design telecommunications and networking equipment. In her spare time, she works with middle school students to build robots. Robert W. Patterson graduated from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1985. After graduation, he designed and built complex circuit cards for the defense industry. Later, Robert advanced into systems design and troubleshooting. In 2010 he discovered the Arduino world and became an active member of the forum. He also designed his own version of the Arduino, the Robertuino, or Bobuino to its friends.

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304 pages


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Publication date

1st November 2013



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