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Teach a 10-Year-Old to use Arduino

The Arduino Project Handbook is a beginner-friendly collection of electronics projects using the low-cost Arduino board. With just a handful of components, an ­Arduino, and a computer, you'll learn to build and program everything from light shows to arcade games to an ultrasonic security system.

First you'll get set up with an introduction to the Arduino and valuable advice on tools and components. Then you can work through the book in order or just jump to projects that catch your eye. Each project includes simple instructions, colorful photos and ­circuit diagrams, and all necessary code.

Arduino Project Handbook is a fast and fun way to get started with micro­controllers that's perfect for beginners, hobbyists, parents, and educators.

Author Mark Geddes is a lifelong tinkerer and gadget enthusiast. Frustrated with the lack of practical, visual guides to help him teach his 10-year-old how to build with Arduino, he set out to record his own experiments, and Arduino Project Handbook is the result. Geddes has a bachelor's degree from Edinburgh College of Art. He lives in Dumfries, Scotland.

Table of contents:

  • Introduction
    • Project 0: Getting Started
  • PART I: LEDs
    • Project 1: Pushbutton-Controlled LED
    • Project 2: Light Dimmer
    • Project 3: Bar Graph
    • Project 4: Disco Strobe Light
    • Project 5: Plant Monitor
    • Project 6: Ghost Detector
  • PART II: Sound
    • Project 7: Arduino Melody
    • Project 8: Memory Game
    • Project 9: Secret Knock Lock
  • PART III: Servos
    • Project 10: Joystick-Controller Laser
    • Project 11: Remote Control Servo
    • Project 12: LCD Screen Writer
    • Project 13: Weather Station
    • Project 14: Fortune Teller
    • Project 15: Reaction Timer Game
  • PART V: Numeric Counters
    • Project 16: Electronic Die
    • Project 17: Rocket Launcher
  • PART VI: Security
    • Project 18: Intruder Sensor
    • Project 19: Laser Trip Wire Alarm
    • Project 20: Sentry Gun
    • Project 21: Motion Sensor Alarm
    • Project 22: Keypad Entry System
    • Project 23: Wireless ID Card Entry System
  • PART V: Advanced
    • Project 24: Rainbow Light Show
    • Project 25: Build Your Own Arduino!
  • Appendix A: Components
  • Appendix B: Arduino Pin Reference
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