Do you want to learn maker skills but are overwhelmed and unsure where to dive in? Have no fear! This book is your introduction to physical computing with the Arduino microcontroller platform!
Start with building simple circuits on a breadboard to setting up the Arduino IDE and downloading and writing sketches to run on the Arduino. Readers will be introduced to basic electronics theory and programming concepts. Throughout the book, debugging practices are highlighted, so novices will know what to do if their circuits or their code don’t work for the current project. After completing the projects in this book, readers will have a solid foundation for building their own Arduino projects.
We like this book for its slow and steady pace, with a lot of images and diagrams that helps those of us who zone out when facing pages of small text.
Written for absolute beginners with no prior knowledge of electronics or programming
Filled with detailed full-color illustrations that make concepts and procedures easy to follow
An accessible introduction to microcontrollers and physical computing
Step-by-step instructions for projects that teach fundamental skills
Includes a variety of Arduino-based projects using digital and analog input and output
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Stop breadboarding and soldering – start making immediately! Adafruit’s Circuit Playground is jam-packed with LEDs, sensors, buttons, alligator clip pads and more. Build projects with Circuit Playground in a few minutes with the drag-and-drop MakeCode programming site, learn computer science using the CS Discoveries class on code.org, jump into CircuitPython to learn Python and hardware together, TinyGO, or even use the Arduino IDE. Circuit Playground Express is the newest and best Circuit Playground board, with support for CircuitPython, MakeCode, and Arduino. It has a powerful processor, 10 NeoPixels, mini speaker, InfraRed receive and transmit, two buttons, a switch, 14 alligator clip pads, and lots of sensors: capacitive touch, IR proximity, temperature, light, motion and sound. A whole wide world of electronics and coding is waiting for you, and it fits in the palm of your hand.
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