Saturday, September 10, 2016

Getting started with Arduino Starter Kit

I have always been fascinated by electronics. Growing up I tried to learn electronics by reading radio repair guides and engineering textbooks in vain. Always got stumped by mathematics and dry tone of the books. The advent of Arduino changed all that. Now it is easier to learn electronics without getting bogged down by technicalities and focus on making something fun!.

The 'Arduino Starter Kit' is suitable for self-learning Arduino with simple fun projects. Lot of attention has given to developing course material and overall ascetic design of this kit. The Starter kit comes full set of high quality electronic components and a 170 page project guide book. The ready to use cardboard cutouts makes it great activity kit that could used by parent and the child.

Arduino Starter Kit components

The project guide book explains all the basic electronic components, their function and use in a simple lucid manager. The quality
of the book and its design is very tasteful. The programming code is explained in full detail. Further online resources are also
provided to aid learning.

Here is complete list of the components that are bundled in the kit.

  • 1 Projects Book
  • 1 Arduino / Genuino Uno
  • 1 USB cable
  • 1 Breadboard 400 points
  • 70 Solid core jumper wires
  • 1 Easy-to-assemble wooden base
  • 1 9v battery snap
  • 1 Stranded jumper wires (black)
  • 1 Stranded jumper wires (red)
  • 6 Phototransistor
  • 3 Potentiometer 10kOhms
  • 10 Pushbuttons
  • 1 Temperature sensor [TMP36]
  • 1 Tilt sensor
  • 1 alphanumeric LCD (16x2 characters)
  • 1 LED (bright white)
  • 1 LED (RGB)
  • 8 LEDs (red)
  • 8 LEDs (green)
  • 8 LEDs (yellow)
  • 3 LEDs (blue)
  • 1 Small DC motor 6/9V
  • 1 Small servo motor
  • 1 Piezo capsule [PKM17EPP-4001-B0]
  • 1 H-bridge motor driver [L293D]
  • 1 Optocouplers [4N35]
  • 2 Mosfet transistors [IRF520]
  • 5 Capacitors 100uF
  • 5 Diodes [1N4007]
  • 3 Transparent gels (red, green, blue)
  • 1 Male pins strip (40x1)
  • 20 Resistors 220 Ohms
  • 5 Resistors 560 Ohms
  • 5 Resistors 1 kOhms
  • 5 Resistors 4.7 kOhms
  • 20 Resistors 10 kOhms
  • 5 Resistors 1 MOhms
  • 5 Resistors 10 MOhms

You will also learn how to program Arduino using Processing programming language. The fun projects: Love-O-meter, Zoetrope, motorized pinwheel helps you build skills gradually. The first simple projects could form the basic model for your more complex electronic projects in the future.

I highly recommend buying the Arduino Starter kit. It is not cheap at USD $99.90.

Keep watching this space for more reviews of Arduino kits and books.


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