My daughter is ten, and is involved in the First Robots Lego league. Do you see the Arduino as the next stepping stone after the Mindstorm kit? Does your book have projects suitable for kids who are just learning?
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I think the Arduino is a good stepping stone. The Arduino IDE hides much of the complexity of connecting to different sensors and objects. The book has a number of projects that could be built by kids just learning.
Cool. I tried to get my kids interested in electronics, but failed big time.
It's great to see how Arduino and related initiatives have revived the electronics hobby. Amazing to see how they gave a boost to the makers movement.
My original education was electronics and although I've kept my knowledge up to date, I haven't experimented with the Arduino kits yet.
The price of the base kits are reasonable. I might jump in - checking out the example chapters of the book.
Chris Gammell of TheAmpHour fame is starting an online course on hardware - conception to build. Although he hasn't revealed what the project will be, I bet my left foot that it will be Arduino related.