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Arduino Starter Kit - English Official Kit With 170 Page Book - K000007
- Parts and instructions are included for 15 projects involving a DC motor, servo motor, tilt sensor, LEDs and other basic electronic components.
- Projects you can make:
- Light the RAM in - create a musical Instrument you play by waving your hands
- Knock lock - tap out the Secret code to open the door
- Digital hourglass - a light-up hourglass that can stop you from working too much
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The Arduino Starter kit provides an open-source electronics prototyping platform based on flexible, easy-to-use hardware and software. It contains all of the essential components required to start programming with the Arduino uno board, and a guidebook featuring 15 different projects, which are designed to evolve the user from Beginner to professional level.
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It's a little daunting to open up some of the boxes in the kit, especially the jumble of electronic components packed in the mylar bag, containing resistors, switches and who knows what else, but really, once you understand how things are organized it's not that bad. As mentioned the book layout could use some work, because grey-on-white is not the best colour scheme for print instructions. Other than that, no real issues. Set-up of the Arduino Uno and breadboard was pretty simple, but I don't understand why they couldn't include the 3 screws required to attach the Arduino to the base. I ended up scavenging some small screws from a disused guitar pedal to do the job.
The projects are well presented, but not overly well explained. You really do have to study the diagrams to get the wires and switches in the right places, but then I guess the point is to make you think when things don't work, instead of holding your hand all the way. One strange thing is the colours of the wires. Not enough long red jumpers and no black or brown long enough to use as grounds, but with a little thought you can come up with your own colour coding system.
All in all I'm happy with this purchase and see it as a good introduction into the world of electronics.
I finished the first 3 projects before writing this review. My impression is that the book is intended for someone with a very brief understanding of electronics (middle school or high school students). It tries to avoid jargons and explain how electricity works with simple language (although sometimes at the cost of scientific precision), and it is actually quite easy to follow along. The arduino IDE is also very straightforward to use. Overall, the learning experience is great.
However, I still have to take one star off, because of design of the book.
First off, the text is TOO SMALL. But it is not due to the lack of space; There are a lot of unnecessary blank page margins and space between texts. Secondly, a lot of text in the book was printed with very low contrast against the background. For example, the index page was printed in reflective golden typefont, on a yellow background! Reading it under a desktop lamp at night is nightmare. I mean seriously, I'd rather the book was printed in black and white and normal sized font! Or better yet, how about not ship the book at all, but instead give me a digital copy.
Conclusion: this is a very good starter kit for the price. I am happy with the purchase. However, I strongly suggest they revamp the book design.
I would strongly recommend this kit to anyone interested in getting their feet wet in electronics, but to be on the safe side, make sure you go through all of the components as soon as your order arrives to see if there are any problems. I did not have the foresight to do this, so now I'm stuck without the resistors I need and I have to buy them from somewhere else.
The only con is that it would be nice if it included a physical plastic container with divides to store all the components, like I have seen with other kits.
Can't wait to work on the projects later in the book!
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