What Is It?
Arduino Is an open source electronics project. It provides a hardware and software ecosystem which are easy to use, even for quite young children, and it provides a cheap and easy entry point for children to learn about coding, programming and building electronics.
Why Is It Useful?
In the modern world, it is important that everyone knows the basics of coding, programming and electronics, even if they don’t intend to pursue this as a career. This is because the majority of jobs, even in the most unlikely of fields, require some knowledge of how technology works, even if it is just so that they can create a webpage or run a social media account. The Arduino project provides a way for children to learn about coding, programming and electronics in a practical and fun way. Being an open source project, it also provides what is probably the cheapest way of doing this. In addition, almost all the components are re-useable (even the wires, which are designed to be easily plugged in and removed again without the need for any cutting or soldering), so once one project has been completed it can be taken apart and the components used over and over again. We like the Arduino project so much that we use it as the basis for a number of our own STEM workshops which we run for primary school children, including ones on an introduction to robots and robotics and an introduction to coding and programming.
What Will You Find On The Site?
The Arduino project home page provides a portal from which you can learn about the Arduino project, its hardware and its software, and where to purchase them. There are also sections which provide tutorials, references, FAQs and a forum. However, probably the most useful section is the playground where you can find out about what other people are doing with Arduino, and about projects which you can do using Arduino.
About The Author: This post was written by Colin Drysdale, the creator of How To Raise A Happy Genius.