3 Simple Arduino Projects for Kids
If you are reading this blog, you probably know what an Arduino is. Even if you don’t, but would like your kids to learn to code, an Arduino kit is definitely something that you should invest in. It’s an electronic board that lets you (and your kids) build your electronics easily without the use of a lot of coding.
Some of the items that you find in almost all Arduino starter kits are:
- An Arduino
- Jumper Wires
And you can use these to build a variety of projects along with your kids. Let’s take a look at some of the most simple ones to help you get your kid started. Please note, some of these projects may need a couple of add-ons, which you can easily buy locally or online.
1. An Alarm System
This is a simple alarm system and it works by detecting movement by making use of a motion sensor. Apart from emitting a high-pitched tone, it also has a visual display made of flashing LED lights.
You’ll need a few add-ons for building this project like an ultrasonic ping sensor, an LED strip light, and a piezo buzzer. You’ll also get to familiarise yourself with the use of NewPing, an Arduino library that helps you to monitor as well as test the sonar distance sensor.
2. A Tiny Weather Display
This is an easy way to keep a track of the weather. It makes use of an Adafruit HUZZAH board that runs on Arduino along with an OLED graphic display. This small display shows today’s as well as tomorrow’s weather.
The Adafruit HUZZAH board comes with Wi-Fi capability and it takes information from DarkSky.net to show the weather. This project requires the use of a PHP script. The script runs on the web server to take data from the website before HUZZAH gets to read it.
3. Traffic Light Controller
This is a very simple project and your kids will love to be a part of it. You’ll need yellow, green, and red LED lights for this purpose. You’ll be making the traffic light on the breadboard and the controller will let you hack the code so that you can adjust the timing, output, or even the sequence of the lights. This is a very simple way of introducing coding to your kids practically and teaching them how to modify the code according to the needs of the project.
Check the web for more detailed instructions to build the above-mentioned projects. There is a lot more than you can do with your Arduino kit. Experiment yourself or browse online for more ideas.