The 2012 Maker Faire and an article on Popular Science about 12 year old entrepreneur Quin Etnyre sparked my son’s interest in making. So certainly the big highlight of the day was meeting Quin himself in person who was generous with his time and goodies. Be sure to check out his company website qtechknow.com for his kid friendly Arduino products.
The second highlight was the encounter with Spark Core team at their booth. They were so super awesome in recognizing my son from his last video and showered him with praises, encouragement and goodies (even a new Spark Core!). Plus he got to meet their CEO Zach Supalla who was really nice to offer encouragement and support. Thanks guys – we promise to make some cool projects with the 2 Spark Cores soon.
A few other kits that he was really interested in were:
Except the Phoenard all the others look like good kits for young kids to get started, though he said the Phoneard was the coolest thing he saw at the show. The best part was seeing exhibits from many young makers including these 12 year olds:
The robot kit shown here is the Redbot from Sparkfun. It is a good quality, easy to setup kit to get started with Arduino robotics. There are several other Arduino robot kits as well such as the BOE Robotics Shield Kit.
Arduino programming language is based on c/c++. So if you are familiar with basic programming then you should be able to get started easily using the Arduino IDE. Even folks completely new to programming should be able to get started easily referring to the Arduino website.
Arduino is an open source hardware and software platform that is low cost and easy to get kids started on. The Arduino UNO is a good board to start.
The kit shown in this video is the Arduino Uno Ultimate Starter Kit. This kit comes with Arduino Uno and a whole bunch of components including LEDs, resistors, motors, transistors, buttons, wires, relay and more. A great low cost kit to get started on many easy projects.