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1  Topics / Education and Teaching / Re: Building with My Own Children on: July 20, 2012, 03:00:34 pm
Michael, we will cross that bridge when we come to it. I have to see more of how Arduino works before I fully understand what you are talking about. I haven't bought one yet. I was waiting to see if anyone here would tell me, "Oh no way. You can't do that. They are way too young." or "Nonono--this product is WAY better for kids your age."

The response here has been fabulous. Thanks!
2  Topics / Education and Teaching / Re: Building with My Own Children on: July 20, 2012, 02:49:08 pm
"the only thing to watch out for is not to fall into the stage mother/sports father type trap, where you insist on kids doing things your way, and you expect the kids to live out your dreams."

smiley This is always a trap.

If they don't like it I will do it myself with my partner.

@Michael--cool! You are right--the kids could do more on their own with that. I like Arduino because of the programming part. These seem to be two different skills. But it looks like they are very complementary. Thank you for the suggestion.

"using the concept of electronic bricks, that has a bunch of different sensors, lights, etc. that all use 4 or 3 wire connectors, and makes it easy to attach/remove different things.  The sensor shields (V4 and V5) have similar controls, where you can just plug in a thing that takes ground, vcc, and signal connections."

These sound great. Thanks everyone again.
3  Topics / Education and Teaching / Re: Building with My Own Children on: July 20, 2012, 10:03:24 am
Wonderful! Thank you so much!
4  Topics / Education and Teaching / Building with My Own Children on: July 20, 2012, 01:55:34 am
HI everyone. Thanks for being here for newbs like me. I am the mother of two small kids who are obsessed with, among other things, robots, cars, and computers. They also like dollies.

When I was seven I was given a little computer you could program using text. I think that enabled me to use computers much more fluently later on in life. That said, I haven't learned a computer language since CSS, and I only learned very basic DOS as a child then left it. smiley-red

I would like to take my two small children (one can read, five, the other knows letters, three) through a very, very simple project with Arduino so they can build something. Obviously I'd be doing much of the work, but I want them to see the code, how computers "think".

Other than a list of the simplest projects, can anyone recommend a tutorial for me to use with the kids? The children speak German though I don't, if there is anything geared at them.

I figure, if they can learn to read German they can surely learn a programming language. Thanks in advance for any and all of your tips.
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