Beginner Kit Advice

Hi All,

I have just registered on this forum for the first time, I hope I am posting to the correct area, if I am not then I apologize.

I am new to physical computing and I am really keen to get into producing my own hardware projects, however have never soldered in my life and I do not know anything about electronics, I am a quick learner and don't mind putting in the effort to learn.

As I am totally new to this subject I wanted to get something that will teach me the basics of electronics and also the programming language for the Arduino, I saw the Arduino Starter Kit (http://arduino.cc/en/Main/ArduinoStarterKit) on this website, but I wanted to know if this kit really is for absolute beginners like myself, has anyone used this kit?, does anyone know if this kit is the right one for me?

Thanks all

Daz

Hi Daz,

I started just over a year ago with the starter kit that they provide here and was an absolute beginner just as yourself. I went in to this with only the knowledge of my freshman year physics class. The kit provides you with all of the basic electronic components, an Arduino UNO and even a book. Their book has great illustrations, which as a visual learner, were great! Though, if you get this kit you will no doubt be looking some things up on the internet, in fact it's guaranteed. As a beginner, I found the electronic component overviews by Makezine's Collin Cunningham to be very helpful. They're about as beginner as you can get. Here is one on Transistors:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-td7YT-Pums

Everytime the book introduces you to a new component, you should watch mazezine's description of the specific component as you do the project, to help reinforce your newly learned information.

And because Arduino's are project based, the only way you will improve is by doing lots and lots of projects! this book I found to be pretty useful.

http://www.amazon.com/Getting-Started-Arduino-Make-Projects/dp/B008SMKPW0

Also, I would take the effort to make this led resistor calculator from EvilMadScientist.com: http://www.evilmadscientist.com/2009/wallet-size-led-resistance-calculator/ Its great to have a physical calculator around to have in your wallet, never know when it might come in handy! There are also plenty of online calculators a google search a way.

Eventually, once you move past the beginners kit and into creating your own projects, knowing how to solder is a must! Instructables is another great resource for beginners. Bellow is a link to a guide on soldering. http://www.instructables.com/id/Soldering-is-NOT-Rocket-Science/

Hope this helps!

-Gentry

Hey Gentry,

Thank you so much for taking the time to reply to my post! :) .. it is much appreciated and based on what you have told me and shown me, I am going to go ahead and purchase the kit today.

Thanks you so much again, I really do appreciate taking the time to help me out.

Thanks

Darren