Engineering project at school

Hi, we're planning to create a card sorter and need some help when dealing with color sensors. We have a light to voltage color sensor and setting that up is confusing. My group thinks that using an AnalogInOutSerial program or similar would give the best data for reading cards but were stuck at this so far... also we plan to connect a small motor to the arduino board. Is it possible to increase the volts of an arduino board to go beyond 5 volts?

"Is it possible to increase the volts of an arduino board to go beyond 5 volts?"
Nope. Get yourself a Voltage Boost regulator

Or a higher voltage source and a 5V regulator.

"light to voltage color sensor and setting that up is confusing"
Same here, as you've not provided any details :wink:

Sorry on the sensor part, we’re using a TCS3104 Taos Color sensor. RGB represents the 3 colors it picks up, yellow is volts, black is ground, orange is gain. We know where volts and ground go but is there a specic spot that the colors and gain would go? as would the colors be connected to an analog slot?

togstem12:
we plan to connect a small motor to the arduino board. Is it possible to increase the volts of an arduino board to go beyond 5 volts?

You won't drive the motor directly from the Arduino, you need to provide a driver (amplifier) circuit. There are standard and easily available drivers to go between the Arduino and your motor, for example you can use a motor driver shield. The driver would be controlled by a signal from the Arduino but would have a separate input providing the power for the motor.

This one?
http://www.taosinc.com/ProductDetails.aspx?id=132
You connect the 3 color outputs to analog inputs.
You drive the Gain signal Hi for less sensitivity, or Low for more sensitivity, effectively.

togstem12:
Sorry on the sensor part, we're using a TCS3104 Taos Color sensor. RGB represents the 3 colors it picks up, yellow is volts, black is ground, orange is gain. We know where volts and ground go but is there a specic spot that the colors and gain would go? as would the colors be connected to an analog slot?

Looking at the data sheet available here:
http://www.taosinc.com/ProductDetails.aspx?id=132

I see a 6 pin chip where 3 of the pins give intensity each of red, green and blue. Whatever you have must have extra circuitry.

Perhaps you should get a power supply (probably 5V but check the docs that came with your device, the chip is made for 4.5V-5.5V) and a multimeter then connect black to ground, yellow to power and read orange to ground with your meter while shining colored led light on the sensor.

Better yet, get the chip out (or buy just the chip) and onto a breadboard, power it up and read the output pins separately. Mouser has them for under $2 in singles but with shipping you don't want to buy just that.