Guidance on how to give away some Arduino Kits

Hi Everyone,

I need some help on giving away some Arduino/YourDuino kits. They are like this:

The How-To for these is HERE

I've realized, yet again, that there is a lotta stuff I need to Pay Forward. I have a page that sorta explains this:


I want to send these to some young person, maybe you, who wants to learn about Arduino and maybe isn't sure where to start. And if you DO know some Arduino and know some kid who would benefit from being able to learn with his/her own stuff to start, let me know.

I'd like to give away about 10 of these a month. Any other ideas you may have I would like to hear about..

Hi Terry,
Have you thought about contacting Massimo and asking him about the charity initiatives they have running?

Sorry Terry but the kids here don't want anything brains-harder than watching TV.

I think that you might aim for college kids or the brightest of a high school on a teacher's recommendation.

Education has been dumbed down terribly since my day, well after yours and we were a minority then.

You might ask on They sponsor contests, but they're not specifically you competitor...

There's also an arduino "teachers" mailing list. I'd bet you could find one school a month that would live to have all ten...

Thanks for the ideas! I'll check with Massimo.

Age of kids is an interesting question; I am biased right now to younger. That's me thinking about when people had a lot of effect on me..

Also I am working on a new kit specifically for younger people. A not-ready-for-prime-time look HERE Any comments of suggestions appreciated


There's also an arduino "teachers" mailing list.

Can anyone point to this; didn't find it under the GooglePile yet..

Hi, Terry.

See my post under local groups. The group I mentioned there may have some ideas for some of the kids in their territory.


Teacher's mailing list is mentioned

Teaching with and about Arduino
If you are interested in discussing issues related to using Arduino in education, please subscribe to the “Teachers” mailing list: Redirecting to Google Groups.

This list is open to anyone interested in this topic, not just to professional educators

Is there any private schools in your area? Someone donated some guitars to my nephews school, so they adapted to include music lessons.

I have given Arduino kits to college students who displayed interest in continuing to use them at home. Of the half dozen I've distributed, only one has yet to see use.

I have asked to join the Teacher's list. Waiting for response...

I think I'll be contacting the MakerSpaces in Vermont/ New Hampshire..

I will be doing some electricity/electronics/Arduino/Science stuff with a local 5th grade soon and we'll see where that goes...

*ChrisTenone .. I hear that and am trying to set up more pull than push...

An online book like the Yourduino Wiki only aimed at smart 5th to 8th graders (with a teachers section?) would be a plus.

I was well into my 20's when the cheap 6502 computers got out. If I had had something like that from 5th grade on it would have been great! Arduino connected to a modern PC, total science fiction!

Sssmoke.. I still have the 6502 based system I wirewrapped in 1974. The first processor I understood. I called up MOS Technology and actually talked to Chuck Peddle about teaching this stuff at SUNY where I was part-time. He said they wanted to make some "KIM" board for Education, but it was a year away. The $25 6502 I got did not have the Rotate Right instruction but they said "You can rotate left 8-n".. My son and I typed in Tom Pittman's Tiny BASIC and saved it on a cassette using my ham radio "Terminal Unit". Eventually I got a floppy controller wirewrapped and two 8 inch drives, and UCSD Pascal.

Another Old Guy Story... :slight_smile:

Take a look at the kit I'm working on HERE. Maybe the KIM for Atmega328 now that I think about it. (I am really looking feedback on that, guys!). I will have few Beta versions of that kit soon if you are willing to do a detailed critique. Let me know.

And yes, there needs to be a printable version of the 'lessons' for that kit.. As much as I don't like the "workbook" idea, something like that is needed for multiple kids in a room with no computers connected to the Arduinos, just 9V wallwart or 6AA battery holder.

Any comments, suggestions welcome!

The kit looks great.

I can think of a couple of extra bits, both needing to be at the ends of wires (to get off the shield).

-- a linear Hall sensor on a 'wand' (to know where the pointing axis is) to probe magnetic fields. Wave the wand a bit and see the invisible, sort of.

-- an IR led and detector that can be set up across a gap (time a pendulum) or as IR-reflect. For some physics/mechanics (collisions/linear speed) more than one pair would be desirable.

You might end up with addons, maybe a lab kit.

On mentoring kids; with the trouble-maker rumor starters around now, I won't let myself talk to any kid without two reliable non-a-hole adults right there and still I'd be at risk. I've been helping one friend raise her granddaughter for the last 13 years and some of that family plays "I dunno about HIM." on a regular basis even though I have deliberately never been around the girl alone and keep a distance. The relatives don't care, they're rarely around and don't know me but they have that "less I see is more I KNOW" mentality -- base Trump supporters that voice supremacist bigotry regularly and think it shows they're smart.

If I didn't care for my friend, I'd have nothing to do with her or the girl. Now multiply that by America and you see why I'm not out mentoring kids. Maybe it's different where you are but this is a RED state.

Hi Everyone,
OK.. comments and suggestions on The Kit welcome (Appreciated, actually).. Always more good ideas out here..

see the invisible, sort of.

I LIKE that concept.. The whole idea of the things that are so much bigger or smaller than us Humans, or faster or slower than we are, is a great basic Science perspective and I hope to help kids think about that. Arduino can't easily become a telescope or microscope, but it can help with the time domain perspective.

?? How long does it take for this ruler to fall to the desk?

??What was the temperature in our classroom and outside last night while we were sleeping, and how about over the weekend?

Years ago a friend of mine at IBM made a thing with some kids where you could drop a piece of 2x4 wood down a drainpipe, and the IBM AT (With our parallel port software) would tell you how long it was. So your light-beam sensor idea is great; I'll work on that. A similar cool thing for kids is a "reaction time tester"..

The fact that a "light beam" may be "invisible" is cool in itself.

And Magnetism is Invisible
And Electricity is Invisible
and Code is invisible...

Other: I have done the fingerprints/background check thing for the local schools.. I'm sure my fingerprints are "in some little folder in Washington" (As Arlo Guthrie said..) back from when I had an explosives license in New York..

I have 14 Grandchildren and I'll be damned if I'll withdraw from them if they're affectionate! The World may be getting Stupider but we don't have to go along...

The linear Hall would allow things like looking for EMF, testing coils, mapping magnet fields (by multiple students at the same time) and if you put one in a field and wave metal close, see the effect -- make a fan blade counter. It might even show a cap sensor (they can make their own from wire/foil) in action and maybe something about coupling with a person's field.

How many things can you make from wire and scrap that use fields? With cap sense you can probe electrical fields using tools made from wire and scrap. Perhaps show how-to with one and see what the users come up with.

On youtube there is Arvind Gupta's channel with "toys from trash" that all demonstrate principles of science.
Here is his site: Toys from Trash

"The best thing a child can do with a toy is break it !"

Could you send him a kit or two? You might get a cooperation thing going or at least have a link for students.

Hi, good ideas...

Could you send him a kit or two?

I have contacted the group involved with this and offered some donation.. WHAT an amazing bunch of ideas there!

I like the idea of adding experiments and capabilities to Arduino using readily available materials. Any suggestions along that line would be appreciated. I'm reading the Gupta materials. Wow.. Makes me feel like I haven't done much....

Hi Terry-

What is the process for claiming/requesting a kit to be given? (just ask? a form somewhere?)

I have a neighbor who's son (2 of them actually) just wrapped up their first STEM (robotics) class.. and just beginning his path toward Arduino/embedded electronics.

I believe they are 13 & 12? (good kids by the way!...and I dont say that lightly) :slight_smile:

I cant think of a better way to keep the motivated!!

Let me know (or PM me) with any details you may need.

-xl (Jerry)

Hi Jerry,

What is the process for claiming/requesting a kit to be given?

Good question! Here's what should work:
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  1. So that I have correct shipping address, sign up for an account on my site HERE (NO! Obligation)

  2. Email me: and tell me the username you picked. Also tell me a little about the suggested recipient and the situation. Tell me if she/he has a project going, and any other specific stuff they may need.

  3. I will put this in my regular system and depending on requests it can go out quickly
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If it's outside the US I can still do it; "may take longer coming from China" as the refrain goes...

Mainly this kit, but talk to me...

Regards, Terry

I believe they are 13 & 12? (good kids by the way!...and I don't say that lightly)

Maybe talk to parents about what's best here. Hmmmm.

Cooperation might be good, BUT maybe setting up possible brotherly competition might be not so good. See what you can figure out.

Done & done!

Account created, email sent without all background info.. and some suggested projects.

To me.. the topic or goal is what will keep kids interested..

I'm hoping to think of some more 'spy/secret agent' themed projects to keep the motivated!