Finding my creative spark

When I was a kid I got an electronics kit for Christmas or a birthday present. It came with a whole bunch of components on a board, and you used wires to connect them up to make various circuits. Well, I recently bought the modern version of this kit – an Arduino board. According to their website, “Arduino is an open-source electronics prototyping platform based on flexible, easy-to-use hardware and software.” You buy the board and some electronic components, download the software, program the circuit, and upload it to the Arduino.

I’m very much still at the learning stage with it. The kit I bought is the SparkFun Inventor’s Kit, which comes with the components you need to build some basic circuits which teach you about the basic principles of circuits. So far I’ve managed to get some LEDs to flash, a servomotor to spin, and used a photocell to change the brightness of an LED.

All hooked up

All hooked up

At this stage I’m not exactly sure where this will take me. There are a whole bunch of cool sensors and components that you can buy for the Arduino which let you create some amazing projects. A couple of examples that I found are a reverse geocache, and The Inebriator. Both of these are well outside my skill level at the moment, but hopefully I’ll be able to come up with something cool. There’s a few boxes of Lego at Mum and Dad’s that could be useful. Hmmm …


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About Andrew

I'm a health librarian in Sydney, Australia, who also happens to be a geocacher.

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