In recent years, the Arduino microcontroller has almost single-handedly popularized hacking electronics as a mainstream hobby. This computer board allows owners to plug in any number of components, and control them with code.
Interested? Here’s a perfect starting point: the Complete Arduino Starter Kit & Course Bundle. This handy kit includes your own Arduino to tinker with, as well as three video tutorials spanning 25 hours.
This ARDX kit offers the Arduino UNO R3 board and a user’s handbook, along with components to build 13 different circuits. These are not the simple battery-and-light projects you crafted in grade school—you’ll learn to integrate resistors, capacitors, jumper wires, sensors, and even a motor. Each circuit comes with a layout and instructions to follow. There is plenty to keep you occupied for hours, and you’ll soon become comfortable experimenting with the Arduino on your own.
You can also take your education up a notch with the three courses included in this kit. The first is Your Guide to the Internet of Things, a 19-hour course that covers pretty much everything to do with connected devices. Make Your Own Environment Monitor System shows you how to put these skills into practice. And you can work through Make a Remote-Controlled Car to create your own tiny vehicle.
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