My first Arduino

Anna loves the ArduinoA few weeks ago I ordered my first Arduino as part of the SparkFun Inventor’s Kit. I bought direct from SparkFun without realizing that it was the same price on Amazon but with free shipping. Bummer, but I’ve moved on with my life.¬†Anyways, it arrived today and I got to spend an hour or two playing with it. Oh man is it fun! The kit came with a few basic tutorials to get you up to speed with basic circuits (already had this covered) and the Sketch programming language (which is basically a version of C/C++), along with a small breadboard and a bunch of electronic components.

I ran through the first few example circuits and got to one that played a little tune using a piezo element (a little speaker). Anna really liked it, and I showed her how to hit the reset button on the Arduino to make it play the song again. I decided to make it more fun for her, so I added a few LEDs that alternate between yellow and red with each note, a push button to reset the song (so she doesn’t have to wait for the Arduino to reset), and eventually a second button to play a different song. She had a blast hitting one button for Baa Baa Black Sheep and another for Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, both of which she has been singing nearly non-stop all week. I’m really excited to make a bunch of little electronic toys for her! I hope to make some worth packaging up as kits and selling on SproutBoard, but those projects will have to wait until we make a little bit of money off of the main product line.

In the meantime, maybe you’ll enjoy a video of Anna enjoying my Arduino:

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