Whether you're looking for a set of components to go beyond the basics of Arduino, or you're just looking for some commonly-needed parts to add to your component drawer, this kit has what you need. In it, you'll find everything from common components such as resistors and capacitors to specialized sensors and actuators like force-sensing resistors and motors. Using the components in this kit, along with our best-selling Arduino Cookbook, 2nd Edition (sold separately), you'll have a ready set of skills and parts at your disposal for all kinds of great DIY projects.
This kit has parts for:
Sound-enabled projects, with the included speaker and piezo buzzer
Projects that move on their own; just add one of the motors included with the kit
Circuits that shine brightly and in many colors (using the LEDs from this kit)
Sensitive projects that can react to force, light, temperature, and motion
Not only that, this kit includes a MakerShield, the ultimate prototyping shield for Arduino. Solder it together, piggyback it on top of your Arduino, add the included mini breadboard, and you'll turn your Arduino into a portable prototyping lab.
Arduino is a tool for making computers that can sense and control more of the physical world than your desktop computer. It's an open source physical computing platform based on a simple microcontroller board, and a development environment for writing software for the board.
Arduino can be used to develop interactive objects, taking inputs from a variety of switches or sensors, and controlling a variety of lights, motors, and other physical outputs. Arduino projects can be stand-alone, or they can communicate with software running on your computer, such as Flash, Processing, and MaxMSP. The boards can be purchased preassembled; the open-source IDE can be downloaded for free.
The Arduino programming language is an implementation of Wiring, a similar physical computing platform, which is based on the Processing multimedia programming environment. Arduino is open source!