This is what initiated my exploration with Arduino. I wanted a tool for students to be able to hack, tinker and engineer. In addition, I wanted something that they could keep and continue to learn beyond the summer camp. With the -25 temperatures, it is hard to think that summer will be here soon. My goal this summer is to provide a beginner's camp on Arduino for 5th and 6th grade students. When the camp is over, these students will be able to keep the Arduino and some other supplies to continue their learning.
My Initial Supplies
As I mentioned, I am a complete beginner and have no prior experience with programming using any kind of computer language.
My class did use Scratch in the fall during the Hour of Code. I was able to get Sprites to move around, talk, disappear and reappear. However, that is about as extensive as it gets with programming for me.
While I waited for my kit to arrive, I read atutorial that I found linked fromAdruino's Website. As I was reading through it, I used Autodesk's web app called 123D Circuits. This resource allows you to virtually create circuits using an Arduino Uno and other electronic components. Below is a video about my learning so far.