Elektor’s Arduino-Compatible Experimenting Kit: Totally Educational!

Elektor Arduino Compatible Experiment Kit: Totally Educational!

This week’s Elektor release of an Arduino-compatible test kit once again shows the power of a book and a box of electronic parts and modules combined into a package. The result: great teaching with Arduino theory and closely cohesive practice in over 60 projects.

This week’s Elektor release of an Arduino-compatible test kit once again shows the power of a book and a box of electronic parts and modules combined into a package. The result: great teaching with Arduino theory and closely cohesive practice in over 60 projects.

Start experimenting

No matter how good they are individually, any two or more products that enter into a so-called “bundle” or “package deal” will fail to produce a synergistic effect if they are not closely matched. Sure, there are many suitable combinations based on your Arduino Uno or compatible hardware with 10 or so peripherals thrown on the breadboard. Likewise there are whole books out there detailing the simulated process (!) for DIY projects based on general purpose components of the LDR/potentiometer/motor/LED assembly. However, the book may be as foreign to the group as it is to the other, leaving the user confused by a huge gray area between the two producers.

Not so with Arduino Compatible Test Kit Available now in the Elektor store. This product excels in a convincing, duly considered and tight association of three elements:

  • The educational material contained in the book;
  • hardware in the parts box;
  • A program that has been analyzed in detail and made available free of charge.

Enhanced Guide

The book’s author, Professor Dogan Ibrahim, is known for his succinct and informative writing, as well as for moving step-by-step through a “challenging” connection to circuit diagrams, real components, and devices that are easy to build and use. All of his projects follow a consistent pattern of problem description – h/w and s/w requirements – data sheet analysis – software analysis – hands-on experience – evaluation. Through the comments, we know that the “experimental” element in particular has a highly motivating and challenging effect on the reader. It is known that many of the current contributors to Elektor magazine have been inspired by at least the Ibrahim textbooks published by Elektor.

The book contains the new “Guide” style developed by Elektor, specifically for packaging their products with an educational purpose. Read the exact wording printed on the cover of the book Enhanced Manual by Elektor. Simply put, it means that Elektor has partnered with an experienced (largely) author to improve the (weak) documentation originally published by the group resource, in this case, Makerfabs. Intelligent and efficient at creating kits of electronic parts for budding electronics, these tool makers benefit from properly written and produced “tutorials”, which happen to be Elektor’s fortitude.

Parts Box

The plastic box with a size of 23 x 16 x 6 cm has two tiers. One is a removable tray containing two 7-segment displays, a dot matrix LED display, and a breadboard. Screens are pushed onto pieces of foam plastic to protect their pins. The actual storage space in the box contains the parts and other modules for the experiments described in the book. Most units are securely packaged in an airtight, anti-static bag. Little ones are not like the water sensor, USB cable, Dupont-style jumper cables, and the micro motor. The “Arduino compatible” promised in the package description is usually a blue board “UNO R3”.

Parts are provided in the trial kit
Close-up of LEDs, resistors, buttons, wires, etc. in the kit.

All leaded parts in the kit are contained in one plastic zip bag. This may seem confusing, but the parts can be easily identified with the help of the book as far as their value and class (R, C, LED, diode, etc.) In good engineering practice, the contents of the component box should be checked against the List of Materials (BOM) as posted by Elektor on the web page generated for this package. This is actually a very useful exercise for those who are new to electronics.

Sensors and more
A close-up of the sensors, actuators and displays in the kit.

The quality of the parts and units is impeccable, the box offers ways to keep your desk clean after experiments, as well as your organized and portable electronic gadgets, and – dare we say it – it’s all yours.

the influence

This bundle is great for those who are new to it Arduino, curious about it, and/or relatively new to electronics parts. The software code examples discussed in the book are well explained so they encourage further experimentation rather than demonstrating the author’s programming skills. Thus, every successfully completed project makes you really want to start on the next stage or add your own “spice” in the form of hardware or software accessories. This is an example:

Example of a water tank
An example of a project discussed in the book. This is not just a theory. Both the sensor and
The Arduino Uno compatible board is already in the kit. Run the project
The program is covered in great detail.

Arduino and Snaky Python say together: Get a file Arduino Compatible Experiment Kit over here.


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