It’s no secret that computers are becoming increasingly important in the modern world. As time goes on, more and more people are relying on these machines to get their work done, and jobs of all shapes and sizes are wrapped up with them. Of course, most kids won’t want to learn about the work which can be done on a computer. Instead, if they are going to use them, preparing themselves for the future, it will be crucial that they have the chance to have some fun with them. To help you out with this, this post will be exploring the Internet of Things, and how you can use it to inspire you kids.
Doing It Yourself
With a couple of wire packs, a breadboard, and some components, you can easily start producing your own small electronic devices. They won’t be able to do very much, but they will be fun to make, and give your kids the satisfaction of creating something which has a purpose. As you learn more about the field, you can start looking at more complicated parts, like rocker switches on off on, Arduinos, and even LCD screens. As you start to throw microcontrollers into the mix, you will be able to use code to make your projects even more complex, providing your kids with loads of options.
When you browse websites like Amazon and eBay, there are loads of cheap kits available which are designed to help you to get started with small electronics. Most of these will include the same sort of items, with wires, potentiometers, and buttons being very common. As these parts are often very cheap to begin with, it doesn’t really matter that you’re getting them in an affordable kit. Instead, the big downside you will find is the lack of support which you get from them. This will leave you having to rely on websites like Instructables to provide you with the information you need.
Of course, when you can buy things on a budget, you will almost always find other examples which charge more, but also offer a whole lot more in return. There are loads of companies out there which specialise in providing kits for Raspberry Pis, Arduinos, and other Microcontrollers. Adafruit is a great example of this, as they also provide instructions for almost all of their products, making it very easy to get started with them. There are few easier ways to get started with a hobby like this one.
With all of this in mind, you should be feeling inspired to get started on teaching your kids about the complex world of computers. If you need help with this, there are loads of blogs, forums, and other sites around the web which are filled with people who are happy to lend a hand. It’s important to remember that some of the tools you will be using for this can be dangerous. For this reason, you will always need to supervise your children during your projects.
This is a collaborative post.