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I absolutely love this video posted by Jessica Wolpert. It’s (3) eleven-year-old girls working on an Arduino project. It looks like the final project is a “mouse alert system” that blinks the eyes of the cat when the mouse gets too close. I am so happy to see kids experimenting with electronics and micro-controllers. Are you working with kids on any electronics projects? If so, please post them in the comments so we can write about it! Thanks!

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Marc de Vinck

I’m currently working full time as the Dexter F. Baker Professor of Practice in Creativity in the Masters of Engineering in Technical Entrepreneurship Program at Lehigh University. I’m also an avid product designer, kit maker, author, father, tinkerer, and member of the MAKE Technical Advisory board.


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  1. Evil Paul says:

    Wonderful stuff, those are some great kids.

  2. Ken says:

    I am working with my 17 year old son to build the Beat Bearing sequencer. It’s an interesting project for both of us, and he tells me that his friends think I am the coolest dad. We’ll reserve judgement on that until after we have successfully built this thing.

    But buying 50 pinballs together was fun!

    1. Just ‘trying’ to make the Beat Bearing sequencer with your kids makes you the coolest Dad! That is awesome, make sure to send me a link to the completed project!!!

  3. John Park says:

    “Hello hello hello. Ooh look! What’s this?” Adorable and awesome Arduino Grrls!

  4. Anonymous says:

    Hi, for a year I have been doing half day physical computing workshops with kids aged 9 to 12. I blog about these workshops at http://tinkerthon.de (German language).

    Although I started Physical Computing from the Arduino world, I found the PICAXE system easier to enter for novices and – starting at $4,- per board – with a much lower price tag.

    However, now that I learned about the bare minimum setup using humble ATmega8 and the internal resonator, I think I can design a starter PCB and parts kit for about the same price tag. Could somebody recommend a PCB factory and easy PCB design tool for Germany?

  5. Anonymous says:

    Hi, for a year I have been doing half day physical computing workshops with kids aged 9 to 12. I blog about these workshops at http://tinkerthon.de (German language).

    Although I started Physical Computing from the Arduino world, I found the PICAXE system easier to enter for novices and – starting at $4,- per board – with a much lower price tag.

    However, now that I learned about the bare minimum setup using humble ATmega8 and the internal resonator, I think I can design a starter PCB and parts kit for about the same price tag. Could somebody recommend a PCB factory and easy PCB design tool for Germany?

  6. Anonymous says:

    Hi, for a year I have been doing half day physical computing workshops with kids aged 9 to 12. I blog about these workshops at http://tinkerthon.de (German language).

    Although I started Physical Computing from the Arduino world, I found the PICAXE system easier to enter for novices and – starting at $4,- per board – with a much lower price tag.

    However, now that I learned about the bare minimum setup using humble ATmega8 and the internal resonator, I think I can design a starter PCB and parts kit for about the same price tag. Could somebody recommend a PCB factory and easy PCB design tool for Germany?

  7. John Patrick says:

    My two girls love little Arduino projects. They\’re currently part way through building a Cat\’s Disco with a little stage and various LED light sequences. Maybe cats are a common theme :)