When I was a kid, I knew an interesting old man. He lived in our town and my friend Mark's father Dick Landers worked for him. Sometimes on Sunday we would go down to the factory and poke around... The old man would be puttering around the place everywhere. He let us do lots of stuff. He was kinda gruff, but he didn't seem to mind at all that we were just kids. He let us weld stuff with the spot welder, and dust powdered metal into the stamping press that made the wheels for the American Flyer trains. You could break them with your fingers before they went thru the sintering oven. Of course we got to run the biggest American Flyer train layout ever, in the showroom! But what we really loved was all those bins of PARTS back in the factory. Part to make Erector Sets. Parts to make American Flyer trains. The old man would reach into some bin and pull out some part. "Hey, kid, What's this??", he'd say, as he reached into some bin. Out would come the armature for a diesel railroad locomotive. We built some trucks up out of parts. They went like heck just by themselves on the track. Eventually we had a roller coaster track in Mark's room. We told the Old Man we knew why he called them American Flyer after we put two transformers in series on them in Mark's Room. He and Dick looked at each other and laughed. Mark said he knew why the Old Man's name was A.C. too. They laughed a lot at that one! Much later I found out that About 3 years before Mark and I started hanging out at the factory, the old man had said this:
SO, how can YOU make these kinds of things happen for kids today??
We have been showing people what Arduino is and how to make things with it for a couple,of years now on the http://ArduinoInfo.Info WIKI. Let's look at: "Arduino: What-IS-it?”SO, how can YOU make these kinds of things happen for kids today??
SO, how can YOU make these kinds of things happen for kids today?? How can YOU get started to use Arduino to spark curiosity and creativity in young people? Mainly Just Do It! Get your hands on a Starter Set for as little as $32 plus shipping. Good learning materials are on the http://ArduinoInfo.Info WIKI here:
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