A Guide to Development Boards for Educators: Microprocessors vs. Microcontrollers

The world of development boards in the hobbyist and educational market is exploding; every year there are new boards with new chips — cheaper, faster and with more bells and whistles. Some of the ... Continue reading

Common Tools for Troubleshooting and Exploring Circuits

As we dig into the world of electronics, one of the first questions to arise is "How do I test this?" Let’s take a look at some common test procedures and tools. In my world, testing takes one of two ... Continue reading

Working in Teams Inspires Creativity

I recently started reading "The Innovators: How a Group of Hackers, Geniuses, and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution" by Walter Isaacson and was immediately inspired by something he says. ... Continue reading

Help Us Help You: Take Our PD Survey

For the past seven years, SparkFun’s Department of Education has been delivering content to teachers through a variety of different channels. Our goal at SparkFun is to inspire the inventors of the ... Continue reading

Ladies of Computer Science

BY Megan Hemmings 6/8/17 6:51 AM
For young women and girls, female role models in STEM professions can increase their desire to pursue STEM careers. One study found that girls do better on science tests when their textbooks include ... Continue reading

Meditation for Added Creativity and Better Problem Solving

BY Daphne Sipes 6/6/17 6:26 AM

teaching tools

In addition to my fun job at SparkFun, I am quite the meditation geekstra and teach meditation locally. I hear often from many of my students that they feel more creative and focused once they start ... Continue reading

Teaching Back-of-the-Envelope Engineering and Critical Thinking Using 'Fake News'

BY Mike Grusin 6/1/17 6:38 AM
If you spend any time on social media, you've no doubt seen stories breathlessly touting new engineering marvels or scientific discoveries. And if you have any experience with physics, biology or ... Continue reading

A Teacher’s Guide to Experiencing a Maker Faire

I have been to a few Maker Faires — most of them while working for SparkFun, which usually amounts to manning a booth, meeting with other makers and checking out all of the new technology and ... Continue reading

Introducing Plastic Antweight at SparkFun AVC

BY Casey Kuhns 5/25/17 6:35 AM

AVC Guest Post

At this year's SparkFun Autonomous Vehicle Competition we are expanding combat!  More weight classes, more destruction! We have always wanted to encourage new people to give combat robots a try, but ... Continue reading

Create Your Own E-Textile Teaching Tools

In March, we shared our techniques for building paper circuit teaching tools — large props to help students understand project construction techniques. This post will show you how to build and use a ... Continue reading

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