3 Ways to Participate in AVC, Even if You Can't Attend

BY Megan Shields 7/20/17 6:25 AM

AVC robotics

SparkFun has been hosting our Autonomous Vehicle Competition for nine years, and every year we see more and more engagement from teachers and students looking to find ways to participate in our ... Continue reading

The Intersection of Science and Art: Moving from STEM to STEAM

BY Megan Hemmings 7/18/17 6:02 AM

STEAM

I’ve been thinking a lot about the intersection of art and science. From amazing, up-close images of the stars in the galaxy to beautiful displays of the Fibonacci Sequence and Fractals in everything ... Continue reading

Interactive Mural Engages 4-H Campers in Art, Electronics and Programming

Every summer thousands of youths flock to 4-H camp, a weeklong experience of meeting new friends and learning new skills through hands-on activities. This year the Delaware County, Ohio, camp wanted ... Continue reading

The Trials and Tribulations of Technology in the Classroom

BY Shelby King 7/11/17 6:24 AM

Maker Education

I recently had the opportunity to sit through a professional development class we hosted for a local school at the SparkFun office. While I was listening in, one thing that was brought up really ... Continue reading

9 Books to Add to Your Summer Reading List: Electronic Crafts, Paper Circuits and E-Textiles

Whether you are looking to get new ideas for your classoom, read up on materials and academic research or just find some fun projects to create, we've gathered up nine of our favorite maker titles ... Continue reading

Use SketchUp Like an Arcade Game: DIY Hot Key Buttons

Around this time last year, SparkFun worked with a team from SketchUp to design and build a Corn Hole game with an integrated LED score counter. This design made its debut at the 2016 SketchUp ... Continue reading

Arduino Inventor's Guide: The Book

Over the past year and a half, SparkFun has been working with No Starch Press to release our second book. We're so excited to announce that we just got our first copies from the press! The SparkFun ... Continue reading

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

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