Taking the First Steps Into the World of IoT With the Arduino 101

For many teachers the idea of approaching Arduino in the classroom seems daunting, and they feel like they need to know everything before they dive into embedded electronics with their students. In ... Continue reading

HOLY ISTE, IT’S HAPPENING!

What, you might ask, will 18,000 of the top teachers, technology coordinators, administrators, library media specialists, teacher educators and policy-makers be doing the last week of June? Heading ... Continue reading

Quick Arduino Drum Machine Music Maker

BY Brian Huang 4/20/17 6:27 AM

Arduino teaching tools

This is a quick guide to using an old Arduino Shield called the Musical Instrument Shield. It gives your Arduino the ability to play a whole series of different notes and instruments — just like an ... Continue reading

Maker Education Survey Results

BY Megan Hemmings 4/18/17 8:20 AM

Maker Education

Last year, we conducted a survey of your opinions on maker education. Today, we wanted to share the results of that survey with you. Check out the infographic below to see some of the results of K–12 ... Continue reading

5 Reasons Your School Needs a Makerspace

Making is fundamental to who we are as human beings. You don’t need to have special training or skills; every single one of us is a maker by nature. Creating a makerspace in your school opens up the ... Continue reading

Helping Students Transition from Block-Based to Text-Based Programming Languages

One of our favorite sayings in the SparkFun Education department is “from K to NASA.” The education team has been working for the past few years to build out a set of tools and curriculum that works ... Continue reading

Internet of Chickens: IoT intersects with the backyard chicken movement

The term Internet of Things (IoT) is buzzing all around. From the smartphones in our pockets to the thermostats, doorbells and lights in our houses, we're finding that more and more of our devices ... Continue reading

Adventures in (Computer) Science!

For this installment of "Adventures in Science," we’re taking a look at a few computer science topics, including: what a compiler does (in a broad scope), what is meant by sequential programming, and ... Continue reading

5 Tips for Teaching E-Textiles

Teaching e-textiles can be a daunting task for educators new to the craft. We've compiled our top five tips and tricks to use while designing and facilitating a class or lesson around learning to sew ... Continue reading

Where to Start With This Arduino Thing?

The number one question I get from classroom teachers after “Where do I start?” is “What language should I teach?”...and then “Well, then does X platform or board support that?” These questions are ... Continue reading

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