Derek Runberg

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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

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

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

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

If You Give a Student an Arduino…

Over the past year we have been supporting an awesome nonprofit called Innovate Oregon in the more rural towns of the Willamette Valley outside of Portland. We’ve been collaborating around what we ... Continue reading

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