Derek Runberg

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Remote Sensing and Datalogging with the micro:bit

As we have worked with teachers using the micro:bit more and more over the past year, we have seen amazing projects across different subject areas. Teachers are the smartest… digital high-five! One ... Continue reading

Four Ways to Extend the Capabilities of your micro:bit

We've seen a lot of traction over the past year around the micro:bit in K-12 education. It is easy to program, Chromebook compatible and has a number of bells and whistles on it that make it really ... Continue reading

Free your radio functionality on the micro:bit

The micro:bit has made a huge impact on getting "quicker to awesome" in the classroom. From third grade to high school and beyond, it has proved itself to be a platform that is easy to learn and ... Continue reading

A Car in Space? Let Students Ponder Why.

BY Derek Runberg 2/15/18 6:36 AM

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On the morning of February 7th I was sitting on my couch drinking my morning coffee with my wife and watching the “Today” show when a segment came up about SpaceX and their groundbreaking launch of ... Continue reading

Building a weather station with micro:bit and App Inventor

Recently, I did an hourlong webinar on the idea of combining the micro:bit with MIT App Inventor where we leveraged Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) and a tool called BlockyTalkyBLE to build apps that ... Continue reading

Citizen Science With the micro:bit

BY Derek Runberg 8/22/17 6:30 AM

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My greatest frustration with science class when I was in school was during labs. For some reason I saw them for what they were…rule-following exercises. Think about it for a second. The lab stations ... 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

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