Students Reach for the Stars with RockOn!

Despite the budget problems that plague NASA, the space agency is doing its best to inspire the next generation of explorers. This includes providing opportunities for students to actually get their ... Continue reading

Vote for Maker Education at SXSWedu 2018!

SparkFun doesn’t take summer breaks and we’ve been making plans for our event season next year where we get to travel all around the country sharing cool new projects and exciting technology like the ... Continue reading

Mentorship Program Builds Students’ Skills and Confidence

“Why did you join this program?” As I sit at the front of a circle of middle school kids on the first day of our AppJam+ program, the students in front of me begin to answer my question one by one. ... Continue reading

Top 6 Worst Pieces of Advice We've Ever Heard About Maker Education

We’ve heard a lot of advice over the years on how to add maker education and project-based learning to the classroom. While some of this advice has been quite good, that’s a story for another day. ... Continue reading

Reflection on National Scout Jamboree

Thoughts on the National Boy Scout Jamboree...or, a blog post in which we will not all agree. I’m on a plane home from the 2017 National Scout Jamboree in West Virginia. By now I’m sure the news has ... Continue reading

Getting Started Resources for Raspberry Pi

The Raspberry Pi is a small, single-board computer that is about the size of a deck of cards. It is a computer and not a microcontroller. You can connect a keyboard, mouse and monitor to a Raspberry ... Continue reading

Process of Making Brings out the Best in Students and Teachers

STEM educators are always looking for ways to spark interest in students, especially those who may not already have a strong interest in STEM fields or may not view themselves as scientists or ... Continue reading

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

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