What a Simple Blink Sketch Can Teach Us About Vision

Happy New Year and good tidings and all of that other stuff people typically wish you! I don’t know about anybody else, but my least favorite thing about the New Year is the constant question of what ... Continue reading

What is a Switch? And SO MUCH MORE

BY Maya Kleinbort 1/29/19 6:28 AM

What is a

One of the most elementary and easy-to-overlook circuit component is the switch.  Switches don’t require any fancy equations to evaluate. All they do is select between an open circuit and a short ... Continue reading

SparkFun Electronics Launches Nationwide micro:bit Tour to Help Districts Jumpstart Hands-On STEM Learning

BY Megan Hemmings 1/24/19 8:35 AM

Events micro:bit

SparkFun Education is hosting a series of free workshops around the country to introduce STEM educational leaders to the micro:bit. The workshops, called “SparkFun Presents the micro:bit Roadshow: ... Continue reading

What is Computational Thinking?

Computational Thinking is the buzzword of the moment. But what does it mean and how can you use it meaningfully with your students?... Continue reading

The Power of Failure

Think about the last time you learned how to do something. Was your first attempt perfect? Probably not. But did you keep trying and eventually create something better than you had originally hoped ... Continue reading

Join the Team of High School Machine-Learning Robot Builders

It may take a major university to build a true self-driving car, but any high school class with a 3D printer can create a robot that drives around, learning as it goes. All you need is a simple ... Continue reading

What is a Servo?

A servo, short for servomechanism or servomotor, is a simple mechanism that adds movement to any electronics project. This useful motor, originally found in remote-controlled cars and airplanes, is ... Continue reading

Using Paper Circuits to Teach Second Graders Problem Solving

My second graders and I recently purchased and put together the SparkFun Paper Circuits Kit. This kit helped my students understand what a circuit is, how a circuit works, and how to create their ... Continue reading

Office Supply Jeopardy - micro:bit Edition

Have you ever walked by the supply cabinet at work and see your fellow office mates look aimlessly into the bottomless pit of office supplies? We’ve all done it - you go there with the purpose of ... Continue reading

2018 in Review

Another year has flown by and we’re excited to take a look back at the blog and see what we can learn from it. Without further ado, let’s look at some of our most popular posts this year and lessons ... Continue reading

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