3 Reasons the SparkFun Inventor's Kit is a Great Introduction to Electronics

  (Photo credit: Reporter-Herald) At SparkFun we pride ourselves on having a little something for everyone, from the novice to the experienced engineer. With all of the electronics kits on the ... 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

Common Tools for Troubleshooting and Exploring Circuits

As we dig into the world of electronics, one of the first questions to arise is "How do I test this?" Let’s take a look at some common test procedures and tools. In my world, testing takes one of two ... 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

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

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

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

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