What is an LED?

It seems that everything these days has an LED in it. But what are LEDs, and why are they so popular? Let’s take a look.... Continue reading

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

Why Maker Education? And What's the Problem?

The “maker” movement in education has been a widespread topic, and as many settings move toward adopting maker programming, the question that arises for many people is: “Why is maker education ... Continue reading

What is a Breadboard?

Breadboards are essential tools when learning electronics or prototyping new designs. But what exactly are they? Let's take a closer look.... Continue reading

3 Ways to Use Pinterest for STEM Education

You may have used Pinterest to plan a themed event, design your ideal living space or curate your dream wardrobe, but have you ever considered using the social media platform to plan your Maker Ed ... Continue reading

Top 5 Ways to Use a 3D Printer in the Classroom

To celebrate today’s kickoff of the Maker Education Webinar Series — "3D Printing to Improve Learning Outcomes" — we’re taking a look at the Top 5 things you can do with a 3D printer in the classroom ... Continue reading

Top Ways to get started with Maker Education

Are you looking to get started with maker education but aren’t sure where to start or how to get buy in from the community? Check out this post on why makerspaces are important, then check out these ... 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

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