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

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

Getting started with the micro:bit

We’re excited to be offering the micro:bit, so to celebrate we created a few video tutorials to help you get started using and programming the micro:bit with the online Microsoft MakeCode block ... Continue reading

10 Things a Makerspace Club Can Do for Your School

Creating a makerspace can be a daunting task. You may have concerns about what activities to choose and how you will ever have enough time to keep it maintained and organized. Why not let students ... Continue reading

Top 5 Lessons for Integrating Makey Makey Into Your Curriculum

If your students are new to electronics education, the Makey Makey board is a fun and extremely accessible tool for all ages. Its plug-and-play capability makes it a great gateway to physical ... 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

5 Reasons Your School Needs a Makerspace

Making is fundamental to who we are as human beings. You don’t need to have special training or skills; every single one of us is a maker by nature. Creating a makerspace in your school opens up the ... 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

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