Unexpected Jobs That Use Computer Science

While not all students will end up pursuing careers in computer science, it is still be a good idea for all students to learn the basics. More and more seemingly unrelated careers are now using basic ... Continue reading

Summer Vacation 101: Prepping for Back-to-School the SparkFun way!

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SparkFun K-12 Survey Results

At SparkFun, we love hearing from educators - the feedback we receive is used to make the services and products we provide align with real needs. One tool we use annually (-ish) is a survey. Many ... Continue reading

So you've gotten Raspberry Pi – what now?

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Lessons Learned from Magic School Bus

On a recent day of catching up on my reading, I stumbled upon an article by Amanda Baker titled, “Recognizing Ms. Frizzle's Own Magic.” In the article, Ms. Baker talks about how she doesn’t remember ... Continue reading

What is a Photoresistor?

So you have an idea for a project, but it requires the end product to react to the light around it...whatever will you do? Luckily there is a simple component that can be used to make this happen: a ... Continue reading

What is a Jumper Wire?

Jumper wires are extremely handy components to have on hand, especially when prototyping. But what are they?... Continue reading

Good-Humored Classroom Management Techniques to Keep You and Your Students on Track

  Moving into the second part of the school year can be an exciting time for many students. The hubbub from the holidays is still in the air, and spring vacation is already in sight. This combination ... Continue reading

What is a Resistor?

Resistors are crucial components in just about every circuit, but how much do you actually know about them? We’re taking a look at this basic electronic component to figure out what they are and how ... Continue reading

3 Ideas to Go Beyond Computer Science Education Week

Last week, educators across the country dug into Computer Science Education week. So this week, I thought I'd offer some thoughts on my go-to programming languages and ways to continue delving into ... Continue reading