9 Books to Add to Your Summer Reading List: Electronic Crafts, Paper Circuits and E-Textiles

Whether you are looking to get new ideas for your classoom, read up on materials and academic research or just find some fun projects to create, we've gathered up nine of our favorite maker titles ... 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

Meditation for Added Creativity and Better Problem Solving

BY Daphne Sipes 6/6/17 6:26 AM

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In addition to my fun job at SparkFun, I am quite the meditation geekstra and teach meditation locally. I hear often from many of my students that they feel more creative and focused once they start ... Continue reading

Create Your Own E-Textile Teaching Tools

In March, we shared our techniques for building paper circuit teaching tools — large props to help students understand project construction techniques. This post will show you how to build and use a ... 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

Quick Arduino Drum Machine Music Maker

BY Brian Huang 4/20/17 6:27 AM

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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

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

5 Tips for Teaching E-Textiles

Teaching e-textiles can be a daunting task for educators new to the craft. We've compiled our top five tips and tricks to use while designing and facilitating a class or lesson around learning to sew ... Continue reading