How to use a multimeter
This is a hand-out developed from our popular "How to use a Multimeter" tutorial.
E-Textiles and the Maker Student
An overview of SparkFun's work using sewable electronics to teach introductory electronics.
Prototyping Wireless Wearables with LilyPad Simblee
WEAR 2016 workshop on getting started with LilyPad Simblee
Digital Sandbox Intro to CS Activities
This is a collection of activities that we created to introduce students to basic CS concepts using the Digital Sandbox.
RedBot Dance Challenge
Using the RedBot chassis or a chassis of your own design, choreograph a dance routine for your robot!
SIK LCD Tutorial Activity
SIK LCD Tutorial simplifies the wiring and usage of the parallel LCD module that is included in the SIK.
Serial LCD Quick Reference - Application Note
This is a quick reference to using any of the Serial-enabled LCD kits at SparkFun. It simplifies the command set into tables that are easy to follow.
Serial LCD Reaction Timer Activity
Build your own Serial LCD Reaction Timer. This is a great activity that uses the SparkFun RedBoard, Arduino, or other compatible microcontroller. This has
SIK Teachers Guide
This is a summary of learning objectives, vocabulary, and key concepts that are used in each of the circuit examples in the SIK.
RedBot Library Quick Reference
This is a nice summary of the RedBot library. This is useful for introducing the RedBot commands to students.
Digital Sandbox Course Resources
We created a small set of tutorials to walk students through using the Digital Sandbox in the classroom. There are two shared Google Drive folders which co
SparkFun Curriculum: Introduction to Design
These are two full semester courses focused around Engineering Design using the SparkFun Inventor's Kit.
MaKey MaKey Kit Librarian Reference Manual
The MaKey MaKey Kit: Librarian Reference Manual is a guide to using, managing, and troubleshooting the MaKey MaKey in your library.
SparkFun Summer Semester Materials
Got an idea for a prototype but not sure exactly how to make it happen? SparkFun Electronics offers Five Days of prototyping skills from schematic to bread
Microcontrollers for Educators 2015
Each summer, we teach a weeklong professional development workshop around using technologies such as Arduino, Processing, and electronics in the classroom.
Explorations in Arduino Physics: Ideas and Experiments that Integrate this Low-cost 8-bit Microcontroller into your Classroom
This is a presentation on a series of tools that can be used in experiments, activities, and labs to investigate, measure, and analyze physics phenomena.
SparkFun at NSTA 2015
SparkFun attended the NSTA 2015 National Conference in Chicago. We taught 7 workshops that contained some amazing materials. Here is a link to that page.
PicoBoard Library Resources
Here are some great resources to include the PicoBoard as part of your library or makerspace.
Funding Sources for MakerSpaces in Libraries
Here is a short list of grants and funding sources for building out your own makerspace in your library or community center. Here are links to the raw sour
PicoBoard LabPack Getting Started Guide
This is a hand-out illustrating how to get started using the PicoBoard and auxiliary sensors on ports A, B, C, and D. The LabPack comes complete with 10 Pi
Breaking the Rules: Hacking the Science Classroom with Arduino and Open-source Electronics
This workshop employs free Arduino software to explore classroom materials in an iterative, highly affordable framework. By combining everyday materials li
Physics and Open-Source Robotics - Activities for the classroom
Position, velocity, acceleration, torque, and rotation—these are all key concepts in both physics and robotics. Why not integrate these things together? We
ATTiny85 Quick Reference
ATTiny85 Cheatsheet / quick reference. This has all of the most commonly used Arduino commands in one place.
Scratch Workshop Design Guide
A fantastic guide to teaching your own Scratch workshops and camp programs by the folks at ScratchEd. Click here to download.
Introduction to Robotics using SparkFun RedBot Mainboard
Our team of educators piloted a class here at SparkFun in the Spring of 2014 introducing the RedBot Mainboard using the Dagu Multi Chassis platform. Here a
LilyPad and Sewable Circuits in Libraries
Tips for incorporating easy to use, scalable, and fun activities for library programs.
Updated - 8/7/2017 – This is an overview of the most important / commonly used Arduino commands. [PDF] [DOCX]
We have compiled a quick reference list of all of the common commands we use for teaching Processing. This was created in Microsoft PowerPoint. The raw, ed
ASEE 2014 K-12 Workshop Materials
Encouraging Creativity, Gender Equity, and Arts in the STEM Classroom with Conductive Thread and LilyPad Arduino. Example Code Ardublock install – Unzip
e-Textile Art Pin
Create a quick and easy piece of e-textile art using a LilyPad LED, Battery Holder, conductive thread, and coin cell battery.
LilyPad with ArduBlock Workshop
Presentation materials on using ArduBlock with the LilyPad Simple Development Board during a workshop at Fashion Institute of Technology 6/5/2014.
Giant Breadboard Poster
Looking to teach how breadboards work? Print this file out to a poster, laminate it, and use dry erase markers to illustrate the internal connections.
Twinkling Wrist Cuff Tutorial
Twinkling Wrist Cuff Tutorial by Kim A. Knight from Emerging Media and CommunicaCon @UT Dallas http://fashioningcircuits.com
How to Develop Embedded Software
This is a book contributed by David Clifton. The purpose of the book is to provide a real-life example of some software engineering techniques for intermed
Paper Circuits: Lotus Flower Pop Up Card
Templates used in the Have Fun with Paper Circuitry workshop at GESTEM on 5/9/14.
Getting Started with Scratch 1.4
This guide is a great place to start with Scratch.
These HotSheets cover a few basic introductory exercises at learning how to use Scratch and the PicoBoard.
Are you looking for a gradual and project based way to learn Processing. Check out this set of HotSheets that take you from 0 understanding to awesome!
e-Textile Mask Workshop
Presentation on sewing circuits and creating a light up mask used during Girl Scout Troop 73265's visit to SparkFun HQ.
MakerScience and Arduino
Learn how to teach basic concepts of electricity and circuits, program a microcontroller, and integrate making, building, and inventing into your classroom
Data Collection with High-Altitude Balloons
Design and build a high‑altitude balloon with SparkFun Electronics. This engaging project introduces tools for real‑world science and data collection.
Paper Circuits Pin
This quick craft project shows you how to create a circuit using copper tape instead of wire to light up an LED and make a wearable piece of e-craft art.
Simple Tools to Enhance Student Engagement with Processing
Materials, presentations and examples from our presentations and workshops at the National NSTA Conference in Boston, MA
Paper Circuits: Light Up Valentine Pop Up Cards
Templates and slide presentation used in the Light Up Your Love with Paper Circuitry class on 2/12/14.
RedBot & RedBoard with miniBloq
A step by step tutorial on how to use the drag and drop environment, miniBloq, to program SparkFun's RedBot and RedBoard.
SXSWedu Panel - Build, Create, and Hack: Bringing STE(A)M into K-12
These are the materials presented at the SXSWedu Panel Presentation on March 4, 2014.
Paper Circuit Cards
Have students build a simple circuit with copper tape, a coin cell battery, and an LED. This template can be extended to any number of other activities inv
Electronic Graphics Resources
Illustrator file with a variety of electronics images and icons. Made by Adam Meyer of bildr.org.
Arduino in a Nutshell
Beginner's guide to the Arduino Uno R3 by Prof. Jan Borchers.
SoftSerial: Implementing Multiple Serial Ports On An Arduino
Learn how to use pins other than TX and RX to communicate between microcontrollers using the SoftSerial library.
How to Solder Comic
This comic describes how to do plated through hole soldering in an easy to understand visual format.
LilyPad with Girl Scouts: Making Electronic Fashion
Beginner's LilyPad workshop presentation contributed by Etiquette Creative.
ArduBlock and Protosnap ProMini
This is a short presentation on how to use ArduBlock - a graphical programming environment with the Protosnap ProMini.
Serial Communication between Arduino and Processing
Materials for Arduino, Processing and Serial Communication for the ATLAS program at CU Boulder.
LilyPad With Programming
Get started prototyping without a breadboard using the ProtoSnap LilyPad Development Board to control buzzers, vibration motors, RGB LEDs and more.
Learn how to create circuits that use a LilyPad microcontroller and what you need to program your microcontroller to react to input and provide output.
Android Development with IOIO
Control an LED, potentiometer and servo over USB or Bluetooth using Andriod and IOIO.
Intro to PicoBoard with Scratch
Introduction to computing using Scratch and PicoBoard.
Five Days of Prototyping
Resources covering a five day course, including everything from schematics and PCV layout to programming, wireless and GPS.
These are some materials to help you teach Plated Through Hole Soldering.
Surface Mount Device Stenciling
Presentation used to teach Surface Mount Device Stenciling here at SparkFun Electronics.
This tutorial shows you how to make conductive and insulating dough with every day household ingredients and how to use it to explore how electricity work.
ProtoSnap Intro to Arduino
Presentation on programming microcontrollers without having to create any circuits using the ProtoSnap board.
Intro to Basic Electronics
Learn about breadboards, series and parallel circuits and basic sensors with this power point by Rick Anderson.
LilyPad With No Programming
Introductory handout covering sewing with conductive thread and how to avoid short circuits in e-textiles with LilyPad components.
Scratch with Data Logging
Workshop presentation and sample Scratch files from Jeff Branson’s workshop on Scratch Programming in a Science Classroom
Intro to Arduino with ArduBlock
Learn the basics of programming in Arduino using the graphical programming constructs of ArduBlock.
Processing and Interactivity for Educators
This is a web-based curriculum designed for middle-schools and undergoing update and addition.
Alan Smith's Curriculum
An introduction to Arduino, microcontrollers and electrical circuits by Alan Smith.
Wireless communication using Xbee radios, including creating public and private networks, pin to pin data transfer and output to Processing sketches.
Modkit and Arduino (Drag and drop programming)
Course for Elementary students using LilyPad and Modkit.
ECE at Cornell University
Bruce Land from Cornell University shows how to work with microcontrollers.
Introductory Arduino Materials from Portland State University
A wide range of labs covering beginner and intermediate Arduino programming, DC and analog circuits, and two larger scale projects.
Arduino, Processing and Max
Workshop materials for using Arduino, Processing and the Danger Shield to communicate with Max Patch.
Instructions on how to create a giant bread board with functioning components for use as a teaching tool.
TEI Workshop Materials - Gaming
Resources for programming a game using ProtoSnap Mini and Processing.
A project using e-textiles to show the concept of resistance in an intuitive manner.
Electrical and Computer Engineering Curriculum
Curriculum for electrical and computer engineering.
Getting Hands-On with Soft Circuits Guide from High-Low Tech Lab
Guide and projects for getting started in the world of sewable electronics by the High-Low Tech Lab at M.I.T.
Driving to Scratchville
Introduction to programming and sensor input isng scratch and the Pico Board.
SparkFun Inventor’s Kit Curriculum
The SIK binder is an entire curriculum for embedded electronics, centered around the SparkFun Inventor's Kit.
Instructions on how to create giant functioning electronics components. For use with the Giant Breadboard.
Design West - Presentation & Example Code
Presentation and example code from the Design West 2013 workshops. These materials are intended to work with SparkFun's ProtoSnap.
Teach digital and analog input and output using the RGB LEDs, buttons and buzzers with the ProtoSnap board.
This material was created for a class on building and programming with the AT328 chip, without using the actual Arduino board.
Microcontrollers for Educators
General Resources for educators: worksheets, activities, project rubrics and more.
Instructions on how to create a giant prop soldering iron to demonstrate PTH and SMD soldering techniques to large groups.
Processing the Danger Shield
This material teaches the creation and manipulation of basic shapes using Processing and SparkFun's Danger Shield.
Video Games and Controllers with Analog Pong and Processing - Gaming
Learn how to create a video game and controller while learning basic programming, math, Cartesian graphing methods, Serial communication and sensor input.
Programming with Simon
This material shows a way to re-use our popular Simon game to teach programming after you have used it to teach soldering.
Intro to Arduino with LilyPad Development Board at Artisan's Asylum
Presentation for the Make a MakerSpace at Artisan’s Asylum.
Presentation on how to take a Simon Says kit and modify it using an FTDI to change how the buzzer, LEDs, buttons and analog sensors function.