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How to use a multimeter

October 3, 2016

This is a hand-out developed from our popular "How to use a Multimeter" tutorial.

E-Textiles and the Maker Student

September 29, 2016

An overview of SparkFun's work using sewable electronics to teach introductory electronics.

Digital Sandbox Intro to CS Activities

July 29, 2016

This is a collection of activities that we created to introduce students to basic CS concepts using the Digital Sandbox.

RedBot Dance Challenge

July 26, 2016

Using the RedBot chassis or a chassis of your own design, choreograph a dance routine for your robot!

SIK LCD Tutorial Activity

July 23, 2016

SIK LCD Tutorial simplifies the wiring and usage of the parallel LCD module that is included in the SIK.

Serial LCD Reaction Timer Activity

July 21, 2016

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

July 21, 2016

This is a summary of learning objectives, vocabulary, and key concepts that are used in each of the circuit examples in the SIK.

Serial LCD Quick Reference - Application Note

July 21, 2016

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.

RedBot Library Quick Reference

June 26, 2016

This is a nice summary of the RedBot library. This is useful for introducing the RedBot commands to students.

SparkFun Curriculum: Introduction to Design

June 15, 2016

These are two full semester courses focused around Engineering Design using the SparkFun Inventor's Kit.

Digital Sandbox Course Resources

June 15, 2016

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

MaKey MaKey Kit Librarian Reference Manual

June 7, 2016

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

August 13, 2015

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

August 5, 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

July 28, 2015

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

May 7, 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

April 21, 2015

Here are some great resources to include the PicoBoard as part of your library or makerspace.

Funding Sources for MakerSpaces in Libraries

April 21, 2015

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

April 21, 2015

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

Physics and Open-Source Robotics - Activities for the classroom

April 9, 2015

Position, velocity, acceleration, torque, and rotation—these are all key concepts in both physics and robotics. Why not integrate these things together? We

Breaking the Rules: Hacking the Science Classroom with Arduino and Open-source Electronics

April 9, 2015

This workshop employs free Arduino software to explore classroom materials in an iterative, highly affordable framework. By combining everyday materials li

ATTiny85 Quick Reference

February 13, 2015

ATTiny85 Cheatsheet / quick reference. This has all of the most commonly used Arduino commands in one place.

Scratch Workshop Design Guide

February 3, 2015

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

January 15, 2015

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

October 20, 2014

Tips for incorporating easy to use, scalable, and fun activities for library programs.

Arduino Cheatsheet

August 19, 2014

Updated - 8/7/2017 – This is an overview of the most important / commonly used Arduino commands. [PDF] [DOCX]

Processing Cheatsheet

July 8, 2014

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

June 14, 2014

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

June 11, 2014

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

June 10, 2014

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

May 27, 2014

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.

How to Develop Embedded Software

May 23, 2014

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

Twinkling Wrist Cuff Tutorial

May 23, 2014

Twinkling Wrist Cuff Tutorial by Kim A. Knight from Emerging Media and CommunicaCon @UT Dallas http://fashioningcircuits.com

Paper Circuits: Lotus Flower Pop Up Card

May 6, 2014

Templates used in the Have Fun with Paper Circuitry workshop at GESTEM on 5/9/14.

Getting Started with Scratch 1.4

April 26, 2014

This guide is a great place to start with Scratch.

HotSheets: Processing

April 18, 2014

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!

HotSheets: Scratch

April 18, 2014

These HotSheets cover a few basic introductory exercises at learning how to use Scratch and the PicoBoard.

e-Textile Mask Workshop

April 9, 2014

Presentation on sewing circuits and creating a light up mask used during Girl Scout Troop 73265's visit to SparkFun HQ.

MakerScience and Arduino

April 7, 2014

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

April 7, 2014

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

March 31, 2014

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

March 28, 2014

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

March 27, 2014

Templates and slide presentation used in the Light Up Your Love with Paper Circuitry class on 2/12/14.

RedBot & RedBoard with miniBloq

March 11, 2014

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

March 4, 2014

These are the materials presented at the SXSWedu Panel Presentation on March 4, 2014.

Paper Circuit Cards

March 1, 2014

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

Five Days of Prototyping

February 6, 2014

Resources covering a five day course, including everything from schematics and PCV layout to programming, wireless and GPS.

Processing the Danger Shield

February 6, 2014

This material teaches the creation and manipulation of basic shapes using Processing and SparkFun's Danger Shield.

Giant Soldering

February 6, 2014

Instructions on how to create a giant prop soldering iron to demonstrate PTH and SMD soldering techniques to large groups.

Microcontrollers for Educators

February 6, 2014

General Resources for educators: worksheets, activities, project rubrics and more.

Atmega In-Depth

February 6, 2014

This material was created for a class on building and programming with the AT328 chip, without using the actual Arduino board.

ProtoSnap

February 6, 2014

Teach digital and analog input and output using the RGB LEDs, buttons and buzzers with the ProtoSnap board.

Design West - Presentation & Example Code

February 6, 2014

Presentation and example code from the Design West 2013 workshops. These materials are intended to work with SparkFun's ProtoSnap.

Giant Components

February 6, 2014

Instructions on how to create giant functioning electronics components. For use with the Giant Breadboard.

SparkFun Inventor’s Kit Curriculum

February 6, 2014

The SIK binder is an entire curriculum for embedded electronics, centered around the SparkFun Inventor's Kit.

Driving to Scratchville

February 6, 2014

Introduction to programming and sensor input isng scratch and the Pico Board.

Getting Hands-On with Soft Circuits Guide from High-Low Tech Lab

February 6, 2014

Guide and projects for getting started in the world of sewable electronics by the High-Low Tech Lab at M.I.T.

Resistance Board

February 6, 2014

A project using e-textiles to show the concept of resistance in an intuitive manner.

TEI Workshop Materials - Gaming

February 6, 2014

Resources for programming a game using ProtoSnap Mini and Processing.

Giant Breadboard

February 6, 2014

Instructions on how to create a giant bread board with functioning components for use as a teaching tool.

Arduino, Processing and Max

February 6, 2014

Workshop materials for using Arduino, Processing and the Danger Shield to communicate with Max Patch.

Introductory Arduino Materials from Portland State University

February 6, 2014

A wide range of labs covering beginner and intermediate Arduino programming, DC and analog circuits, and two larger scale projects.

ECE at Cornell University

February 6, 2014

Bruce Land from Cornell University shows how to work with microcontrollers.

SMD Soldering

February 6, 2014

Presentation about surface mount device (SMD) soldering.

Modkit and Arduino (Drag and drop programming)

February 6, 2014

Course for Elementary students using LilyPad and Modkit.

XBee Wireless

February 6, 2014

Wireless communication using Xbee radios, including creating public and private networks, pin to pin data transfer and output to Processing sketches.

Processing and Interactivity for Educators

February 6, 2014

This is a web-based curriculum designed for middle-schools and undergoing update and addition.

Intro to Arduino with ArduBlock

February 6, 2014

Learn the basics of programming in Arduino using the graphical programming constructs of ArduBlock.

Scratch with Data Logging

February 6, 2014

Workshop presentation and sample Scratch files from Jeff Branson’s workshop on Scratch Programming in a Science Classroom

Intro to Basic Electronics

February 6, 2014

Learn about breadboards, series and parallel circuits and basic sensors with this power point by Rick Anderson.

Intro to PicoBoard with Scratch

February 6, 2014

Introduction to computing using Scratch and PicoBoard.

LilyPad In-Depth

February 6, 2014

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.

SoftSerial: Implementing Multiple Serial Ports On An Arduino

February 6, 2014

Learn how to use pins other than TX and RX to communicate between microcontrollers using the SoftSerial library.

Arduino in a Nutshell

February 6, 2014

Beginner's guide to the Arduino Uno R3 by Prof. Jan Borchers.

Electronic Graphics Resources

February 6, 2014

Illustrator file with a variety of electronics images and icons. Made by Adam Meyer of bildr.org.

Intro to Arduino

February 6, 2014

Here is a slide show presentation for introducing the Arduino SparkFun Inventor's Kit.

How to Solder Comic

February 6, 2014

This comic describes how to do plated through hole soldering in an easy to understand visual format.

LilyPad with Girl Scouts: Making Electronic Fashion

February 6, 2014

Beginner's LilyPad workshop presentation contributed by Etiquette Creative.

ArduBlock and Protosnap ProMini

February 6, 2014

This is a short presentation on how to use ArduBlock - a graphical programming environment with the Protosnap ProMini.

Serial Communication between Arduino and Processing

February 6, 2014

Materials for Arduino, Processing and Serial Communication for the ATLAS program at CU Boulder.

LilyPad With Programming

February 6, 2014

Get started prototyping without a breadboard using the ProtoSnap LilyPad Development Board to control buzzers, vibration motors, RGB LEDs and more.

Android Development with IOIO

February 6, 2014

Control an LED, potentiometer and servo over USB or Bluetooth using Andriod and IOIO.

ProtoSnap Intro to Arduino

February 6, 2014

Presentation on programming microcontrollers without having to create any circuits using the ProtoSnap board.

Soldering, PTH

February 6, 2014

These are some materials to help you teach Plated Through Hole Soldering.

Surface Mount Device Stenciling

February 6, 2014

Presentation used to teach Surface Mount Device Stenciling here at SparkFun Electronics.

Squishy Circuits

February 6, 2014

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.

Alan Smith's Curriculum

February 6, 2014

An introduction to Arduino, microcontrollers and electrical circuits by Alan Smith.

Video Games and Controllers with Analog Pong and Processing - Gaming

February 6, 2014

Learn how to create a video game and controller while learning basic programming, math, Cartesian graphing methods, Serial communication and sensor input.

LilyPad With No Programming

February 6, 2014

Introductory handout covering sewing with conductive thread and how to avoid short circuits in e-textiles with LilyPad components.

Programming with Simon

February 6, 2014

This material shows a way to re-use our popular Simon game to teach programming after you have used it to teach soldering.

Simon Modifications

February 6, 2014

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.
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