SparkFun Arduino ProtoShield Hookup Guide

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Heads Up! This tutorial is for the latest version of the SparkFun Arduino ProtoShield. If you have an older version, please consult the retired Arduino ProtoShield Quickstart Guide

The SparkFun Arduino ProtoShield PCB and ProtoShield kit lets you customize your own Arduino shield using whatever custom circuit you can come up with! This tutorial will go over its features, hardware assembly, and how to use shield.

SparkFun Arduino ProtoShield - Bare PCB

SparkFun Arduino ProtoShield - Bare PCB

SparkFun ProtoShield Kit

SparkFun ProtoShield Kit


Suggested Materials

To follow along with this project tutorial, you will need the following materials. Depending on what you have, you may not need everything listed here. Add it to your cart, read through the guide, and adjust the cart as necessary.


You will need a soldering iron, solder, general soldering accessories, and the tools listed below for prototyping.

Solder Lead Free - 100-gram Spool

Solder Lead Free - 100-gram Spool


Wire Strippers - 30AWG (Hakko)

Weller WLC100 Soldering Station

Weller WLC100 Soldering Station

Needle Nose Pliers

Needle Nose Pliers

Diagonal Cutters

Diagonal Cutters


Suggested Reading

If you aren’t familiar with the following concepts, we recommend checking out these tutorials before continuing.

How to Solder: Through-Hole Soldering

This tutorial covers everything you need to know about through-hole soldering.

Arduino Shields

All things Arduino Shields. What they are and how to assemble them.

What is an Arduino?

What is this 'Arduino' thing anyway?

Installing Arduino IDE

A step-by-step guide to installing and testing the Arduino software on Windows, Mac, and Linux.

Using the BlueSMiRF

How to get started using the BlueSMiRF and Bluetooth Mate Silvers.

How to Work w/ Jumper Pads and PCB Traces

Handling PCB jumper pads and traces is an essential skill. In this tutorial, you will learn how to cut a PCB trace and add a solder jumper between pads to reroute connections. You will also learn how to repair a trace with the green wire method if a trace is damaged.

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