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