SparkFun Inventor's Kit Experiment Guide - v4.1

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Resources and Going Further

Reference files and tutorials for the SIK are available here:


There are tons of sensors and shields you can hookup with your Arduino that will help take your projects to the next level. For more inspiration and ideas, check out these tutorials.

SIK Keyboard Instrument

We can use the parts and concepts in the SparkFun Invetor's Kit to make a primitive keyboard instrument.

Sensor Kit Resource Hub

An overview of each component in the SparkFun Sensor Kit, plus links to tutorials and other resources you'll need to hook them up.

Measuring Internal Resistance of Batteries

Classroom STEM activity that has students build a battery from a lemon, measure the open and closed circuit voltages, and determine the battery's internal resistance.

Light-Seeking Robot

We use parts from the SparkFun Inventor's Kit v4.0 to create a light-seeking robot that mimics the behavior of single-celled organisms.

Clap On Lamp

Modify a simple desk lamp to respond to a double clap (or other sharp noise) using parts from the SparkFun Inventor's Kit v4.0.

Endless Runner Game

We make a simple side-scrolling endless runner game using parts from the SparkFun Inventor's Kit v4.0.

Or check out these blog posts for ideas:

Adding Qwiic Functionality

If you have a RedBoard Qwiic, you can also connect to several I2C sensors and boards with our Qwiic system.

Qwiic Accelerometer (MMA8452Q) Hookup Guide

Freescale’s MMA8452Q is a smart, low-power, three-axis, capacitive micro-machined accelerometer with 12-bits of resolution. It’s perfect for any project that needs to sense orientation or motion. We’ve taken that accelerometer and stuck it on a Qwiic-Enabled breakout board to make interfacing with the tiny, QFN package a bit easier.

Qwiic Proximity Sensor (VCNL4040) Hookup Guide

The SparkFun Qwiic Proximity Sensor is a great, qualitative proximity (up to 20 cm) and light sensor. This hookup guide covers a few examples to retrieve basic sensor readings.

SparkFun GPS Breakout (ZOE-M8Q and SAM-M8Q) Hookup Guide

The SparkFun ZOE-M8Q and SAM-M8Q are two similarly powerful GPS units but with different project applications. We'll compare both chips before getting each up and running.

Qwiic Scale Hookup Guide

Create your own digital scale quickly and easily using the Qwiic Scale!

Here's some further reading that may help you along in learning more about the world of electronics with Arduino.

Installing an Arduino Library

How do I install a custom Arduino library? It's easy! This tutorial will go over how to install an Arduino library using the Arduino Library Manager. For libraries not linked with the Arduino IDE, we will also go over manually installing an Arduino library.

How to Power a Project

A tutorial to help figure out the power requirements of your project.

Arduino Shields

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

Choosing an Arduino for Your Project

Examining the diverse world of Arduino boards and understanding the differences between them before choosing one for a project.



For more hardware related tutorials, give these a read.

How to Solder: Through-Hole Soldering

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

Working with Wire

How to strip, crimp, and work with wire.

How to Use a Multimeter

Learn the basics of using a multimeter to measure continuity, voltage, resistance and current.

LilyPad Basics: E-Sewing

Learn how to use conductive thread with LilyPad components.

How to Work with Jumper Pads and PCB Traces

Handling PCB jumper pads and traces is an essential skill. Learn how to cut a PCB trace, add a solder jumper between pads to reroute connections, and repair a trace with the green wire method if a trace is damaged.

We also have additional kits available that cover different microcontrollers, development environments, and robotics.

SparkFun Inventor's Kit - v4.1

SparkFun Inventor's Kit - v4.1

KIT-15267
$99.95
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SparkFun JetBot AI Kit Powered by NVIDIA Jetson Nano

KIT-15365
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SparkFun micro:climate kit for micro:bit

SparkFun micro:climate kit for micro:bit

KIT-15301
$117.95
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SparkFun Inventor's Kit for Arduino Uno - v4.1

SparkFun Inventor's Kit for Arduino Uno - v4.1

KIT-15631
$109.95

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