SparkFun Inventor's Kit for Edison Experiment Guide

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Building the Block Stack

Before we can use the Edison in any of our circuits, we must first attach it to the Blocks in the kit. The Blocks stack in a particular order to work best with the kit.

Parts needed

You will need the following parts:

  • 1x Intel® Edison
  • 1x ADC Block
  • 1x Base Block
  • 1x GPIO Block
  • 1x Edison Hardware Pack
Don't have the kit? No worries! You can still have fun and follow along with these experiments. We suggest using the parts below:

COM-13187
9 Retired
SparkFun Block for Intel® Edison - Base

DEV-13045
$19.95
16

DEV-13038
4 Retired

DEV-13770
Retired

DEV-13024
25 Retired
NOTE: If you do not have the kit, you will need to solder male headers to the GPIO Block and female headers to the ADC Block.

Attach the Edison to the ADC Block

Open the Edison Hardware Pack. Put 2 screws through the mounting holes in the Edison, such that the screws' heads are facing up (we’ll call “up” the surface of the Edison with the “Intel® Edison” logo).

Screws through the Edison

Attach 2 standoffs to the screws sticking out the bottom of the Edison. Use the pocket screwdriver to carefully tighten the screws.

Standoffs on the Edison

Snap the Edison into the socket on the ADC Block. Make sure that the bottoms of the standoffs are protruding through the mounting holes on the ADC Block.

Edison and ADC Block

Screw 2 nuts onto the standoffs, securing the Edison to the ADC Block. You can use the pocket screwdriver to hold the screws in place while you tighten the nuts. Go slowly! The nuts can be tightened by hand, but it requires some finesse as they are quite small.

Nuts tightened on ADC Block

Attach the Base Block

Put 4 screws through the mounting holes on the corners of the ADC Block, such that the screws' heads are facing up (the same direction as the screws securing the Edison).

Screws in the ADC Block

Attach 4 standoffs to those screws. Use the pocket screwdriver to carefully tighten the screws.

Standoffs on the ADC Block

Snap the ADC Block (which has the Edison on top) into the socket on the Base Block. Make sure that the bottoms of the standoffs are protruding through the mounting holes on the Base Block.

Base Block attached to stack

Attach the GPIO Block

Attach 4 standoffs to the bottoms of the standoffs that are protruding from the mounting holes on the Base Block.

Standoffs attached to Base Block

Snap the Base Block (which has the ADC and Edison mounted on top) into the socket on the GPIO Block. Make sure that the bottoms of the standoffs are protruding through the mounting holes on the GPIO Block.

GPIO Block attached to stack

Screw the remaining 4 nuts onto the standoffs, securing the entire stack of Blocks together.

Nuts tightened on GPIO Block

Flip the entire stack around, and make sure it is in the following order:

  1. Edison
  2. ADC Block
  3. Base Block
  4. GPIO Block

Full Edison Block stack