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Starter Classes

Our passion for teaching electronics extends beyond the computer screen. We have a classroom in our headquarters (in Boulder, CO, USA) to teach a few workshops, and we've also been known to take the show on the road as well.

In the summer of 2013, we’ll be embarking on a national tour, spreading our electronics gospel throughout the country. For each stop on the tour we’ll be teaching one of three workshops:

Intro to Arduino

Go from blinking an LED to virtual prototyping in seven hours and still have time to eat lunch! This class is for anyone who has never played around with Arduino before and those who have played around a little bit but aren’t entirely sure about how the basics work. It’s easier than you think! We will put together basic single component electrical circuits, learn about analog and digital, input and output, basic programming concepts, practice very basic Serial communication, and briefly cover basic virtual prototyping. In case you haven’t noticed the key word here is basic.

SparkFun Inventor's Kit

PicoBoard and Scratch Programming

Combining Scratch -- a freeware, drag-and-drop, block-programming environment -- and the PicoBoard, students as young as five can learn how to integrate sensors into projects. They will learn things like how to use a light sensor to control the background of their animation, use a slider to control the speed of their character, and how to create their own sensors. Along the way they will also learn fundamental concepts like how the electricity functions in these sensors.


E-Textiles and Arduino

Wearable electronics (sometimes called e-textiles) is one of the latest trends in the embedded electronics world. With the ProtoSnap LilyPad Development Board, you’ll be introduced to sewable electronics through the LilyPad system, a technology developed through a partnership between SparkFun and MIT Professor Leah Buechley. This workshop includes everything you need to get students programming and sewing their own LilyPad creations.

LilyPad ProtoSnap

Visit our Classes page for information on upcoming events. We teach anything from squishy circuits (learning electronics with conductive play-doh) to how to design a circuit board.