We've launched a new way for educators (or anyone, really) to tailor our products to their needs.
For the past few years, SparkFun has been helping some of the top engineering schools create custom hardware kits for their courses. With increased demand for these specialized kits, we decided to offer this option as a simple online process for all educators who want to tailor materials to their needs. Custom kits are great for classrooms, summer camps or any place where you need a quantity of specific materials for groups or individuals.
The aim of the Custom Kit Marketplace is to allow a professor, instructor or group (or partner, distributor or customer) to choose from over 2000 items to make a unique kit for a class or event. Once the kit request has been approved, a new part number will be assigned to the kit and posted on a custom page where students or individuals are able to purchase it.
Several educators have already leveraged the marketplace for their classes; here's what two educators from Northeastern University have to say:
One project my students built based on our custom kit is an interactive, electronic game, puzzle, or educational exhibit. Each team's project is installed for an afternoon at the Boston Children’s Museum, where all museum attendees can enjoy it.
"With the SparkFun kit, the students are able to build mini versions of what they see in the real world. We do activities such as building a thermostat, a traffic light with the pedestrian control, an intruder alarm. My students also use the kit to enhance their open-ended final term museum exhibit project themed in resiliency. Some of the projects are a passive solar house, post-earthquake recovery motion sensor and a solar powered backpack."
We hope this new service makes life easier; learn more about how the process works or create your own kit at our Custom Kit Marketplace!