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Since we first started teaching with the SparkFun Inventor’s Kit (or SIK), we’ve seen some teachers and students do amazing things beyond what the kit teaches.

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In the SIK Capstone Contest, we invite you to enter your creations for a chance at over $1800 worth of prizes. Check out the rules and specifications below:


  • Capstone projects may only use sensors, actuators and devices included in one SIK
  • All other design and structural materials allowed
  • All materials beyond SIK should be less than $50 USD

Contest Entry

To enter the contest submit a 2-minute YouTube video showcasing your project! The video must include the following information:

  • Name of the project.
  • Explanation of the project.
  • Showcase functional project.

Entries will be accepted until April 13th, 2014 and we will announce winners on April 30th!

Prizes are as follows:

  • 1st Place - $1000 in SparkFun Credit
  • 2nd Place - $500 in SparkFun Credit
  • 3rd Place - $250 in SparkFun Credit
  • 4th-10th Place - $25 in SparkFun Credit

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Questions? Please leave them in the comments section below!

Comments 12 comments

  • My students are driving me crazy waiting for the results of this contest….. One kid is even twitching a little.

  • Hi i was planning on entering the contest, and i just noticed that you have rules posted regarding sensors and devices that do not come with the SIK kit. I have gone through an extensive amount of work and designing for my project, and i was devastated to find out that we were supposed to use only the components in the kit. The components i am using now that are not part of the kit is a RHT03 humidity sensor (from sparkfun), and relay module with 4 relays, both included in my $50 budget. Is there any chance at all i will still be able to enter the contest?

    • Hello -

      So long as your “extra” materials are less than the $50 spending limit, you are okay. The focus is to highlight project ideas that use as many components in the SIK, but we understand that there may be specific sensors / actuators that are simply not included in our kit. Please specify which components from outside the SIK are used and include a Bill of Materials to itemize your parts.


      • Awesome!! thank you so much! I was also wondering if i have already submitted my project, and i described what i had bought in the video, but i did not send an organized list of the materials i had bought, do i still need to?, and if so were do i send it to?

  • The SIK does not include a power supply. It is intended to run using the USB supplied power, which is very limited.
    Can we add a power supply (eg 5v5a) as one of the other ‘design and structural materials’

    Extra wires are also other design & structural materials, correct?

    • Yes. We did not specify things such as this, but auxiliary materials such as a power supply and wires can be grouped together under the “design and structural materials” category.

      We are excited to see your submissions! I’m sorry we did not respond to your comment sooner!

  • We’d like to have our RedBoard control a couple of computer fans. Are computer fans allowed in the contest?

  • Can we use anything that doesn’t come with the SIK, such as computer fans or power supplies?

    • Yes, this is allowable under the other ‘design and structural materials" category – so long as it is under the $50 spending limit.

  • Hey … my students had made a project which used the sik we use in class. but the project requires 5 flex sensors and 5 servos. we got all the material we want from the six sik we had with our six students. is it possible to make an entry?

    • Technically, this does not fall under the strictest sense of the rules. However, if the 4 flex sensors and 4 servos fall under the $50 spending limit for “materials beyond SIK,” your project will still be considered valid. That being said, we are still very excited to see this project you’ve created with 5 flex sensors and 5 servos! Please do share this with us!

  • Is this for K-12 or for college students too? Thanks!