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Description: The PicoBoard allows you to create interactions with various sensors. Using the Scratch programming language, you can easily create simple interactive programs based on the input from sensors. The PicoBoard incorporates a light sensor, sound sensor, a button and a slider, as well as 4 additional inputs that can sense electrical resistance via included cables.

Designed for educators and beginners, the PicoBoard is a good way to get into the very basics of programming and reading sensors.

Be aware that four sets of alligator clips are included, however a miniUSB cable is not included. If you don’t already have a miniUSB cable lying around make sure to pick one up. You can find the SparkFun miniUSB cable in the Recommended Products section below.

Note: The PicoBoard is a derivative work of the Scratch Sensor Board. More information can be found here and the design license can be found here.


  • 1x PicoBoard
  • 4x Tall Silicone Bumpers
  • 4x 2.5mm Audio Cable to Dual Alligator Clip


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  • Have you considered making a cheaper version without the built in sensors that just has the four inputs that can sense electrical resistance? we really only use those in workshops and schools and it would be terrific to try to get the cost to $20-25

  • I just bought a picoboard. It seems to have configured sensors fine except slider which is showing a value between 66 and 66.9 fluctuating crazily. Should I return it to retailer or is there a fix?

  • I want to ask is this Picoboard compatible with scratch 2.0 because none of the other Picobords worked with 2.0 just 1.4?

  • Are there windows 8.1 drivers for this board? An ftdi driver? I purchased this for my friends grandson but they can’t locate a driver.

  • Can you please confirm you will still be making this product? Someone said it had been discontinued!

    • Yes, we currently have no plans to discontinue this product. We did update it so technically the old version is discontinued, but the changes were basically internal (better button, cleaned up some things on the board, etc.)

  • EDIT: ==>Make sure the latest drivers are installed: ==>Hard Reboot your system (Shut it down and turn it back on) after installing everything.

    Now this works great! All except for one machine, which is still a mystery…

    This still works in Scratch 1.4 as well. You’ll need to install the drivers as well, and also make sure to select which serial port you want to use by right-clicking on the reporter block.

    We are having issues trying to get this to work on our MacBook Airs. Doing a wide sweep of potential solutions. We are using Scratch 2.0 online version and have followed the instructions for installing the plugin. We get notice that the plugin has been installed, but whenever we plug the board in we don’t get any sort of feedback. It reads as all sensors HIGH or LOW, even without the board plugged in.

    We are using Macbook Air, OSx 10.8.5/4 (mix), Safari 6.0.5, Flash

    Any help or pointers would be appreciated, thank you. We are attempting to run a class of 19 students for a week starting in 5 days.

    • This is likely due to the fact that Scratch 1.x is based on Squeak Smalltalk, and 2.x is based on Adobe Flash. The Scratch 1.x branch is still actively being developed by the Squeak community and is even expanding to Raspberry Pi.

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