Description: The SparkFun Inventor’s Kit (SIK) is a great way to get started with programming and hardware interaction with the Arduino programming language. The SIK includes everything you need to complete 16 circuits that will teach you how to read sensors, display information on an LCD, drive motors, and more. You don’t need any previous programming or electronics experience to use this kit.
The full-color SIK Guidebook (included) contains step by step instructions of how to connect each circuit with the included parts. Full example code is provided and explained and even includes troubleshooting tips if something goes wrong.
The kit does not require any soldering and is recommended for beginners ages 10 and up. Version 3.2 of the kit adds a new Simon Says circuit experiment with all the LEDs and tactile buttons you will need to complete it, and a new full-color guidebook.
Based on 43 ratings:
7 of 7 found this helpful:
I’ve never played with electronics much or micro controllers at all. I keep hearing about all of the wonderful projects people are making using the Arduino for prototyping and I wanted to try for myself. Now I have visions of an electronics workbench in my future, So many things I want to try. This is definitely an excellent kit. Wish you would come out with add on kits for it. Expansion sets would be awesome!
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I am a pretty experienced EE and so for me teaching these circuits is easy. I give some background, draw a few diagrams, and build the circuit in class and then give them some variations to tinker with for homework. That said for other collegues trying to teach anotehr class who aren’t as experienced are clueless as to what they should do or assign that isnt robotically read out of the sik guide, which the students could do by themselves. It would be cool if you made a Teacher kit and instructions and then a separate student kit and instructions. The teacher one could be more expensive too as it is a 1 time buy, and maybe you could drop the price of the student kit which most teachers buy in bulk anyways.
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The Sparkfun inventor’s kit is a great introduction to Arduino projects and programming. I had some hardware experience (built a CCD camera from a kit a few years back), but I wanted to learn the type of programming involved with this microprocessor. The instruction book + kit makes this very easy and allows for lots of experimentation in both the hardware and software. One component in the kit was faulty, but Sparkfun replaced it quickly with just an email. Highly recommended!
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All the parts are of good quality and the guide book is easy to follow with terrific diagrams making it very easy to execute the projects the instructions. I would recommend this to anyone interested in getting into electronics like I was, I found it to be very helpful in my learning. The case is also very nice to keep everything thing tidy and neat for storage when not using it.
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Bought this for my son (11) and he totally loves it. Spent many hours over christmas break making (and breaking) things. Worth the investment.
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I am teaching an “Introduction to Arduino Programming” class at one of our local ham radio clubs. We have students of all ages & backgrounds participating in our class. I am using the SparkFun RedBoard as the foundation for the class along with an AdaFruit Touch Shield V2 for the display. I purchased several Inventor’s Kits for the students to use in the various “lessons” that I have prepared for their guided learning. The Kits are especially valuable to me because they contain a nice variety of components. The included Guidebook is an excellent complement to the activities that I am having the students perform in the learning process. Those students who complete my “learning exercises” quickly & easily can further their learning by building the circuits in the Guidebook & learning the concepts presented by these as well. Thank you for assembling and offering the Inventor’s Kits for sale !!
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Excellent way to get started with the Arduino.
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The Inventors Kit is very professionally made. My students are enjoying the projects in their kits. We are on Circuit 4 so far.
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I’m sure the content is great, but to cram all that content into a relatively small book they used small enough print (often on a grey background) that I find difficult to read even with reading glasses. You’re making me feel old dude…
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This is a Christmas gift for my pre-engineering teen student, and we’ll be looking forward to digging in after it’s unwrapped Christmas morning! Keep up the great work Sparkfun!
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… i will use this to teach a high school students !
After a struggling time with getting the serial drivers, its working fine. I purched it to learn Arduino programming but all the header information does most the work for me. Probabley woulded buy it if I knew this ahead of time.
I have to say I loved it. We went through the 10 projects on the file. Each one of them show the wiring in color, in a very clever way to guide a student on making the proper connections. My wife really enjoyed playing with this stuff. She is now setting up a gardening system for their student’s sience fair and also making some changes to introduce Arduino into the Junior High Curricula. Thank you very much for a great and didactic product!
First, I am thankful the product arrive really quick. It looked complete and in good condition. I am sure it will be enjoyed. Thank you.
I bought the kit for my kids (10 and 8) to try and get them interested in electronics and robotics.
The kit has everything required to build complete projects, beginning to end, and also a full range of projects utilizing a variety of components, from LEDs to motors and display. The guide diagrams are very good in helping children wiring the solutions together. After going through a couple of projects with them, thay started wiring the projects in the book themselves and even learned how to upload the code; they now spend hours wiring and uploading; I believe this experience is both educational and helps them develop problem solving and troubleshooting skills.
Enjoying it thoroughly.
The Ardunio Inventors kit is working great! When can I get it for Raspberry Pi?
This kit is a fun return for this retired engineer’s roots of early kit building and experimenting for educational purposes. And I am about to order a Tektronix oscilloscope TBS-1052B-EDU and its associated coursework package. There are many posted lab units that use the Arduino as a signal source and test example. This will replace my 40 year old Heath Kit Oscilloscope that still works but old technology. Thanks to the Denver Post article, that introduced me to Sparkfun. Also have Photon kit on back order.
I am very excited with all kind of experiments can be done with this kit. A very good selection of sensors and actuators. I mounted all the projects and everythihg worked as expected. I loved it, specially the flex sensor, flexible potentiometer, servo and display simple projects.
Congrats for this excellent kit. I was also suroprised by the very fast shipping service. I live in Nicaragua, Central America, and this kit came in a week or so, faster than any other thing I have bought on line ever. Thanks.
In the States when I was growing up (80s-90s), nerdy kids were really only presented with Med school and Law school as careers. I totally missed out on engineering. When I discovered computers in graduate school, I really wanted to understand their low level operation and how they could interact with the physical world. This is a perfect kit to get started. My kids will not miss out on engineering like I did.
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The Kit is a lot of fun and would have given 5 stars if not for malfunctioning RGB led (Green wasn’t lighting up).
… because I am one. Great explanations and fun to learn/work with. The Arduino API is also nice, and the content sparkfun has created along with it is also awesome. Just had difficulties in the beginning getting the drivers to work on my Win 8.1. Took me a few good hours, but once it worked… it worked. Thanks, sparkfun! You’ll see more of me.
‘Cus it’s the only one I bought.
But it’s still pretty cool
Easy, well written great starter kit.
My son and I have been working through the labs and they are spot on. I would recommend just putting the importand code commands at the top then all the comments after.
This kit is perfect for inspiring young inventors or just someone (me) who wants to build a robot after retiring from the rat race. I had basic understanding of electronics, but this little kit has given me the tools I need to go to the next level.
Well thought out kit. Covers how to configure pins for digital, serial and analog control. Liked the red board and bread board on the mounting plate. Book is well written and illustrated. Over all great.
Now I’m ready to work on the remote semaphore signal project. Can’t wait for the pwm boards to arrive.
Got started at a presentation at Broomfield Library. I am retired and so I have been spending lots of time on the SIK. On Saturdays one of my daughters joins me on the SIK. I have had it for about 3 weeks now. I expect to make another order next week. Will get more parts for ME!!! May get an SIK for a granddaughter and a grandson also, I plan to order a small graphics LCD and other things.
I run a makerspace in Newport, WA. I was looking for something that had good beginner type projects as well as the possibility for growth beyond the book. This kit provides for that and more. The wide range of parts that come in the kit really have our kids thinking outside the box when it comes to projects. Additionally, the RedBoard’s Arduino compatibility allows us to piggyback any standard shield as well as our own circuits on a proto-shield. All in all a great product.
…when are you going to get breadboard friendly ones?
Love the redboard enhancements over regular arduino. Great set of components/sensors and excellent manual for all experience levels. If you’re serious about learning arduino skip all the “starter kits” and get this.
I’m having a lot of fun with the kit so far. My son and I are playing around with it and really enjoy the exercises. Only bit of advice, the instruction book shows the board and bread board on opposite sides since my Sparkfun label was upside down.
I’m a software developer and writing code comes easy to me but when it comes to building circuits and electronics I have no idea where to begin. I love how this kit walks me through designing and building so I understand what’s going on and how I can use those skills in future projects. I like how the kit has everything I need to get started.
‘Cus it’s the only one I bought.
But it’s still pretty cool
the electronics kit my father bought me in the ‘60’s, this one is a better value. The old one had a greater selection of primary components, one or two transistors (but no IC’s or LED’s) for which the jumpers were secured between the coils of springs.
I bought this for my nephew as an educational gift. He was mesmerized by the kit and would not put it down for days. It has definitely provided a spark in is interest in electronics. I could not be more pleased with the kits capabilities.
Circuit examples are straight forward and easy to follow. One thing that might be cool if the SIK Guidebook linked off to some of the Sparkfun tutorials for those that wanted to go more in depth with the nuts and bolts of things. All and all, a nice quality kit for getting started.
The SparkFun Inventor’s Kit v3.2 is a fantastic entry to the world of arduino and circuitry. My 8 year old son is soaking it all in and always looks forward to the next lesson. He can’t wait to get to the final lesson so he can start building his own circuits to do what he wants.