Description: The SparkFun Inventor’s Kit LabPack includes 10 complete Inventor’s Kits and 2 SIK refill packs. The kit has everything you need including RedBoards, base plates, breadboards and kit guides. Each SIK also 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.
SparkFun packages everything educators need to get started with this platform in a number of varieties that fit different classroom settings and populations. The hardware boards, cables, and extra parts come pre-packaged. Examples and curriculum material are available from SparkFun and Arduino as well as from other educators involved in this growing educational movement.
The LabPacks are SparkFun’s classroom entry point. By combining our ProtoSnap, LilyPad, SparkFun Inventors Kits or Arduino Compatible through-hole soldering kits with support materials SparkFun brings all the power of the open-source community to the classroom.
The Arduino programming environment is a free download making getting started as simple as opening your kits, opening a programming window on your computer, and loading example code to the microcontroller. Arduino is a model for the open source movement. All the basics in this C-based language are laid out in simple examples that students, teachers, and parents can understand and work with right from the start by accessing the example files in the programming environment. The community support offered by Arduino is second to none. Hundreds of examples of code are available for free online, and wiring examples for hardware are equally as easy to find. The Arduino hardware and software are C-based, and because of this they are easy to link to internet-based applications and common programs such as Excel, Matlab, LabView, and even POP3 mail applications. Also, Arduino has a free companion language, Processing, which gives users the ability to create very friendly interfaces that can graph, create gaming options, and do a dizzying amount of data visualization.
Each LabPack Includes:
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Nice variety of stuff that leads to a nice variety of different projects that are VERY well documented!!
My class is really having a good time with their Inventor’s Kits!!
I’ve been using the SparkFun Inventors Kits in my classroom for a few weeks and it has been a huge success. Both my students and I are enjoying working with the kits and learning more about electronics and circuitry. I am getting engagement from all of my students, including those who have displayed disinterest in previous classes with me.
The place where my major complaint lies is the lack of depth in the exercises in the accompanying book. While the circuits accomplish the goal of getting students hands-on with electronic hardware, the lack of depth frequently has my students flying through multiple circuits in a single class period. I would love to see supplemental instruction built around each circuit, including both some electronics/circuitry lessons, as well as some lessons in programming with this board.
I have been pushing my students to take circuits beyond their original design and have been trying to guide my students to understand the programs that are running each circuit, which I think they are beginning to find rewarding. It seems a shame that they are sort of designed to just plug n' play, rather than providing the full hardware and software view of computers.
That being said, these boards have still been a fun learning opportunity.