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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 kit does not require any soldering and is recommended for beginners ages 10 and up.

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.

Unfortunately, the mold used to create our SIK carrying cases broke during their last production when it moved from China to the United States. Therefore, all units of the SIK Special Edition will not have a the normal carrying case when you receive them, but instead one of our tried and true red boxes at a reduced price. However, anyone who buys this special edition SIK will receive an carrying case, in a separate shipment at no cost to you, when we have cases again. This creates the perfect opportunity to buy one of our classic SIKs at a reduced price without losing anything!

Note: All orders of this special edition will get a case shipped To the same address, at no cost, when the supply situation is resolved. Tentatively, this means cases shipped to you by March.

Circuit Examples:

  • Circuit 1: Blinking an LED
  • Circuit 2: Reading a Potentiometer
  • Circuit 3: Driving and RGB LED
  • Circuit 4: Driving Multiple LEDs
  • Circuit 5: Push Buttons
  • Circuit 6: Reading a Photo Resistor
  • Circuit 7: Reading a Temperature Sensor
  • Circuit 8: Driving a Servo Motor
  • Circuit 9: Using a Flex Sensor
  • Circuit 10: Reading a Soft Potentiometer
  • Circuit 11: Using a Buzzer
  • Circuit 12: Driving a Motor
  • Circuit 13: Using Relays
  • Circuit 14: Using a Shift Register
  • Circuit 15: Using an LCD
  • Circuit 16: Simon Says

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Excellent teaching resource

I bought these kits to use in teaching basic electronics and programming to 10+ year old children. The instructions are clear and most attendees had no problem following them without assistance. Sparkfun has put together a great kit at a great price. I highly recommend this kit over other kits.

Great learning tool!

Has everything I need to start learning about Arduino programming. My ultimate goal is to build a programmable camera slider for my DSLR. This kit is a great start.

Use it with students in a class

Perfect introduction and they learn it on their own in their own time allowing class time to be focused on projects.

Great product, except a few issues

I love this product - it’s giving me the spark to program again, as well as relearn circuitry. Problems I’ve had, however:

the SIK guide ended up being wrong for experiment 15. It took a bit of research on why the display didn’t show anything. I Found an alternative wiring setup which I used to test, and then modified it to add back in the trimpot to fine tune. Combining that code with the SIK code, and I got a lot more functionality.

The breadboard refuses to hold the resistors & diodes included with the kit tightly. If you buy the kit and have problems with any of the SIK projects, tap the resistors. They’ll power up clean.

There was a few questionable components in my kit, three dead LEDs for instance, but everything important for the experiments worked.

I would have liked to see Experiment 7 & 15 combined together. It’s neat to have the LCD display and the serial monitor working together.

Excited to learn!

A well rounded kit for beginners.

Great starter kit!

Simple, projects that do a great job introducing what the arduino can do. The package is very well put together and with the code examples really help step through and show both hardware and software examples. Really well thought out and presented!

Great quality and fast shipment

Beautiful equipment and easily explained

Awesome kit that covers a LOT of ground

Purchased my kit to take part in a “maker” class. This kit was packed nicely–with several introductory “gizmos” that I’m still pleased & surprised were included. And the documentation is VERY nicely laid out in an easy-to-read format so that it’s easy to follow the instructions as well as easy to understand the lesson. I’m very impressed with this kit and will recommend it and/or buy it as a gift for others. Very nicely done.

PS I found it was easy enough to put an ethernet shield on my RedBoard to get it online. In my opinion, between SparkFun, Adafruit, and the Arduino sites, it’s easy to find all the parts and instructions needed to extend these kits to wherever you need to take them.

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SIK Experiment Guide for Arduino - V3.2

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