SparkFun Inventor's Kit - v4.0

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 five overarching projects consisting of 16 interconnected circuits that teach everything from blinking an LED to reading sensors. The culminating project is your very own autonomous robot! No previous programming or electronics experience is required to use this kit.

The full-color, spiral-bound SIK guidebook (included) contains step-by-step instructions with circuit diagrams and hookup tables for building each project and circuit with the included parts. Full example code is provided, new concepts and components are explained at point of use, and troubleshooting tips offer assistance if something goes wrong.

The kit does not require any soldering and is recommended for beginners ages 10 and up. For SIK version 4.0 we took an entirely different approach to teaching embedded electronics. In previous versions of the SIK, each circuit focused on introducing a new piece of technology. With SIK v4.0, components are introduced in the context of the circuit you are building, and each circuit builds upon the last, leading up to a project that incorporates all of the components and concepts introduced throughout the guide. With new parts and a completely new strategy, even if you’ve used the SIK before, you’re in for a brand-new experience!

Get Started With the SparkFun Inventor's Kit v4.0 Experiment Guide

  • SparkFun RedBoard
  • Arduino and Breadboard Holder
  • SparkFun Inventor’s Kit Guidebook
  • White Solderless Breadboard
  • Carrying Case
  • SparkFun Mini Screwdriver
  • 16x2 White-on-Black LCD (with headers)
  • SparkFun Motor Driver (with Headers)
  • Pair of Rubber Wheels
  • Pair of Hobby Gearmotors
  • Small Servo
  • Ultrasonic Sensor
  • TMP36 Temp Sensor
  • 6' SparkFun USB Cable
  • Jumper Wires
  • Photocell
  • Tricolor LED
  • Red, Blue, Yellow and Green LEDs
  • Red, Blue, Yellow and Green Tactile Buttons
  • 10K Trimpot
  • Mini Power Switch
  • Piezo Speaker
  • AA Battery Holder
  • 330 and 10K Resistors
  • Binder Clip
  • Dual-Lock™ Fastener
  • Project 1: Light
    • Circuit 1A: Blinking an LED
    • Circuit 1B: Potentiometer
    • Circuit 1C: Photoresistor
    • Circuit 1D: RGB Night-Light
  • Project 2: Sound
    • Circuit 2A: Buzzer
    • Circuit 2B: Digital Trumpet
    • Circuit 2C: “Simon Says” Game
  • Project 3: Motion
    • Circuit 3A: Servo Motors
    • Circuit 3B: Distance Sensor
    • Circuit 3C: Motion Alarm
  • Project 4: Display
    • Circuit 4A: LCD “Hello, World!”
    • Circuit 4B: Temperature Sensor
    • Circuit 4C: “DIY Who Am I?” Game
  • Project 5: Robot
    • Circuit 5A: Motor Basics
    • Circuit 5B: Remote-Controlled Robot
    • Circuit 5C: Autonomous Robot

SparkFun Inventor's Kit - v4.0 Product Help and Resources

Endless Runner Game

November 28, 2017

We make a simple side-scrolling endless runner game using parts from the SparkFun Inventor's Kit v4.0.

Light-Seeking Robot

November 28, 2017

We use parts from the SparkFun Inventor's Kit v4.0 to create a light-seeking robot that mimics the behavior of single-celled organisms.

Clap On Lamp

November 28, 2017

Modify a simple desk lamp to respond to a double clap (or other sharp noise) using parts from the SparkFun Inventor's Kit v4.0.

SparkFun Inventor's Kit Experiment Guide - v4.0

November 15, 2017

The SparkFun Inventor's Kit (SIK) Experiment Guide contains all of the information needed to build all five projects, encompassing 16 circuits, in the latest version of the kit, v4.0a.

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Core Skill: Robotics

This skill concerns mechanical and robotics knowledge. You may need to know how mechanical parts interact, how motors work, or how to use motor drivers and controllers.

1 Robotics

Skill Level: Noob - You will be required to put together a robotics kit. Necessary parts are included and steps will be easy to follow. You also might encounter basic robotics components like bearings, mounts, or other hardware and need a general idea of how it goes together.
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Core Skill: DIY

Whether it's for assembling a kit, hacking an enclosure, or creating your own parts; the DIY skill is all about knowing how to use tools and the techniques associated with them.

1 DIY

Skill Level: Noob - Basic assembly is required. You may need to provide your own basic tools like a screwdriver, hammer or scissors. Power tools or custom parts are not required. Instructions will be included and easy to follow. Sewing may be required, but only with included patterns.
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Core Skill: Programming

If a board needs code or communicates somehow, you're going to need to know how to program or interface with it. The programming skill is all about communication and code.

2 Programming

Skill Level: Rookie - You will need a better fundamental understand of what code is, and how it works. You will be using beginner-level software and development tools like Arduino. You will be dealing directly with code, but numerous examples and libraries are available. Sensors or shields will communicate with serial or TTL.
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Core Skill: Electrical Prototyping

If it requires power, you need to know how much, what all the pins do, and how to hook it up. You may need to reference datasheets, schematics, and know the ins and outs of electronics.

2 Electrical Prototyping

Skill Level: Rookie - You may be required to know a bit more about the component, such as orientation, or how to hook it up, in addition to power requirements. You will need to understand polarized components.
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Rekindling with my EE student years

I bought this kit to see if I could get an idea I had prototyped. Having moved on from being an electrical engineer into Marketing and later Management, I was apprehensive as to whether I could still pull it off. This kit was a joy to use, taking me back to my student years and walking me through the paces of building and programming from scratch in such an easy way. It’s clear to see that the team at SparkFun really understands what it takes to introduce makers to the world of embedded systems and programming. I can only recommend this kit. Excellent job!

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Very cool kit with great manual/instruction booklet.

I went through a number of these projects on a family vacation and we built the final project - the mobile robot. Everything worked as advertized and we had no problems. I do have two suggestions, though. First, it seems odd to include the paper clip instead of a caster wheel. Also, it was quite disappointing that the manual did not include circuit diagrams for any of the projects. These diagrams are essential to teaching someone how the circuit works. The wiring diagrams are great, but they are nearly useless for this purpose. If these were included the in the manual, it would truly be outstanding.

Still, I loved the kit and the box in came in. Very clever to use two-sided tape to mount the motors. Love that absolutely everything you need (except scissors) was included in the kit to build everything. SparkFun rocks!

Awesome!

The projects are great. I had a lot of fun going through the booklet. Each lesson builds on each other and when you are done you will feel like a pro. All of the parts feel rigid and durable, great for students.

8 year old loves it!

Great little kit to get kid’s interested in electronics and coding. My 8 year old was completely excited by this kit and took to building the hardware very easily. Coding is something he will have to learn slowly. Good quality stuff and well worth the price.

This is a great kit

We are learning a lot!

Good mix of parts to play with and great instructions.

The Experiment Guide is well laid out and does an excellent job of walking even inexperienced people though how all of the components work and how to start with basic programming.

Great way to get into "It"

Great modular kit, that helps you to playfully understand and experiment with robotics We are setting up a robot manufacturing company in Spring Texas and this is a cute toy and mascot

Totally fun kit for learning

I enjoyed how the projects built on each other. There are a few bugs in the code…but that just added to the fun of figuring out how to get it to work.

Oh Baby! I'm having fun.

Oh Baby! is my sailboat. With the SparkFun inventor’s kit and an Arduino 9 axis sensor shield I have begun to build a heel/pitch/direction instrument with LCD display, I’m having fun learning but find it a bit frustrating getting information on the Arduino shield for now. Part of it is just being new and part seems to be lack of good documentation for that particular shield.

The SparkFun story motivated me to buy from your outlet and the kit has opened my eyes to a whole new world of adventure while the snow is falling.

Thanks to you and your team for providing a quality product at a reasonable price.

Kids are enjoying this kit

Our Scout troupe (Venturers) has thoroughly enjoyed building and experimenting with this kit. This has opened a new world to them.