SparkFun Inventor's Kit Guidebook - v4.1

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The full-color SparkFun Inventor's Kit Guidebook V4.1 contains step by step instructions with circuit diagrams and hookup tables for building each project and circuit. Full example code is provided, new concepts and components are explained at point of use, and troubleshooting tips offer assistance if something goes wrong. Once you make your way through all of the example circuits you will have a much better grasp on programming electronics!

For SIK version 4.1 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 v4.1, 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!

Note: This is just the manual for the SparkFun Inventor's Kit - v4.1. The kit itself or the individual parts used in this book will need to be purchased separately.

  • 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 Guidebook - v4.1 Product Help and Resources

Basic Character LCD Hookup Guide

May 28, 2019

Liquid crystal displays (LCDs) are a great way to output a string of words or sensor data to a display for visual feedback. In this tutorial, we'll learn about LCDs, how to print a strings of words to a 16x2 basic character LCD, create custom characters.

Measuring Internal Resistance of Batteries

May 5, 2016

Classroom STEM activity that has students build a battery from a lemon, measure the open and closed circuit voltages, and determine the battery's internal resistance.

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.

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.

SparkFun Inventor's Kit Experiment Guide - v4.1

August 8, 2019

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, v4.1.

How to Install CH340 Drivers

August 6, 2019

How to install CH340 drivers (if you need them) on Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux.

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