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SparkFun Inventor's Kit for Arduino

Replacement:KIT-10173. The new version of the kit includes the Arduino Uno. This page is for reference only.

This new version of the SparkFun Inventor's Kit (SIK) now includes a flex sensor, a softpot, and a newer better trimpot with all new overlays! And, this kit finally includes the fabled Arduino and breadboard holder! The SparkFun Inventor's Kit for Arduino is a box of goodies to get the very beginner started with programmable electronics. It includes all the bits you need to build 12 basic circuits, no soldering required! On top of that, we've joined forces with Oomlout to offer a small booklet to get you started. The SIK comes with everything pictured and a 36 page color printed 'starter' guide. The guide will take a complete novice and get them:

  • Blinking LEDs
  • Controlling a toy motor
  • Controlling a servo
  • Making (bad) music
  • Responding to buttons
  • Twisting a volume knob
  • Detecting ambient light
  • Reading temperature
  • Controlling big devices
  • Mixing LED colors

    We believe these to be the building blocks of any electronics project. Once these concepts are mastered, very impressive projects are possible using simple recombinations.

Note: This product is a collaboration with Oomlout. A portion of each sales goes back to them for product support and continued development.



  • Arduino Duemilanove USB
  • Printed 36-page Oomlout manual
  • 12 color circuit overlays
  • Clear Bread Board
  • 74HC595 Shift Register
  • 2N2222 Transistors
  • 1N4001 Diodes
  • DC Motor with wires
  • Small Servo
  • 5V Relay
  • TMP36 Temp Sensor
  • Flex sensor
  • Softpot
  • 6' USB Cable
  • Jumper Wires
  • Photocell
  • Tri-color LED
  • Red and Green LEDs
  • 10K Trimpot
  • Piezo Buzzer
  • Big 12mm Buttons
  • 330 and 10K Resistors
  • Male Headers

    No soldering required. We recommend this kit for beginners ages 10 and up.



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  • I love this kit but i got mine about 3 or 4 days before you released the new version.

    • there isn't much difference. for the sake of the kit, there's no difference at all. the new one just has the new arduino, but it doesn't impact the actual projects in the kit at all.

  • I think it would be good to add sme green and blue leds to this kit. Also, a 10 segment red bar graph, and maybe an alphaneumeric display wouls be great, too. Last, but not least, maybe a 4-digit 7-segment display? It does sound like a lot now that i look back on it, but it would be a nice addition.

    • Luka / about 14 years ago / 1

      Lol, that's almost exactly the stuff I've got in my cart other than this kit! You could just add the extra stuff yourself, I don't see why they would be put in this kit.

      • Nakor / about 14 years ago / 1

        Yeah I definitely prefer to pick out the extra stuff myself.

        • Just throwing it out there... Maybe an LED starter kit of something??? With the resistors to hook them up to +5V?
          Like a bunch of LEDs in a little kit... Easy to get a few lights up and running quickly...
          5 Red Leds
          5 Green Leds
          5 Blue Leds
          5 Yellow Leds
          2 RGB Leds
          1 10 Segment Bar Graph
          1 4 Digit 7 Segment Display
          1 Alpha-Neumeric Display
          All resistors needed to connect the above to +5V.

    • That is a lot extra to add. It would drive up the price a bit too much. You can always order all that stuff extra!

  • Luka / about 14 years ago / 1

    Yay, finally it includes the holder! Now I can order!
    By the way, same question as Nakor, will you be updating the kit by switching the Duemilanove with the Uno?

    • Of course. It's just that we have a bunch of the others still around. Plus, for beginner's there's not much different functionally, especially for the kit. But of course we will be transitioning over to the Uno.

      • Luka / about 14 years ago / 1

        In that case, I'll be waiting, hopefully not too long. (Yeah, I know there's not really a difference for a beginner like me, but still...)

  • Nakor / about 14 years ago / 1

    This lists "Arduino Duemilanove USB". I think this should be updated. Going by the front page, this kit comes with the Uno. Am I wrong?

    • Nakor / about 14 years ago / 1

      I am wrong. I totally read that wrong. Will this kit be coming with the Uno or should I build my own kit if I really want the Uno?

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