LilyPad Lab Pack

The ProtoSnap LilyPad Development Board is a good way to introduce and explore e-textiles. This LabPack includes everything you need to get students programming and sewing their own LilyPad creations.

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.

Note: This item may take longer to process due to battery installed in the equipment and therefore does not qualify for same-day shipping policy. Additionally, these batteries can not be shipped via Ground or Economy methods to Alaska or Hawaii. Sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.


LilyPad Lab Pack Product Help and Resources

Adapting LilyPad Development Board Projects to the LilyPad ProtoSnap Plus

May 24, 2018

An overview of the updates made in the redesign of the LilyPad Development Board to the LilyPad ProtoSnap Plus and how to adapt code written for the old board to the new one.

LilyPad Development Board Activity Guide

December 7, 2017

Learn how to program in Arduino with the LilyPad Development Board. This guide includes 11 example activities that use the pre-wired LilyPad boards on the LilyPad Development Board.

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.


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.

1 Electrical Prototyping

Skill Level: Noob - You don't need to reference a datasheet, but you will need to know basic power requirements.
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  • Member #832119 / about 8 years ago / 1

    Does this kit come with lithium batteries for the lilypad dev board?

    • M-Short / about 8 years ago / 1

      Yes, there are batteries for each board included.

  • Hello, how long this activity require? Is there a curriculum/activity guide? Thanks

  • Member #378031 / about 10 years ago / 1

    This is a great deal for this product! But as an educator, I'm going to need 2-3 of these packs for my program. Since there appears to only be one in stock right now, approx. how long is the wait-time for re-stocking?

    • M-Short / about 10 years ago / 1

      Because these don't sell quickly we don't tend to make more than 1 or 2 packs at a time. As long as we have the parts in stock it should only be a few days to assemble the pack, but email for more information on lead times.

  • Member #522379 / about 10 years ago / 1

    It's really great that you're offering this all bundled up now! Are you ever planning to do the same with the LilyPad ProtoSnap Simple, though? We find it's much easier to introduce e-textiles to younger students when we're using the ProtoSnap Simple rather than the full ProtoSnap. It would also probably be a little cheaper. :)

  • Member #114247 / about 10 years ago / 1

    What are the USB cables for? You would still need a FTDI programmer to talk to the LilyPad Arduino, correct?

    • Yup, and each protosnap board comes with an FTDI programmer. The USB cables would need to be purchased separately if buying all of the components individually.

  • Member #505418 / about 10 years ago / 1

    I need this product. But, it is so expensive. Can you do me a sale? thanks

  • BunnyProf / about 11 years ago / 1

    This is a great value compared to buying the components separately. I wish it came with IC hooks instead ( as my students are tearing apart the contacts on their Lilypads. Additionally, smaller children, especially those with little hand strength or coordination find the alligator clips very hard to open.

  • Member #522027 / about 10 years ago / 0

    I am thinking this purchase through very carefully. I agree with Member #522379. I would like to see a younger elementary (3/4 grade) kit that has 24 Lilypad ProtoSnap Simples, the conductive thread, the needle sets, some copper tape. Any chance?

    • Member #728692 / about 8 years ago / 1

      I agree with Member #522379 and Member #522027- we need a lab set geared at the younger grades! Lilypad ProtoSnap Simples would make an excellent bundle.

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