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 on-line SIK Digital Guide (in the Documents section below) 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.
The kit does not require any soldering and is recommended for beginners ages 10 and up. This International version includes the new Simon Says circuit experiment found in the V3.2 SIK with all the LEDs and tactile buttons you will need to complete it, the kit also replaces the SparkFun RedBoard for the tried and true Arduino Uno and removes the SIK Guidebook and carrying case. With these parts being swapped and removed we were able to reduce the overall size and weight of the kit making shipping cheaper and easier for anyone ordering it internationally.
Note: As stated above, this SIK does NOT include a carrying case. If you would like to purchase one separately they can be found in the Recommended Products below.
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.
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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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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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.
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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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.
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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There are scores of sites online where one can purchase Arduino boards and especially electronic components. What sets SparkFun apart is the professionalism of the pre- and post-sales technical support staff. I feel very good about giving my money to a company that fosters such a great culture for their people.
This kit is really going to jump start my long delayed electronics and micro-controller explorations. Thanks for putting this all together.
Definitely a great pack for someone looking to get started w/ Arduino.
Very good starter kit. The instructions were easy to follow (even though I had to download them), and the projects are interesting. Unfortunately, the screws that came with it don't fit in the arduino's mounting brackets. Other than that, no issues what so ever.
Components are all working and working great
I never was really far into Ardunio, because i never knew what to buy and at what price but, this is the best electronics kit iv'e ever owned. and yes, they do have a carrying case, which I also bought.
Great kit, I found a ton of uses for it all ready.
Everything worked right out of the box. The SIK Digital Guide is a great step-by-step introduction to all the various hardware components in the kit.
I'd like to see more breadboard wires and buttons in the kit. It's very easy to use them all up as soon as you move onto more complicated projects than are in the SIK Digital Guide.
I am enjoying learning about the Arduino Uno with the Sparkfun Inventor's kit. I wish there was a student guide that was specific to the Uno included and that was in color. I realize, however, that cost may be a factor there. Box is a little small when we try to put stuff back. Other than that, we are having a great time. Thanks!
The kit comes with everything you need to understand the basics of interfacing with Arduino and its functionalities. What I liked much about the kit were the little projects that can be done using the kit with its components which in fact give you a comprehensive introductory background of how to play around with Arduino ports to control external connected devices. I do recommend the kit for beginners or professionals who want to refresh their memories of dealing with microcontrollers
The kit comes with lots of sensors and the starter guide on the webite is awesome. I have been learning together with my 3yr old ànd my 7yr old. The 7yr old can even read the wiring diagrams by herself.
I'm working through the "tutorial" activities in the guide available online through SparkFun. Only on the 4th activity (still working with LEDs) but I'm learning a lot. Neat little starter kit.
Lots of bang for the buck. Excellent choice of lessons to help enter the Arduino world.
Documentation is is excellent
I was looking to source a kit to use in my intro to engineering class, this one will be outstanding - mostly because of the well written and illustrated manual. A novice should be able to get these projects working.
Also - mac friendly!
Recommend that you purchase a poly parts box. Including one would be a nice touch.
I've noticed in the class I'm taking other kits come with a very detailed information book that would helpful. Otherwise seems to be a good kit. I did download the SparkFun pdf but it needs more detail.
I've really enjoyed learning the Arduino with this kit and everything has worked great. The mount is handy and the SIK projects have been very helpful in learning how to use each component. There are also some tutorial series on YouTube which utilize this kit making learning really easy.
Why SparkFun? If you search the web, you will find cheaper kits direct mailed from China. From a friends experience, the parts arrived in a bag and that's it. No support documentation, no libraries, no sample projects, and realistically no returns. That doesn't provide a very good learning experience in my opinion.
Have fun building!
It almost got 5 stars! First, everything you need is in there, it's a wonderful pile of parts! The only disappointment I had was with the tutorials, every single picture, the orientation of the UNO to the breadboard is reversed, leading to a lot of checking and double-checking on what pin is going where.
I received the SparkFun Inventor's Kit and held it for a couple days. I was very interested in opening the box, but it was for my son's birthday. Wow! Upon watching my son open it, he had a glow about him. He opened the box and started sorting through the included items. No other gifts mattered at that point. :-)
As he was creating his second project we noticed we did not have enough LED's. The picture of the SIK V3.2 shows 5 of each color. we received three of each color. :-(
Other than that we are so pleased with SparkFun company.
Thank you so much for providing this technology. It has been a joy to learn and create!!!
Projects are fun and you learn alot. Can't wait to make my own projects.
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Hi. Any chance I can get one of these in time for Christmas?
Can you provide this kit without the arduino? I already have one and would love to purchase this sensor bundle minus the arduino.
Any idea when this should be available again please? Just asking for a guess: days, weeks, months? thanks!
From this page and the Arduino page: (Long story short: It's getting harder to get through hole ATmega chips and also this version has additional stuff to play with)
"This ... version includes the new Simon Says circuit experiment found in the V3.2 SIK with all the LEDs and tactile buttons you will need to complete it, the kit also replaces the SparkFun RedBoard for the tried and true Arduino Uno..."
"Special SMD Version: Because Atmel is moving more and more of their production capacity to surface mount ICs, the DIP packaged ATmega is becoming more and more difficult to get. To keep up with demand, we now offer the Arduino Uno R3 with an SMD ATmega. The board is identical to the PTH version of the Uno, but you won’t be able to remove the ATmega.......... "
I'm wondering why replace the RedBoard? I don't know much about either the RedBoard or the UNO. What is different between them?
A lot of our international customers and distributors were not as use to the Redboards and kept requesting the Uno so we made a kit especially for them. As for the differences between the two really we took the parts we liked best from the Uno, tweaked the parts we liked not as well and made the Redboard. Also, because we make the Redboard we can sell it cheaper than the Uno and have better version control. But both boards use the ATMEga328 with the same bootloader on them. Both boards are programmed with the Arduino IDE using the "Arduino Uno" board type. For the most part the user should not be able to tell the difference.