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SparkFun Mini Inventor's Kit for Redboard
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Learns or Teaches Arduino without any Line of Code #2
by Gustavo Reynaga

Description: The SparkFun Mini Inventor’s Kit (SMIK) is a great way to get started with programming and hardware interaction with the Arduino programming language. This mini SIK includes everything you need to complete 8 circuits that will teach you how to blink an LED, read sensors, drive servos, 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 miniature version of the SIK includes the first 8 experiments of our full sized SIK to make it cheaper and more practical for beginning and interested users.

Circuit Examples:

  • Circuit 1: Blinking an LED
  • Circuit 2: Reading a Potentiometer
  • Circuit 3: Driving and RGB LED
  • Circuit 4: Driving Multiple LEDs
  • Circuit 5: Push Buttons
  • Circuit 6: Reading a Photo Resistor
  • Circuit 7: Reading a Temperature Sensor
  • Circuit 8: Driving a Servo Motor

Kit includes:


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Customer Comments

  • A great value for me considering I was going to buy some of those parts separate before I found this. It’s just a shame the didn’t include their translucent red breadboard (looks WAY better) instead of the white one ;). Well, I can’t complain with this good of value. I will just have to buy the red one separate. After all, it’s only $5 more or something like that. Besides, it can’t hurt to have an extra breadboard on hand, even if it doesn’t look as good.

  • how much is total weight of the kit?

    • While not necessarily an accurate net value the weight used for shipping calculations (can be found in the json/csv, top right corner of the page) suggests 0.7692lbs (~350g)

Customer Reviews

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It works.

It starts up and I can plug things into it and it makes those things start up.


great value for beginner

great value for a beginner in electronics. has lots of potential, a few buttons and such to start understanding how it all works. recommend it to first timers like myself. it was easy to get it up and going and to do the few sketches and hooking it up to sparkfun’s accelerometer was a sinch

Most fun I have had learning programming

Great product, Great tech support, and a Great American Company

Great for Class

The Mini Inventor’s kit is perfect for my Making Digital Lighting Controls class. This class is mostly focused on software. The kit has enough components for basic input and output which, along with an ethernet shield, is all that is needed for students to get hands on experience with various control protocols.

Great way to get started with Arduino

This is a great affordable kit to get started with Arduino, especially if you have some prototyping experience. The online tutorials available through Sparkfun are most excellent and made this super easy to use!