The Arduino 101® Lab Pack includes 10 complete Inventor's Kits for Arduino 101 and two 101 refill packs. The kit has everything you need, including the Arduino 101 board, base plates, breadboards and all the parts needed for experiments. Each 101 SIK also includes everything you need to complete 21 circuits that will teach you how to control and read the on-board and external sensors, create Android applications to control your Arduino 101 board, detect and analyze different sounds, and much more.
SparkFun packages contain everything educators need to get started with the Arduino 101 board through a variety of experiments that fit different classroom settings and populations. The hardware boards, cables, and extra parts come pre-packaged. Examples and curriculum materials are available from SparkFun and Arduino, as well as from other educators involved in this growing embedded electronics teaching community.
The Lab Packs are SparkFun's classroom entry point. By combining our ProtoSnap, LilyPad, SparkFun Inventor's 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, which makes getting started as simple as opening your kit, 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 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: The Arduino 101 Lab Pack is now only restricted in Argentina, Brazil, China, Indonesia, Japan, Nepal, South Korea, and Taiwan. If you are in one of the aforementioned countries we apologize. Arduino is currently working on Trademark rulings in those areas. This product may be delayed by two to three business days to verify shipping address. We will contact you after you place your order if we need anything.
Note: The Real-Time Operating System (RTOS) and framework developed by Intel was scheduled to be open sourced in March 2016. It's not possible to interface with it directly; only the Arduino core can do it via static mailboxes.
Each Lab Pack Includes:
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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I just started using it. It is a great kit. Although there are couple of things to be addressed. 1. If you also include a guidebook in the kits, that would be great. Some students like that way. 2. When you upload a program, this arduino is not blinking to demonstrate uploading. If they could add this too, that would be better. 3. SIK Experiment samples are hard to add it into arduino. Instructions take time to complete this part. I needed to instruct students to copy and paste it. Is there any other way to make it easier access to and work with it?
I'm glad you're enjoying the kit! To your concerns, we didn't add a hard copy of the book to keep down costs, and save a tree or two. The lack of RX/TX blinking to indicate uploading is in the core firmware of the board, so that's beyond our control. And finally, for getting the example code, if you look in the Arduino IDE under File/Examples, you should see an entire section of "Examples for Arduino/Genuino 101". Simply click on the experiment you want, and it will open the code in a new window for you. In addition, the code for each experiment can be found and copied from our Online Experiment Guide, linked above. Happy Hacking!