Raspberry Pi 3 B+ Starter Kit

There's a lot of Raspberry Pi information going around lately. Whether it’s Pi 3, Zero, Zero W or one of the many previous iterations, any forum will have thousands of people giving all the answers possible to a problem. Though most methods work for any version, it can be tough to decide which information to choose. The Raspberry Pi 3 B+ Starter Kit is a great way to gain a solid introduction to the small, credit-card-sized computer. With this kit you will be able to get your Raspberry Pi 3 B+ connected through our SparkFun Pi Wedge to a breadboard and, by utilizing the RPi's 40-pin GPIO, will be able to control pushbuttons, LEDs and a host of user-created circuits.

The online guides and tutorials we will be providing for the kit and the full release of the RPi 3 B+ will contain step-by-step instructions for how to set up your Raspberry Pi and how to program it in a variety of languages.

This kit will not require any soldering and is recommended for anyone with a drive to learn more about the Raspberry Pi and its programming. So if you are looking for a new challenge or a way to get in on the RPi craze, check out the Raspberry Pi 3 B+ Starter Kit!

Raspberry Pi 3 B+ Starter Kit Product Help and Resources

Raspberry Pi 3 Starter Kit Hookup Guide

April 11, 2016

Guide for getting going with the Raspberry Pi 3 Model B and Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+ starter kit.

Graph Sensor Data with Python and Matplotlib

July 23, 2018

Use matplotlib to create a real-time plot of temperature data collected from a TMP102 sensor connected to a Raspberry Pi.

Introduction to MQTT

November 7, 2018

An introduction to MQTT, one of the main communication protocols used with the Internet of Things (IoT).

How to Use Remote Desktop on the Raspberry Pi with VNC

July 9, 2018

Use RealVNC to connect to your Raspberry Pi to control the graphical desktop remotely across the network.

Setting up a Raspberry Pi 3 as an Access Point

April 23, 2018

This guide will show you how to configure a Raspberry Pi as an access point and connect it to your local Ethernet network to share Internet to other WiFi devices.

Python GUI Guide: Introduction to Tkinter

August 13, 2018

Tkinter is the standard graphical user interface package that comes with Python. This tutorial will show you how to create basic windowed applications as well as complete full-screen dashboard examples complete with live graph updates from matplotlib.

Computer Vision and Projection Mapping in Python

February 6, 2019

Use computer vision to detect faces and project images on top of them.

How to Run a Raspberry Pi Program on Startup

September 18, 2018

In this tutorial, we look at various methods for running a script or program automatically whenever your Raspberry Pi (or other Linux computer) boots up.

Raspberry gPIo

October 29, 2015

How to use either Python or C++ to drive the I/O lines on a Raspberry Pi.

Python Programming Tutorial: Getting Started with the Raspberry Pi

June 27, 2018

This guide will show you how to write programs on your Raspberry Pi using Python to control hardware.

RetroPie stock image not working?

As of March 16th 2018, the RetroPie SD image hasn't been updated for the new Raspbian distribution that was released for the Raspberry Pi 3B+. You will need to manually install RetroPie on a fresh/new Rasobian Stretch distribution. You will not be able to use the provided RetroPie SD image (from their download page). If you want to swap the SD card from your (previous generation) Raspberry Pi directly into the new Raspberry Pi 3B+, you will need to upgrade it first, but I have yet to get that working.

sudo apt update
sudo apt upgrade

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.

3 Programming

Skill Level: Competent - The toolchain for programming is a bit more complex and will examples may not be explicitly provided for you. You will be required to have a fundamental knowledge of programming and be required to provide your own code. You may need to modify existing libraries or code to work with your specific hardware. Sensor and hardware interfaces will be SPI or I2C.
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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.

2 Electrical Prototyping

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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An excellent Pi kit

An excellent kit put together by SparkFun. Everything you need to get started interfacing the Pi to the outside world.


It's a pity that you still put a US adaptor in the kit even if the shipping adres is in Europe.

Great gift

This was a gift for my nephew who would like to learn to program. I wasn't sure if he'd be able to do much with it, but after only about an hour he sent me a video of him "geeking out" (his words) with it!
Excellent product and it had plenty of instruction in case he encounters problems with it in the future. I believe this is the third or fourth gift I've sent this nephew from SparkFun and he has been thrilled with each and every gift!

I got exactly what I was looking for ...

It is a suitable tool to introduce us in the development of projects and learn to use the raspberry ...

All what you need to start with Raspberry

This kit saves a lot of time thinking what you need to start building with Raspberry. Also is cheaper than buying everything apart.

Love this kit

As an old guy, this kit is just what I need to catch up on my knowledge of electronics. I grew up learning circuits on the old Radio Shack 50-in-1 and 100-in-1 educational sets. I learned so much. My son enjoys learning as well and the accessories will keep us occupied for quite a while.