Arduino Starter Kit

Replacement:DEV-09905. This kit has been retired. It has now been replaced with the Arduino Starter Kit - Flex. The new kit contains a flex sensor instead of the Force Sensitive Resistor. This product page is here for historical purposes.

The Arduino Starter Kit is a great gift for beginners and weathered professionals alike. Included is a multitude of inputs, outputs, and sensors to get you started in the wonderful world of Arduino. Checkout all the included goodies:


  • Arduino Duemilanove ATmega328 - the latest Arduino USB board, fully assembled and tested.
  • 6' USB A to B cable - USB provides power for up to 500mA (enough for most projects) and is ample length to connect to your desktop or laptop USB port.
  • Miniature breadboard - Excellent for making circuits and connections off the Arduino. Breadboard may come in various colors.
  • Male to Male jumper wires - These are high quality wires that allow you to connect the female headers on the Arduino to the components and breadboard.
  • Force Sensitive Resistor 0.5" - A sensor that will vary its resistance depending on the amount of pressure (range of 100g to 10kg) being applied to its circular sensing area.
  • Photocell - A sensor to detect ambient light. Perfect for detecting when a drawer is opened or when night-time approaches.
  • Thermistor - A sensor for detecting ambient temperature and temperature changes.
  • Tri-Color LED - Because everyone loves a blinky. Use this LED to PWM mix any color you need.
  • Basic LEDs - Light emitting diodes make great general indicators.
  • Linear trim pot - Also known as a variable resistor, this is a device commonly used to control volume, contrast, and makes a great general user control input.
  • Buzzer - Make wonderful, brain splitting noises, alarms, and possibly music!
  • 12mm button - Because big buttons are easier to hit.
  • 330 Ohm Resistors - 5 current limiting resistors for LEDs, and strong pull-up resistors.
  • 10k Ohm Resistors - These make excellent pull-ups, pull-downs, and current limiters.

    Looking for that perfect Sparkfun gift? Check out our Gift Guide!

**Note: **As of 1/14/10 we've removed the Piezo sensor from this kit and replaced it with an FSR. We've also added a few 10kOhm resistors.



Looking for answers to technical questions?

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  • knightrox / about 15 years ago / 2

    hi i love this kit

  • EyeTic / about 15 years ago / 2

    If you order this kit as separate pieces (SparkFun provided us with links) it's actually almost 5 bucks cheaper! And if you look around your house and find a standard USB A-B, that's another 4 bucks. Best thing about separate purchase is that you can change parts.
    I got this kit and it's tons o' fun!
    Two things worth mentioning: I took the Breadboard Small instead of the provided Breadboard Mini and still it feels a bit small, so taking Mini would've been a sad experience for me. Second, I got only the M/M Jumper Wires that came with the kit and they're ultra useful, but! I often wish I'd have some wires with an F side. So consider getting some F/F, or M/F ones.
    Have fun!

  • SlyVixsky / about 14 years ago / 1

    didnt this kit used to include the getting started book?

    • No - I don't think we've ever included that book. You may be thinking of Maker Shed's kit or someone else.

  • dew-genen-ny / about 15 years ago / 1

    Agree with MattB - it's fairly annoying that you don't include a 10k resistor with kit.... sitting here with my new kit, new to electronics so no extra components sitting around.... and I can't do anything with the thermistor... unless of course I'm mistaken which is quite possible..... anyways, if you're buying this, don't forget some 10k resistors as well

    • Hi - just an FYI, the kit does contain a 10k resistor for use as a part of a resistor divider for the FSR, light sensor, and thermistor. Double check the color codes on the resistors you received. If we screwed up, by all means let us know and we'll get you the correct resistors!

  • SE / about 15 years ago / 1

    Does the starter kit also come with instructions or tutorials & exercises?

    • This kit unfortunately does not include any docs or supporting tutorials. This kit was designed for educators and hackers that create their own materials.

  • Plystire / about 15 years ago / 1

    Just got my kit in today, along with the protoshield that I also ordered.
    I was new to soldering so it took a while, but after getting the protoshield completely put together (following a tutorial that used Male Headers as well as female headers... which wasn't too helpful since the protoshield offered here only comes with the female headers now :S) I was ready to get the protoshield attached to the arduino and ran into a problem... the protoshield wasn't aligning properly with the headers on the arduino! I knew that I had soldered the headers into the correct areas, and figured I might have misaligned one of mine but they were all fine. I came to find out that one of the female headers on the arduino board wasn't flush with the board itself and was causing the problem!!
    How do I fix this?? All of the leads are soldered (obviously) and I'm not sure how to correct it myself!!! T_T

  • stuff dude guy / about 15 years ago / 1

    Any clue when you are getting more in stock, I was going to get one for my son for Christmas.

    • Achilles / about 15 years ago / 1

      All of the parts are available separately, and they're cheaper if you order them that way. Just add one of everything that is linked to in the description except the LEDs, and the 330 Ohm Resistors - you'll want one basic yellow LED and one basic red LED, and 5 of those resistors. All that's left is to throw it into a box.

      • stuff dude guy / about 15 years ago / 1

        Oh yah. I am wondering if you could switch over to the defused RGB LED, because the difused one is better for being able to stare at directly.

  • MattB / about 15 years ago / 1

    Why do you ship a 10k thermistor with no 10k resistors?
    Minor annoyance. Am I missing something?

  • i bought it for my students. good to learn arduino.
    i think sparkfun needs more special arduino tutorials for using with sparkfun products.

  • CHaskins / about 15 years ago / 1

    Any thought to adding the proto shield to this kit?

    • Not really. Of course we offer the proto shield for sale, but this kit is really meant to not require any soldering.

  • Tinkerish / about 15 years ago / 1

    Shouldn't this include a programmer like the pocket programmer:

    • Yep - you got it. The Arduino USB Board comes with serial bootloader so you don't need an external programmer.

    • Tinkerish / about 15 years ago / 1

      Oops, I forgot that Arduino bootloader lets you program over the serial USB. My bad. I'm used to barebones AVR not Arduino.

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