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Education Engineer @ Sparkfun

Heading to Boston and NSTA 2014

I can’t believe it was a year ago that our team went to NSTA 2013 in San Antonio. It was such an awesome experience to show off making, building, and electronics to teachers at NSTA - we decided that NSTA 2014 was a must! Over the past year, we’ve developed a number of really strong…

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"the Best of..." Resources, Curriculum, and Activities for Arduino

I’ve been using Arduino for the past 2.5 years now, and the wealth of resources continues to grow. Every time I search for resources, I find another university, high school, and even middle schools with on-line curriculum, resources, and activities available. I used to use bookmarks in my…

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Hawaii Five-0

Happy New Year! The past couple weeks, I’ve had a little down time to clean-up my office and get my desktop (both physical and digital) organized. I found a wealth of photos and things from our trip to Hawaii - that I felt we should share with our readers. Back in October, three fine gentlemen…

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Re-Cap of SparkFun at NSTA Denver

Happy Holidays! About two weeks ago, the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) held their area conference here in Denver. Being in our backyard, SparkFun Electronics couldn’t pass up the opportunity to present at NSTA. We pulled out all of the stops to showcase the tools, products, and…

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Visit SparkFun EDU at NSTA Denver

Thursday through Saturday of this week, SparkFun EDU will be at the Denver convention center (the one with the big blue bear) showing off some of our latest prototypes, demos, project ideas, and tutorials to support teachers developing STEM programs at their schools. We are teaching 4 workshops (2…

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What is Engineering: A Graphic Novel of Tech and Philosophy

What is engineering? A quick search on-line provides a few hints. A simple definition is stated as: “the branch of science and technology concerned with the design, building, and use of engines, machines, and structures.” Wikipedia offers up a little more detail with this:…

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NYC Software Engineering Pilot (SEP) Program and SparkFun Electronics

Earlier this year, Mayor Bloomberg announced that 20 middle \ high schools across all 5 boroughs of NYC would take part in a new Software Engineering Pilot (SEP) program to introduce and infuse computer science concepts for students in grades 6 - 12. In the first year of this pilot program, about…

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Microcontrollers for Educators

Almost two years ago, I took a class at SparkFun called “Microcontrollers for Educators.” The class was a rapid-fire, drinking from the fire hose deluge of information around microcontrollers, programming, and the maker philosophy. It was the first year SparkFun had run a class like this -…

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Wizarding 101 - Summer Camp programs using the ATTiny

Back in May, we received an unsolicited e-mail from an engineer at Qualcomm in Raleigh. For their “Take your Kids to Work Day,” he volunteered to teach an Introduction to Microcontrollers class for kids 12 and older. He chose to call it “Wizarding 101” - taking a quote from…

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Women in Science and Engineering -- How do we increase the odds?

This isn’t a new issue. Men outnumber women in science, engineering, and technology fields. Every major engineering college and university is aggressively looking at ways of increasing the odds for women in these fields. When I was in school, I’m not sure I can say that I ever really…

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lil' Las Vegas & Parachute Factory

Viva Las Vegas It is official! Summer is here and we have kicked off the season with our first tour stop…well, sort of. Mariano Ullibari of the Parachute Factory hackerspace in Las Vegas, NM was one of the first to sign-up for the Sparkfun National Tour. Earlier this year, Mariano started up…

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Meet our new Education Engineer, Brian Huang

Hello SparkFun followers! I am the newest member to join the education team here at SparkFun. I have the honor of writing one of the first entries in the learn.sparkfun.com blog. In an attempt to sort out our news updates, new product posts, and general education-related materials, we are launching…

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Cambridge Bound!

Back in February, a team of Sparkfunions were in Cambridge with the Artisan’s Asylum to participate in the Make a Makerspace conference. We’re excited to be returning to Massachusetts and be a part of the week-long festivities at the Cambridge Science Festival! A view from last year’s…

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Vernier Shield Hookup Guide

February 14th, 2014

A guide to using the Vernier Shield

Simon Splosion Wireless

February 13th, 2014

This is a tutorial demonstrating one of many techniques to "hack" the Simon Says. We will highlight the technique to take your Simon Says Wireless.

Vernier Photogate

January 7th, 2014

Vernier Photogate Timer -- using the Serial Enabled LCD Kit.

Logic Levels

June 3rd, 2013

Learn the difference between 3.3 V and 5 V devices.
  • Custom Page - sikcapstonecontest | last week

    Technically, this does not fall under the strictest sense of the rules. However, if the 4 flex sensors and 4 servos fall under the $50 spending limit for “materials beyond SIK,” your project will still be considered valid. That being said, we are still very excited to see this project you’ve created with 5 flex sensors and 5 servos! Please do share this with us!

  • Custom Page - sikcapstonecontest | last week

    Yes, this is allowable under the other ‘design and structural materials" category – so long as it is under the $50 spending limit.

  • Custom Page - sikcapstonecontest | last week

    Yes. We did not specify things such as this, but auxiliary materials such as a power supply and wires can be grouped together under the “design and structural materials” category.

    We are excited to see your submissions! I’m sorry we did not respond to your comment sooner!

  • Custom Page - sikcapstonecontest | last week

    Hello -

    So long as your “extra” materials are less than the $50 spending limit, you are okay. The focus is to highlight project ideas that use as many components in the SIK, but we understand that there may be specific sensors / actuators that are simply not included in our kit. Please specify which components from outside the SIK are used and include a Bill of Materials to itemize your parts.


  • Product DEV-11897 | about a month ago

    It should work. We have not tested it with this sensor before, though. Please let us know if you have problems with it. The newer sensors all store their calibration data on the sensors and send the data to the Arduino by an I2C interface. The AutoID example should work. I also recently discovered PLX-DAQ as a tool designed by Parallax for pulling Serial data directly into excel. We’re working up some documentation / examples using it with this shield.

  • Product DEV-11897 | about 3 months ago

    Our PCB manufacturing process favors using SMD components over plated through hole components using a pick & place machine. Ultimately, we wanted to provide a shield that did not require teachers to do any soldering… We are in the process of adding a selective soldering machine (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Selective_soldering) that may allow us to add the female stack-able header to this design. The vias for the analog inputs (A0 - A5) were supposed to be exposed, but there is a paint layer that can be scratched away if you want to give students an opportunity to put a multimeter to these.

    We’re excited that you are leading the way in “demystifying” electronics in your class. Please let us know how you end up using the board in your classroom. We have been very lucky to partner and collaborate with Vernier in the design of this board. A quickstart guide will be released soon. Stay tuned!

  • News - Introducing the SIK Capst… | about 3 months ago

    Of course. We are excited about highlighting how teachers & students are using Arduino and Arduino projects in their classrooms. We look forward to seeing your project!

  • News - Introducing the SIK Capst… | about 3 months ago

    The contest is intended for teachers / schools / and in-formal educational settings such as libraries, community centers, or makerspaces. If you’re working with groups of kids, the SparkFun Inventor’s Kit, and have some awesome projects to share – please create a video to showcase what you’ve done and enter our contest!

    We can’t wait to see the videos!

  • Product KIT-12001 | about 4 months ago

    Connecting both 5V and GND is just good practice for wiring up the POWER rails on the breadboard. It isn’t used in the 1st circuit, but it will be used in circuit #2. We’ll look at removing that in our next revision of the guide.


  • | about 8 months ago

    peterpalacios79 -

    Yep - it is that easy. You have to copy over a couple board definition files for the ATTiny85, but you can access all of the pins through the Arduino IDE.

    Check out MIT’s High-Low Tech site: http://hlt.media.mit.edu/?p=1695 for more info…

Name Pieces Total
Reaction Timer Project
6 67.25
ActoChassis - Small
A very simple square-ish / rectangular chassis body cons…
37 187.25
Microcontrollers for Educators Class
Wish list of parts for the 5-day intensive Microcontroll…
15 377.25
Skyline HS - Tools
Proposed tools for shop / soldering workshop.
47 1685.89
General Parts list to add an SD Card to your data loggin…
8 54.7
Vernier Photogate
This is a list of all parts needed to build a full featu…
8 53.15
ATTiny Demo
8 10.34
Simon Wireless
Here is a quick kit of parts for you to build your own b…
11 159.45
Ecotech ELE2000 - Digital Electronics
13 1047.4
SIK Replacement Parts
50 221.75
AVC in a Box
All of the parts needed for any team to build a simple p…
18 196.3
Skyline HS - STEM
Proposed equipment to support a class of 30 students -- …
102 1899.9
Photogate Timer
9 55.19
UVA Lab School PicoBoard Sensors
13 114.25
Pond Monitor
4 144.8
ABQ Mini Maker Faire
279 3238.05
4 15.8
Makerspace Startup Tools
45 414.91
UT Austin MOOC
11 41.2
UT Austin MOOC 2
16 33.35