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Arduino Engineering Kit

Learn about Arduino, sensors, actuators, coding, and design. Includes YourDuinoRoboRED Arduino-UNO-compatible with built-in 3-pin I/O connectors, higher-current 5.0V and 3.3V supply.

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Blinky Robot

Place electronic components and learn soldering skills with this hands-on circuit board kit. By placing a variety of components – transistors, capacitors, LEDs, and resistors – and soldering them in a functional circuit, you can build a robot board with intermittently flashing LEDs.

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Circuit Scribe Conductive Ink

Get started with drawing circuits on paper! Explore basic circuit concepts like conductivity, create a touch-sensitive circuit using the NPN transistor, and build your understanding of inputs, outputs, and signal processing.

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SparkFun Inventor’s Kit for Arduino Uno v3.3

A great way to get started with programming and hardware interaction with the Arduino programming language. Includes everything you need to complete 16 circuits that will teach you how to read sensors, display information on an LCD, drive motors, and more. You don’t need any previous programming or electronics experience to use this kit.

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Sparki: Programmable Arduino Robot

Learn to program over 40 parts including an LCD display, grippers for grabbing objects, line following sensors for mazes, remote control, speakers for music, light sensors, distance sensor, edge detection sensors, motor wheels, and more. All open source hardware and software. Board is based on Arduino so you can expand on Sparki and make it your dream robot.

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FAQs


What is Arduino?

“Arduino is an open-source electronics platform based on easy-to-use hardware and software. Arduino boards are able to read inputs – light on a sensor, a finger on a button, or a Twitter message – and turn it into an output – activating a motor, turning on an LED, publishing something online.” (from www.arduino.cc)

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What are some things I can make with an Arduino? 

Once you understand the basics, you can make an endless number of projects…from robots, to motion-sensor security cameras, to calculators, to electronic keyboards!

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How can I learn to use it? 

Whether you’re interested in just the basics, or in really delving in and figuring out all that an Arduino can do, there are a lot of different ways you can learn! Don’t be intimidated…anyone can do Arduino; even if you have no experience in electronics or programming, you can start now!

  • Experiment with an EDGE Lab Arduino board by trying out one of our “Explore” activities.
  • Check out the self-guided tutorials / activities on our “Learn Arduino” page. There are a lot of tutorials to choose from, including print, video, and even comic format!
  • Earn an “Arduino Digital Badge” by completing a set of tutorials and practice activities. Earning the Digital Badge gives you access to advanced Arduino components, allows you to use the Lab’s Codebender account, and gives you check-out privileges for our Arduino kits, so you can take them home and work on projects there. You can also display the Digital Badge on your resume / portfolio to demonstrate proficiency in Arduino fundamentals.

Software


Arduino IDE

Write code and upload it to any Arduino board.

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