Project-Based Lesson Design
The SparkFun Inventor’s Kit is divided into five major projects, or units, encompassing 16 circuits that progress in difficulty as new STEM concepts and components are introduced. Students will build games, alarms, sensors and an autonomous robot as they work through the guidebook.
Access to Qwiic Ecosytem
Once students are ready to move beyond the components found in the SparkFun Inventor's Kit, the included RedBoard Qwiic makes it easy to expand learning to one of the more than 30 sensors and accessory boards available within the Qwiic Connect System.
At the end of each circuit, ideas for modifying the code or circuit are provided to extend students’ learning and fuel ongoing innovation.
The SparkFun Inventor’s Kit includes breadboard-friendly components to make circuit building even easier for those just getting started. Because no soldering is required to build circuits, all parts are reusable.
Two wheels and a pair of gearmotors enable students to create their own robots - starting with remote-controlled and moving into autonomous robots.
The components included in the SparkFun Inventor’s Kit can be combined in almost limitless ways to extend learning beyond just the circuits and projects in the guidebook.
Semester or year-long EE course for high school.
The 16-week course contains lectures, workshops and design projects that will introduce students to key engineering skills. The SparkFun Inventor’s Kit v4.1 Curriculum includes instructor resources such as a syllabus, worksheets, sample code, quizzes, glossary and more.
Teaches Physical Computing - Combining Hardware and Software
By focusing on both the hardware and software sides of circuit building, students gain the big-picture view of what it takes to create an electronics project and are better prepared to enter the workforce of the future. An understanding of electronics is a core literacy that opens up a world of opportunities in the fields of robotics, Internet of Things (IoT), engineering, fashion, medical industries, environmental sciences, performing arts and more and can be found in a number of CSTA and NGSS standards.
Training and Professional Development
SparkFun offers professional development to make it as easy as possible to implement SparkFun Inventor’s Kit in your school or district. Options include:
Initial implementation Training
One-day training that provides an immersive experience with the SparkFun Inventor’s Kit and prepares educators of any skill level to immediately implement coding and physical hardware in the classroom.
Ongoing Support and Consultation
Fully customizable to meet your needs. This training can be used for anything from advanced content creation to co-teaching to troubleshooting or inservice training.
Training of Trainers
A three-day training of your trainers to ensure their are in-district experts to support and sustain implementation of the SparkFun Inventor’s Kit within the district.
Arduino for Educators
This five-day, summer training provide educators (middle school and up) a foundation in electronics, programming, computer science and computational thinking for the classroom, based on the SparkFun Inventor’s Kit.