Adafruit is all about education – we have resources, tutorials, kits and more to help get you started on your electronics journey. Each August we celebrate Back to School Month with gift guides and posts on the blog highlighting education. Below are some of our favorite products and resources from the Adafruit site for educators and students.
Interested in making neat stuff with an Arduino but not sure where to start? This kit includes all the pieces needed to complete 11 different circuits, along with a experimenter’s guide booklet & breadboard layout sheets. Basically everything you need to be playing within minutes of its arrival. No soldering required! Read more.
You want to get hacking with your Pi fast, right? Get everything you need to start with the Adafruit Starter Pack for Raspberry Pi. It’s the perfect accompaniment to your new Pi, everything you need to boot up your Pi Model B and get going. We pre-assemble the Cobbler for you, no soldering required. Read more.
Get started with the fabulous Adafruit Flora platform with this lovely starter kit. Included are plenty of parts to make a few different fun projects! There’s a Flora motherboard, a GPS module that can also perform location datalogging, eight ultra-bright chainable RGB pixels, a battery holder and batteries, two types of our high quality stainless steel thread, alligator clips to help you test out your parts, a USB cable for reprogramming the Flora, and some parts to make a wearable remote control (or TV-B-Gone!): NPN transistors, long range IR LEDs, and matching resistors. Over $120 worth of goodies, for under $100. Read more.
This kit brings the excellent design and tutorials of Parallax to the Arduino world. Make your Arduino the onboard brain of a mobile robot and learn robotics, electronics, and programming with this versatile kit and its accompanying step-by-step lessons. The Board of Education Shield plugs into your own Arduino (not included) and mounts on the popular Boe-Bot robot chassis. Read more.
MaKey MaKey is an invention kit for the 21st century. Turn everyday objects into touchpads and combine them with the internet. It’s a simple Invention Kit for Beginners and Experts doing art, engineering, and everything in between. MaKey MaKey was invented by Jay Silver and Eric Rosenbaum & Made by JoyLabz. Find out more details at makeymakey.com or watch the video at makeymakey.com. Read more.
The littleBits Deluxe Kit is the biggest collection of Bits modules ever made, allowing creators young and old to create more complex and intricate projects than ever before! It has 18 color-coded modules that snap together with magnets to make over 5 million possible simple and complex circuit combinations. The Deluxe Kit was designed for endless hours of fun and includes both the DC motor (with motorMate accessory) and servo motor (with servo accessories), a wide assortment of wire modules like the fork, inverter and latch, as well as the timeout and light wire Bits modules. The Deluxe Kit is a well-stocked littleBits collection just by itself and includes everything you need to start designing and prototyping your own interactive creations, including a 9V battery and an attractive, re-usable case. There is also an expansive project booklet with step-by-step instructions for 15 spectacular projects like the Unihorn Helmet and the famous Swimming Shark. The Deluxe Kit is a long-term investment in creativity! Read more.
Ladyada’s “E is for Electronics” is a coloring book adventure with electronic components and their inventors.
Makers of all ages can learn, color, and share common parts and historical figures throughout history. Explore the world of electronics with Ladyada as your guide! Read more.
August is Back to School Month here at Adafruit! Each week we’ll be bringing you a two #BackToSchool posts on the blog! Stay tuned for product and gift guides, tutorials from the Adafruit Learning System, and inspiration from around the web! Get started by checking out Adafruit’s educational resources, such as our kits and project packs, suggested products for young engineers, blog posts for educators and an extensive selection of books to help you learn!