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August 8, 2016 AT 12:30 am

Back to School: Kits for Educators #BackToSchool

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Our kitters have kicked it into high gear in anticipation of one of the most exciting times of the year: Back to School Month!

Can’t you just smell the bouquets of sharpened pencils?

We’ve created a product guide below for Educators and students who are getting started with Arduino, Raspberry Pi, and more! We think the kits listed here are a great introduction for students and educators at the beginner and intermediate levels. The product pages contain links to step-by-step tutorials in the Adafruit Learn System and other resources made available by the manufacturers. Please read through the details thoroughly and contact us if you have questions.

We’ve included some of our classic kits as well as new products added over the last year.

Please click through to each product page for more info!


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The Brain Machine Kit – v1: Relax and rejuvenate as your brain synchronizes to a wonderful meditative state, and enjoy as you hallucinate beautiful colors and patterns from your subconscious mind!

The Brain Machine provides you with a fun, easy way to meditate, all the while being very photogenic! They work with lights and sounds that pulse at a 14-minute-long meditation sequence of brainwave frequencies. Your brain synchronizes to this meditation sequence, and you meditate. It’s that easy! And the beautiful colors and patterns you vividly imagine along the way make it fun and enjoyable. The Brain Machine works with blinking lights. Be aware that blinking lights are not good for some people, especially those prone to seizures! (read more)


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Adafruit ARDX – v1.3 Experimentation Kit for Arduino (Uno R3) – v1.3: Adafruit is currently shipping R3 of the Arduino Uno

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)


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Chibitronics Starter Kit: Make almost any surface glow, sense, or interact with Chibitronics circuit stickers!

Circuit stickers are an imaginative and easy way to make fun electronics projects without coding, soldering, or maker experience. Just stick your circuit sticker onto a surface and add a battery to get a unique project that reps your maker spirit. You can even connect stickers with conductive materials like copper tape or even conductive paint to create elaborate designs and art projects. (read more)


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Companion Parts Pack for Adventures in Raspberry Pi: This is a companion kit for the wildly popular Adventures in Raspberry Pi book by Carrie Ann Philbin. The book’s a great beginner guide to the Raspberry Pi and this kit includes the electronic components to do the interactive projects in the second half of the book. No soldering is required! It’s plug and play and easy to try out the electronics adventures even if you’ve never done electronics in your life. (read more)


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TIMESQUARE DIY Watch Kit – Red Display Matrix: Show up stylish AND on time to any event with this awesome looking DIY watch. We have a few watch kits here at Adafruit but we finally have one that looks good and fits well, even for ladies and kids and others with smaller wrists and hands. Its got a 8×8 bit matrix display and a repurposed silicone watch band for a professional look. (read more)


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Drawdio kit – v1.1: Drawdio is an electronic pencil that lets you make music while you draw! It’s great project for beginners: An easy soldering kit with instant gratification. Essentially, its a very simple musical synthesizer that uses the conductive properties of pencil graphite to create different sounds. The result is a fun toy that lets you draw musical instruments on any piece of paper. (read more)


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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!


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