Introduction to the SparkFun Inventor’s Kit for micro:bit
The SparkFun Inventor’s Kit for micro:bit Experiment Guide is your map for navigating the waters of beginning embedded electronics, robotics and citizen science using the micro:bit. This guide contains all the information you will need to explore the 12 circuits of the SparkFun Inventors Kit for micro:bit. At the center of this guide is one core philosophy — that anyone can (and should) experiment with cutting-edge electronics in a fun and playful way without breaking the bank.
When you’re done with this guide, you’ll have the know-how to start creating your own projects and experiments. From building robots and game controllers to data logging, the world will be your oyster. Now enough talking — let’s start tinkering!
Below is all the parts included in the SparkFun Inventor’s Kit (SIK) for micro:bit.
The SparkFun Inventor’s Kit (SIK) for micro:bit includes the following:
- micro:bit — The brains of the outfit with a bunch of onboard components.
- micro:bit Breakout (with Headers) — Allows you to connect the micro:bit to the breadboard.
- Breadboard — Excellent for making circuits and connections off the micro:bit. We included a full-sized breadboard to give you plenty of room.
- Small Servo — Here is a simple, low-cost, high-quality servo for all your mechatronic needs.
- Piezo Buzzer — BUZZZZ! Used to make different frequencies of sound.
- USB micro-B Cable — This 6-foot cable provides you with a USB-A connector at the host end and standard B connector at the device end.
- Male-to-Male Jumper Wires — These are high-quality wires that allow you to make connections with components on the breadboard.
- Photocell — A sensor to detect ambient light. Perfect for detecting when a drawer is opened or when nighttime approaches.
- Tri-Color LED — Because everyone loves a blinky.
- Red, Blue, Yellow, and Green LEDs — Light-Emitting Diodes make great general indicators.
- Momentary Pushbutton Switch — Go crazy with buttons.
- 10kΩ Trimpot — Also known as a variable resistor, this is a device commonly used to control volume and contrast, and makes a great general user control input.
- 100Ω Resistors — Great current-limiting resistors for LEDs, and strong pull-up resistors.
- 10kΩ Resistors — These make excellent pull-ups, pull-downs and current limiters.
- 2x AA Battery Pack — A AA battery pack with the JST connector that fits the micro:bit
- Aligator Clip Wires — A great way to connect individual components to the micro:bit ring connectors.
Before continuing with this guide, we recommend you be somewhat familiar with the concepts in the following tutorials:
- Voltage, Current, Resistance, and Ohm’s Law — The most basic concepts in electronics and electrical engineering. Get very familiar with these concepts, as they will be used throughout your electronics adventure.
- What is a Circuit? — In this guide, we will be building a variety of circuits. Understanding what that means is vital to understanding the Inventor’s Kit.
- How to Use a Breadboard — First time working with a breadboard? Please check out this tutorial! It will help you understand why the breadboard is great for prototyping and how to use one.
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