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Arduino, Raspberry Pi, and Makey Makey kits

Resources for getting started with electronics hardware kits.

Types of Kits

Arduino (the red circuit board in the above picture) is a simple microcontroller that runs one program over and over again.  It uses no operating system and has limited memory.

Ten Sparkfun Inventor's Kit v3.2's are available for checkout from Parks Library.  A kit contains everything shown here, which includes:

  • Sparkfun RedBoard Arduino Uno
  • Solderless breadboard
  • Temperature sensor
  • Pushbuttons
  • LEDs
  • Resistors
  • Flex sensor
  • Soft and regular potentiometers
  • Motor
  • Servo
  • LCD screen
  • and more...

Raspberry Pi is a credit-card sized computer (green board in the center of the picture) that runs Linux and connects to peripherals such as a monitor, keyboard, and mouse.

Ten Sparkfun Raspberry Pi 3 Starter Kits are available for checkout from Parks Library.  A kit contains everything you see here, which includes:

  • Raspberry Pi 3 Model B
  • Solderless breadboard
  • microSD card and adapter preloaded with NOOBS operating system
  • Pushbuttons
  • LEDs
  • Resistors
  • Wall adaptor

Makey Makey turns everyday objects into computer input touchpads, so a banana becomes the space bar.  It's a simple invention kit for beginners and experts doing art, engineering, and everything in between.

Conductive materials that work great: plants, coins, your grandma, silverware, anything that is wet, most foods, cats and dogs, aluminum foil, pencil lead, and hundreds more.

Five Makey Makey Classics are available for checkout from Parks Library.  A kit contains everything you see here, which includes:

  • Makey Makey board
  • USB cable
  • Alligator clips
  • Connector Wires

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Eric Schares
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150 Parks Library
Ames, IA 50010-2140
515 294-2117