Arduino Microcontrollers are available in the shop.
Microcontrollers are collections of electrical components on a chip. You can program these components with a computer to behave in different ways. The Arduino UNO requires an A/B USB cable and the Arduino Software available from Arduino.cc.
The Arduino makes programming and microcontrollers surprisingly easy. It makes a great add-on to the Discover Electronics Kit. With the kit, you have everything you need to make great Arduino projects. We are busy creating lessons you can use with both the Discover Electronics Kit and the Arduino together.
Papertronics are paper toys with paper electronic circuits in them. The Lunar Landers come in a pack of three. Spaceboy, Alien Girl and Tabula Rasa. Tabula Rasa is blank and can be designed by you.
Turn them into a cool night light, party lights or a fun additions to a room or desk. When the spaceships are put in their landers one way, they light up. Turn them another way and they are off. Fold them yourself- they come pre-cut. Fun DIY with paper and electronics.
With clear instructions, Papertronics are a great introduction into making and hacking as well as basic electronics. Available for sale here.
Here is a video of one being built:
Sparkle Labs is made up of designers and teachers. Our Discover Electronics Kit is designed to make learning electronics easy and fun. It is a curated selection of the basic parts to get started and learning right away. They are standard components and are still useful when you are ready to build your own projects. More then just a kit, it is an online, video course which you can access here: Discover Electronics Course.
The kit comes with clear, solderless breadboard and a simple battery pack. Clearly labeled parts and simple directions means you can have your first circuit up and running in minutes.
The manual explains whats going on inside. Illustrations aid in understanding.
Not just an electronics kit; online resources turn the kit into a video course pack.
- Light Detector
- Mini Theremin
- Booby Trap
- DIY Switch
- Dark Detector
- Rainbow LEDs
- LED Flasher
- Atari Punk Console (online project)
- DIY Christmas Tree or Hannukah Candle (online projects)
Double check your work against the photographs.
We have additional projects available on this site and we are adding more projects and lessons online.
You can purchase the kit as well as other products here.
- Transparent, Solderless Breadboard
- Speaker, 8ohm
- Potentiometers – 1k, 10k, 100k
- Aligator clips
- 556 Timer integrated circuit
- DIP Switch, 4 position
- Battery Holder, 4 AA, with headers and off/on switch
- Prestripped jumper-wires
- Photoresistors (2)
- Resistors, various (70)
- Capacitors, Various (26)
- Transistors, NPN (2)
- Diode – 1N4148
- Diode – 1N4001
- Button, momentary (2)
- LEDs, 5mm (9, Different colors)
- LED, 10mm, white, diffused
- Instruction manual
If you want to save energy, get up to change the channel! Or you can add-on our SunMod kit and your remote will never need new batteries again. Just turn your remote over and let the sun’s rays charge it. Hack any AA or AAA powered device to make it solar powered.
This kit is based on an article we did for Make Magazine. You can follow along with this how-to video we made. You can also see this video from Make based on the original project.
Included: a flexible solar cell 4.8V with soldered metal connectors, mailable packaging and double -sided tape. Fun hack. Easy way to break into solar projects. NiMH batteries not included.
Youngkwang Cho recorded making a Lunar Module. You can follow along and learn his tricks. Probably would have helped this person even though we still got a great review.