SparkFun Inventor’s Kit – v4.1 KIT-15267
The SparkFun Inventor’s Kit v4.1 is a great way to get programming including hardware interaction within the Arduino language. Firstly, the SparkFun Inventors Kit (SIK) includes everything you need to complete five overarching projects. Consisting of 16 interconnected circuits that teach everything from blinking an LED to reading sensors. As a result the culminating project is your very own autonomous robot! This SIK does not require any previous programming or electronics experience for use.
In addition, the SIK guidebook (included) contains simple instructions with circuit diagrams and hookup tables for building projects using included parts. New concepts/components are explained at point of use and troubleshooting tips offer assistance if something goes wrong. Full example code is provided.
Lastly, this Arduino starter kit requires no soldering and is recommended for beginners ages 10 and up. Within SIK v4.1, components are introduced in the context of the circuit you are building and each circuit builds upon the last. Leading up to a project that incorporates all of the components and concepts introduced throughout the guide. In short, with new parts and a completely new strategy, you’re in for a brand-new experience. Even if you’ve completed an SIK before!
The New Redboard Qwiic
The SIK V4.1 includes the Redboard Qwiic which allows you to expand into the SparkFun Qwiic ecosystem after you have become proficient with the SIK circuits. The SparkFun Qwiic Connect System is an ecosystem of I2C sensors, actuators, shields and cables. This ecosystem makes prototyping faster and less prone to error! All Qwiic-enabled boards use a common 1mm pitch, 4-pin JST connector. This reduces the amount of required PCB space, and polarized connections mean you can’t hook it up wrong. With the addition of the SparkFun RedBoard Qwiic, you will need to download a new driver install that is different from the original SparkFun RedBoard.