Arduino Inventor’s Kit to help develop coding skills

23 April 2019

Arduino Inventors Kit

Following its successful Inventor’s Kit for the BBC micro:bit, Kitronik has developed an Arduino Inventor’s Kit to help take coding skills to the next level.

Kitronik, a leading provider of electronic project kits & educational resources to schools – and one of the partner organisations in the BBC micro:bit project – has launched a new version of its popular Inventor’s Kit – one which is compatible with the Arduino.

Since it launched its first BBC micro:bit-compatible Inventor’s Kit at the Bett Show in 2016, Kitronik has sold over 60,000 to schools and makers across the UK, Europe and the Middle East. The kits are popular with teachers, as each one contains the materials required for 10 experiments which support the development of electronic circuit building and code writing. No soldering is required, and the first circuit can be built in just minutes. The Arduino Inventor's Kit is designed to extend student’s knowledge and understanding still further.

Arduino is a popular an open-source code-able electronics platform, which has been designed for anyone making interactive projects. The Arduino board can process inputs from many sensors, and also control outputs such as LEDs and motors. To enhance the accessibility of the Arduino and support its use across the maker community, and particularly in schools, Kitronik have added the Arduino Inventor's Kit to its range.

This latest kit will build on skills developed  from using the micro:bit Inventor’s Kit and is ideally suited for students at GCSE level. The further 10 experiments included in the kit are a great way for students to get started with programming and hardware interaction using the Arduino. The kit is accompanied by a handy, easy to follow tutorial book which provides guidelines for the 10 experiments, making it easy to get started.  The comprehensive kit contains everything required, including LEDs, motors, LDRs and capacitors. 

As the Arduino is controlled on a coding language based on C Coding, the kit will also help students to progress their coding knowledge, since this is more complex than the JavaScript Blocks or MicroPython they will have experienced using the BBC micro:bit. Students will be able to write the code in the Arduino programming language, using the Arduino development environment, before transferring the code to the Arduino board using a simple USB lead.

As with other Kitronik products, this new kit has been designed to stimulate the imaginations of students, and to support teachers with the delivery of the curriculum. Its compatibility for use across the range of STEM subjects is a further benefit of this product.

Kevin Spurr, Kitronik co-founder & Director comments: “The Arduino Inventor’s Kit will help students take the next step with their coding and begin to take on much more advanced electronics projects. We hope this kit sustains the momentum started by the BBC micro:bit and that our electronics engineers of the future can use it to continue to develop their skills and expertise.”

The Arduino Inventor’s Kit is available globally via the Kitronik website and through the following distributors with prices starting from £20.79 exc VAT.

•    Cool Components (UK)

•    CPC Farnell (UK)

Arduino Inventors Kit Project

•    Pimoroni (UK)

•    Irish Electronics (Ireland)

•    Digi-Key (USA)

•    Chicago Electronics Distributors (USA)

•    PodConsult Butik (Denmark)

•    Little Bird Electronics (Australia)

•    Elmwood Electronics (Canada)

•    Headstart Technology LTD (Malta) via their code clubs Easy Peasy Coding

About Kitronik

Kitronik is owned and managed by two electronics graduates, Kevin Spurr and Geoff Hampson, who believe that electronics should be accessible to everyone. Since forming the company in late 2005, Kitronik has continued to produce resources and products that allow teachers and hobbyists to get involved in electronics and coding. So far, the Company has inspired over 1,000,000 people to solder and build their very own electronic project (based on sales of electronic kits). The company supplies directly to 3,000 secondary schools and also via its website.

In addition to basic electronic kits, Kitronik has developed a number of products for people who want to customise their electronics. It offers a range of items that can be programmed by flowchart or code to implement in their projects. The company is one of the UK’s leading manufacturers of educational e-textiles kits, which allow people to add lights to their textiles project using its Electro-Fashion range.

Every Kitronik kit has an accompanying teaching resource pack, allowing users to not only build the kit, but to find out how it works. The resource section of its website is well received by teachers, as it contains a range of tutorials, datasheets, project ideas and interactive teaching which all make the job of delivering exciting electronics easy. The extensive e-textiles resources cover all the basics, as well as a wide range of projects.


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