SparkFun is an online retail store that sells the bits and pieces to make your electronics projects possible. Whether it’s a robot that can cook your breakfast or a GPS cat-tracking device, their products and resources are designed to make the world of electronics more accessible. In addition to products, SparkFun also offers classes and a number of online tutorials designed to help educate individuals in the wonderful world of embedded electronics. SparkFun's goal is to enable an individual at any level to get the products they need and the information necessary to introduce the world of electronics technology and, ultimately, make an idea a reality. Let your geek shine!

Workshop: SparkFun presents the ProtoSnap

Curious about Arduino but not sure where to start? Attend the SparkFun Introduction to Arduino workshop! Instructors will introduce Arduino, walk you through some basic programming principles, and get you comfortable writing Arduino programs (called "sketches") that allow you to play with inputs and outputs like LEDs, light sensors, buzzers, and more. You will be the first to play with the brand new SparkFun ProtoSnap panel - an Arduino-compatible development platform aimed at teaching the basics of Arduino programming as quickly and efficiently as possible. ProtoSnap does not require any assembly, wiring, or soldering, so you can jump right into programming Arduino. By the end of the workshop you will grasp basic Arduino programming and will be ready to prototype and play! All attendees have the option to take home the ProtoSnap panel for a donation of $20 (considerably less than retail, and the proceeds go to the Science Museum of Minnesota!) - all of the individual boards in the ProtoSnap panel (including a Pro Mini) can be 'snapped' apart and used in future projects!

If you're interested in attending the workshop you will need to have a laptop with USB (netbooks will work but laptops are preferable) and the current version (0022) of Arduino software - it's safe and it's free! If you already have Arduino installed on your computer, please update to Arduino 0022.