As the technological world continues to explode at an unprecedented rate, individuals looking to take the first step towards learning about this fast-growing field have a tough task ahead of them. Digi-Key has made this move a little easier with educational kits and projects. Learn more about the newest technologies from companies at the forefront of technological innovation with help from Digi-Key!

Arduino

Arduino is an open-source electronics prototyping platform based on flexible, easy-to-use hardware and software. It's intended for artists, designers, hobbyists, and anyone interested in creating interactive objects or environments.

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A000010 Arduino Workshop Kit - 1050-1004-ND

A000010 Kit - Arduino

This kit provides all the necessary parts and components to participate in an introductory Arduino workshop.

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ARDUINO UNO BOARD REV3 - 1050-1024-ND

Uno Board Rev3 - Arduino

The Arduino Uno is a microcontroller board based on the ATmega328. It has 14 digital input/output pins (of which 6 can be used as PWM outputs), 6 analog inputs, a 16 MHz crystal oscillator, a USB connection, a power jack, an ICSP header, and a reset button. It contains everything needed to support the microcontroller; simply connect it to a computer with a USB cable or power it with a AC-to-DC adapter or battery to get started.

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BOARD MCU MEGA2560 - 1050-1018-ND

MEGA2560 - Arduino

The Arduino Mega 2560 is a microcontroller board based on the ATmega2560. It has 54 digital input/output pins (of which 14 can be used as PWM outputs), 16 analog inputs, 4 UARTs (hardware serial ports), a 16 MHz crystal oscillator, a USB connection, a power jack, an ICSP header, and a reset button. It contains everything needed to support the microcontroller; simply connect it to a computer with a USB cable or power it with a AC-to-DC adapter or battery to get started. The Mega is compatible with most shields designed for the Arduino Duemilanove or Diecimila.

Cypress

Cypress delivers high-performance, mixed-signal, programmable solutions that provide customers with rapid time-to-market and exceptional system value. Cypress offerings include the PSoC® Programmable System-on-Chip™, USB controllers, general-purpose programmable clocks and memories.

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DEV KIT PSOC 5 CY8C55 - 428-3110-ND

CY8CKIT-050 Dev Kit - Cypress

The CY8CKIT-050 PSoC® 5 Development Kit enables you to evaluate, develop and prototype high precision analog, low-power and low-voltage applications powered by Cypress’s CY8C55 high precision analog device family.

This kit is specifically designed for analog performance. The noise floor on these kits is very low. Care has been taken to separate the analog and the digital domain, separate regulators are also available. Separate ground planes are provided. We have achieved ENOB very close to 20 bits on this kit. Provision has been provided to add an external precision voltage reference if needed.

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BOARD EVAL PSOC 3 - 428-3090-ND

CY8CKIT-030 Dev Kit - Cypress

The CY8CKIT-030 PSoC® 3 Development Kit enables you to evaluate, develop and prototype high precision analog, low-power and low-voltage applications powered by Cypress’s CY8C38 high precision analog device family.

This kit is specifically designed for analog performance. The noise floor on these kits is very low. Care has been taken to separate the analog and the digital domain, separate regulators are also available. Separate ground planes are provided. We have achieved ENOB very close to 20 bits on this kit. Provision has been provided to add an external precision voltage reference if needed.

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KIT DEV PSOC3 FIRSTTOUCH STARTER - 428-3113-ND

CY8CKIT-003 FirstTouch Dev Kit - Cypress

The CY8CKIT-003 PSoC® 3 FirstTouch™ Starter Kit is designed to get you acquainted with Cypress’s PSoC programmable system-on-chip design methodology and architecture.

This full-featured starter kit ships with an array of sensors, I/O’s, projects, and software to allow you to evaluate PSoC and see what values the solution can provide you. And, in addition to trying out PSoC 3, gain full access to other features of the FirstTouch Starter Kit like Serial Wire Debugging (SWD), an Accelerometer, a Thermistor, Proximity Sensing, a CapSense® touch-sensing interface, a 12-pin wireless module header, and even 28 general purpose I/O pins (GPIOs). Whatever your need for PSoC may be, the PSoC 3 FirstTouch Starter Kit has the tools to get you started – and hooked – on PSoC.

Freescale

Microcontrollers are at the heart of the most technologically advanced designs. Freescale provides leading embedded semiconductor solutions for cars, mobile phones, networks and more. Learn more about Freescale’s innovative Coldfire MCUs.

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Freescale ColdFire M52233 Student Learning Kit - PB52233SLK-ND

ColdFire Kit - Freescale

The AP52233SLK is a low-cost development system for the Freescale MCF52233 ColdFire microcontroller. Application development is quick and easy with the included DB9 serial cable, and integrated BDM. CodeWarrior Development Tools are also provided to support application development and debug. The integrated BDM allows easy application development and debugging.

Industrial Fiber Optics

A leading supplier of opto-electronics, Industrial Fiber Optics provides numerous educational kits and training modules offering a look into the fast-growing world of laser and fiber optic technology.

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IF-E10 Fiber Optic Experimenter’s Kit - FB104-ND

IF-E10 Kit - Industrial Fiber Optics

The IF-E10 kit from Industrial Fiberoptics provides an introduction to components, simple circuits, and to begin applying basic fiber optic technology. This kit contains the innovative IF-E91A infrared LED and IF-D92 phototransistor, both utilizing integrated connectors which connect to 1000 μm plastic fiber with no additional components needed.

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IF-E22 Educational Kit - FB105-ND

IF-E22 Educational Kit - Industrial Fiber Optics

Industrial Fiberoptics IF-E22 kit provides hands-on experience with constructing basic fiber optic receivers, transmitters and cable interfaces. The kit contains a parts list; complete assembly instructions; technical discussions about why everything here works as it does; and a glossary of terms used. Users will learn how and why light can be "captured" and transmitted by lengths of optical fiber. With this basic information, one can go on to more sophisticated discussions and demonstrations of fiber optics in action.

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Fiber Optic Mini Course from Industrial Fiber Optics - FB102-ND

Fiber Optic Mini Course - Industrial Fiber Optics

An introduction to the world of fiber optics, this kit allows provides a myriad of information about the history, mechanics, and applications of fiber optics today.

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Industrial Fiber Optics Optical Voice Link Kit - FB114-ND

Optical Voice Link Kit - Industrial Fiber Optics

The Optical Voice Link is a project-oriented introduction to optical fiber communications. This booklet contains all the information needed to construct this project including component lists, a section on theory of design and operation, assembly instructions and simple exercises to increase your knowledge. A list of references, fiber optics glossary and additional projects complement the instruction.

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Simplex Designer’s Kit from Industrial Fiber Optics - FB115-ND

Simplex Designer's Kit - Industrial Fiber Optics

This fiber optic kit contains all the components needed to construct a 125 kilobit per second 10-meter data link. The distance between the transmitter and receiver can be increased by purchasing additional cable and adding it to the fiber in this kit, using the retention clips and splice.

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Industrial Fiber Optics POF Tool Kit - FB130-ND

POF Tool Kit - Industrial Fiber Optics

This kit and enclosed instruction sheet contain all the information you need to complete the most common procedures required for plastic optical fibers, even if you are new to fiber optics and fiber termination procedures.

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Fiber Optic Speed of Light Apparatus from Industrial Fiber Optics - FB117-ND

Speed of Light Apparatus - Industrial Fiber Optics

Speed of Light assembly from Industrial Fiber Optics allows for exploration of the speed of light via fiber optic communication.

 

NXP

NXP provides High Performance Mixed Signal and Standard Product solutions that leverage its leading RF, Analog, Power Management, Interface, Security, and Digital Processing expertise. These innovations are used in a wide range of automotive, identification, wireless infrastructure, lighting, industrial, mobile, consumer, and computing applications.

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Embedded Artists Motor Control Kit for LPCXpresso - 568-7536-ND

Motor Control Kit for LPCXpresso - NXP

To support fast time-to-market for motor-control applications, NXP offers the low-cost LPCXpresso Motor Control Kit, a universal development platform created in partnership with Embedded Artists. It is an ideal way to prototype a motorcontrol project or simply explore motor-control functionality. It supports control of brushless DC (BLDC), brushless AC (BLAC), stepper, and dual-brushed DC motors

Parallax Inc

Parallax, Inc. manufactures microcontrollers and microcontroller development tools. LCDs, AppKits and other related products are also available. Parallax, Inc. produces BASIC Stamp® single-board computers as well as development tools for PIC12/16Cxx® microcontrollers. Learn more about the innovative microcontroller solutions from Parallax in the kits below.

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Parallax BOE-BOT USB Development Kit - 28832-ND

BOE-BOT USB Dev Kit – Parallax

The Board Of Education USB (BOE-USB) is a complete, low-cost development platform designed for those interested in learning and using Parallax's 24-pin BASIC Stamp or Javelin Stamp modules. Its compact size, convenient features, and low price make it an ideal tool for the student and educator.

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Parallax BASIC Stamp 2 Kit - 27291-ND

BASIC Stamp 2 Kit – Parallax

This new kit from Parallax demonstrates the features and functionality of the BASIC Stamp 2 OEM Module.

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Parallax BASIC Stamp Development Platform - 28152-ND

BASIC Stamp Dev Platform – Parallax

A complete, low-cost development platform designed for those interested in learning and using Parallax’s 24-pin BASIC Stamp or Javelin Stamp modules. Its compact size, convenient features, and low price make it an ideal tool for the student and educator.

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Parallax Stingray Chassis Kit - 28980-ND

Stingray Chassis Kit – Parallax

This highly versatile mobile robot platform sports a stealthy low-profile design packed with sleek curves and a convenient form factor that is perfect for a variety of mid-sized robotic projects. The chassis is constructed from 1/16 inch thick (1.58 mm) 5052 aluminum sheet metal with a lightly grained black anodized finish for increased durability and scratch resistance.

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Parallax PING))) Kit for Stingray - 28985-ND

PING))) Kit for Stingray – Parallax

This kit gives the Stingray Robot the ability to sense its surroundings while in operation; with the addition of these modules, the Stingray can actively maneuver, avoid, or find objects that could not previously detected. The 3 PING))) sensors are attached to the front of the Stingray mounting panels giving it a wide field of view.

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Parallax SumoBot Robot Kit - 27400-ND

SumoBot Robot Kit – Parallax

The SumoBot® Robot is a competition-ready robot designed within the Northwest Robot Mini-Sumo Tournament rules. The robot will locate and knock its opponent right out of the ring while detecting the outside circle should an escape move be necessary. The electronics consists of a surface-mounted BASIC Stamp® 2 module and infrared sensors to detect your opponent and the edge of the Sumo Ring. The hardware package includes the black anodized aluminum chassis and scoop, servo motors, wheels, 4AA power pack (batteries not included) mounting standoffs and screws.

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Parallax PropScope Development Kit - 32225-ND

PropScope Dev Kit – Parallax

The PropScope Kit from Parallax includes everything needed to get started using the PropScope USB Oscilloscope, Function Generator, Logic Analyzer and Spectrum Analyzer. The kit will help users experiment with and understand varying types of signals.

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Propeller DIP Plus Kit from Parallax - 130-32305-ND

Propeller DIP Plus Kit – Parallax

The Propeller chip is designed to provide high-speed processing for embedded systems while maintaining low current consumption and a small physical footprint. The Propeller provides flexibility and power through its eight processors that can perform simultaneous independent or cooperative tasks, all while maintaining a relatively simple architecture. This kit implements the Propeller chip into a ready-to-use solution.

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Parallax Basic Analog and Digital Introduction Kit - 28155-ND

Analog and Digital Intro Kit – Parallax

Educational kit from Parallax introduces users to basic analog and digital concepts, providing an instruction manual and associated components.

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Robotics with the BOE-BOT Kit from Parallax - 28154-ND

Robotics with the BOE-BOT Kit – Parallax

Educational kit from Parallax introduces users to the basic concepts of robotics, applicable to the real world mechanical principals of robotic control applications.

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Parallax Propeller Education Kit - 32306-ND

Propeller Education Kit – Parallax

Explore the power of the multiprocessing Propeller chip with this kit and free software and lab experiments available for download from the Parallax website.

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Parallax Sensor Sampler Kit - 28028PAR-ND

Sensor Sampler Kit – Parallax

A collection of smart sensors and associated activities which can be used as an introduction to basic sensor concepts or as building blocks for designing new or upgraded products.

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Applied Sensors Earth Measurement Kit - 28153-ND

Applied Sensors Earth Measurement Kit – Parallax

Interfacing sensors, the focus of the six experiments in this text, is integral to many types of fieldwork. This kit reveals the real world applications of sensors in everyday measurements.

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Sensors in Industrial Control - 28156-ND

Sensors in Industrial Control – Parallax

Industrial process control is a fascinating and challenging area of electronics technology and nothing has revolutionized this area like the microcontroller. The microcontroller has added a level of intelligence to the evaluation of data and a level of sophistication in the response to process disturbances. This mini course outlines some of the basic concepts of, and applications in, industrial control.

Twin Industries

Twin Industries is a leading manufacturer of hardware development tools and prototyping products. For over thirty years, our bus extender cards, surface mount adapter boards, and prototyping boards have helped complete the critical path between concept and market release. The educational and development kits below offer both an introduction to the newest technologies, along with speeding time to market for established engineers.

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Twin Industries DIY Multi-mode Timer Kit - 438-1082-ND

DIY Multi-mode Timer Kit – Twin Industries

New educational kit from Twin Industries features an integrated 7-mode timer for ease of implementation.

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40-Second Message Recorder Kit from Twin Industries - 438-1083-ND

Message Recorder Kit – Twin Industries

40-Second message recording development kit from Twin provides high-quality, single-chip, nonvolatile record/playback for 40, 60, 75, 90 & 120 seconds. These CMOS devices include an on-chip oscillator, microphone preamplifier, automatic gain control, antialiasing filter, smoothing filter and speaker amplifier. In addition it is microprocessor compatible, allowing complex messaging and addressing to be achieved.

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Twin Industries LCD Introduction Kit - 438-1081-ND

LCD Introduction Kit – Twin Industries

The aim of this kit is to show how to use a 16x2 alphanumeric Liquid Crystal Display (LCD) with a PC. Instruction is given on how to connect it to the parallel port and echo and handle keyboard input, how to use the LCD to display temperature from a DS1620 Digital Thermometer/Thermostat chip, and how to set the HI & LO trigger points in it. All C source code is provided.

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Twin Industries Rolling Code, 4-channel UHF Remote Control Kit - 438-1086-ND

Rolling Code, 4-channel UHF Remote Control Kit – Twin Industries

Versatile, rolling code remote control provides latching and momentary operation on each channel and high resistance to code interception. A sensitive, prebuilt receiver provides long range and its ready-to-use combination of parts speeds time to market.

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Twin Industries Logic Probe Kit - 438-1077-ND

Logic Probe Kit – Twin Industries

An important piece of equipment for test and measurement of digital equipment, the logic probe kit can be used in fault finding and testing as well as to assist in design work and to find out how digital equipment works. Switching to either TTL or CMOS, the kit includes detection circuit for very fast pulses and gives visual (3 LEDs) and audio (piezo buzzer) response.

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5-LED Ultra-Bright Flasher Kit from Twin Industries - 438-1079-ND

5-LED Ultra-Bright Flasher Kit – Twin Industries

This CMOS VLSI single chip-on-board is designed for electronic toy and warning light applications. Five LED's flash on/off in a pseudo-random or sequential mode depending on whether a switch is open or connected high. Continuous flashing mode or toggle on/off is selectable by another switch. The flash rate is controlled by a trimpot.

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Twin Industries Combination Lock Kit - 438-1078-ND

Combination Lock Kit – Twin Industries

A fully-functional introduction to basic combination locks, this kit from Twin offers a touch pad with 9 separate pads, a relay capable of switching 250 V, and lock reset upon incorrect button presses.

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3 ½ Digital LED Panel Meter Kit from Twin Industries - 438-1080-ND

3 ½ Digital LED Panel Meter Kit – Twin Industries

Make this general design 3 1/2 digit LED panel meter into your own voltage or current meter, or customize it to measure input from a transducer. Includes a separate display PCB. Full details given in the documentation.

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Twin Industries Temperature Meter Kit - 438-1076-ND

Temperature Meter Kit – Twin Industries

This Kit shows how much of electronics today can be contained in a single chip - the Intersil 7106. Commercial low cost digital volt meters are nothing more than this kit, some switches, and passive components and a nice plastic case.

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Twin Industries BIG PIC Clock Display - TW-DIY-5073-ND

BIG PIC Clock Display  – Twin Industries

This kit from Twin Industries includes a 2.3” PIC-based clock display for use in numerous time and timing applications.

3M

A recognized leader in research and development, 3M produces thousands of innovative products for dozens of diverse markets. 3M’s core strength is applying its more than 40 distinct technology platforms – often in combination– to a wide array of customer needs. Check out the kit below to learn more about diagnostics.

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3M EMC Training Kit - SCP254-ND

EMC Training Kit – 3M

Learn the ins and outs of Electromagnetic Compliance diagnostics with the EMC Training Kit model CTK031. The kit contains a set of ScanEM®-C near-field probes (electric and magnetic), a step-by-step guide, an EMI Demo Fixture, a cable, and adapters in case to connect to a spectrum analyzer, oscilloscope or multimeter.

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