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SparkFun Tour Bringing DIY Electronics Instruction to the Library


SparkFun, a Boulder-based company that uses DIY electronics to create innovative, fun, and unique projects, is launching a National Tour in July that will bring its passion for teaching skills such as programming, soldering, and building circuits to Pikes Peak Library District.

From 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. on July 13, teens in the Pikes Peak region are invited to come learn about wearable electronics (sometimes called e-textiles), one of the latest trends in the embedded electronics world. With the ProtoSnap LilyPad Development Board, teens will be introduced to sewable electronics through the LilyPad system, a technology developed through a partnership between SparkFun and MIT Professor Leah Buechley.

Attendees to the program will receive the instruction and supporting materials necessary to teach electronics on their own. PPLD asks that teens attending the program consider volunteering to become a mentor to teach younger library patrons how to use the LilyPad system.

What if I have no experience with electronics?
SparkFun’s curriculum is designed such that even the most novice user can explore the world of electronics. By the end of the training, you will have a firm grasp on not only how to use the kit yourself, but how to teach it on your own.

Who will teach the workshops during the National Tour?
The tour is being led by the skilled team from the SparkFun Department of Education. Each workshop will be taught by highly-trained and knowledgeable members of the SparkFun staff.

Registration is limited to 30 teens, ages 12 - 18. Register online at by clicking here. Questions? Contact IT Officer Carolyn Coulter at 719-531-6333, x1100.

SparkFun DIY Electronics Instruction
Where: East Library, 5550 N. Union Blvd.
When: Sat., July 13 from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Registration is required.