ThinkerShield connects directly to an Arduino board. No wiring. No soldering. Connects to your computer via USB.
“I hadn’t programmed anything before, but I worked out how to get the LEDs and the buzzer working almost straight away. It’s pretty easy. I like it.”
— Steph, first time ThinkerShielder
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ThinkerShield is a truly fun way to get started with physical computing. If you already have an Arduino board, just get a Shield. If you need everything, try one of our ThinkerShield All-in-one Coding Kits. Buy now
The ThinkerShield has a fantastic array of onboard components to make it easy for you to get on with making things flash, buzz, switch and respond — even all at once! Then when you are ready to go further you can connect to the ThinkerShield’s 8 external connectors.
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ThinkerShield for STEM education
The ThinkerShield is a superlative classroom-ready tool for STEM education. It’s ease of use, accessible documentation, robust construction and variety of onboard components make it a flexible resource for young people at all stages of schooling. Begin with simple activities to learn the basic coding skills and syntax — easily completing several activities in a single lesson. Progress to more complex projects using all of the onboard components in a variety of combinations to make real things that mimic real applications. Encourage students to take on wider experimentation and physical computing projects using the external connectors. Use the ThinkerShield as a resource for project based learning or advanced Arduino based applications.
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