Gearing Up for Summer

Although it is snowing in Colorado as we speak, most schools are getting out this week (if they aren't already) and with summer just around the corner, we're here to help kickstart your calendar for the season with some of our finest summer-appropriate projects, tutorials and products. You may love to get outdoors, but you can still find a project to accompany you. Maybe it's a stormy day and you need an activity to pass the time. Perhaps it is way too hot outside to be comfortable, which makes for the perfect excuse to stay inside and cool. Whatever you reason may be, check out all the parts and projects below to get a better idea of what to get started on!

Weather

Summer is the best time to get outside, which also makes it perfect for getting accurate temperature, humidity and barometric readings. We have multiple options to get you started, including an incredibly handy kit utilizing micro:bit!

SparkFun micro:climate kit for micro:bit

SparkFun micro:climate kit for micro:bit

KIT-15301
$117.95
SparkFun Weather Shield

SparkFun Weather Shield

DEV-13956
$39.95
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SparkFun Photon Weather Shield

SparkFun Photon Weather Shield

DEV-13674
$34.95
SparkFun ESP32 Thing Environment Sensor Shield

SparkFun ESP32 Thing Environment Sensor Shield

DEV-14153
$60.95
SparkFun Lightning Detector - AS3935 (Qwiic)

SparkFun Lightning Detector - AS3935 (Qwiic)

SEN-15276
$24.95
SparkFun Soil Moisture Sensor (with Screw Terminals)

SparkFun Soil Moisture Sensor (with Screw Terminals)

SEN-13637
$6.95
2
SparkFun Environmental Combo Breakout - CCS811/BME280 (Qwiic)

SparkFun Environmental Combo Breakout - CCS811/BME280 (Qwiic)

SEN-14348
$35.95
12
Weather Meters

Weather Meters

SEN-08942
$76.95
26

Health

What better time of year focus on fitness? We offer a multitude of different options to find your heart rate, electromyography (EMG) and oxygen readings, all from very simple set-ups!

MyoWare Muscle Sensor Development Kit

MyoWare Muscle Sensor Development Kit

KIT-14409
$82.95
1
BITalino (r)evolution Board Kit

BITalino (r)evolution Board Kit

DEV-14022
$209.95
SparkFun Single Lead Heart Rate Monitor - AD8232

SparkFun Single Lead Heart Rate Monitor - AD8232

SEN-12650
$19.95
16
Pulse Sensor

Pulse Sensor

SEN-11574
$24.95
12

Music

Be the life of the party when you bring your very own, custom audio player to your next BBQ, party or impromptu get-together! People will be sure to ask how you made it, but be warned, they'll also probably hit you up in the future when one of their electronics breaks down (if they don't already)!

SparkFun SparkPunk Sound Kit

SparkFun SparkPunk Sound Kit

KIT-11177
$37.95
6
SparkFun SparkPunk Sequencer Kit

SparkFun SparkPunk Sequencer Kit

KIT-12707
$62.95
3
WAV Trigger

WAV Trigger

WIG-13660
$51.95
27
MP3 Trigger

MP3 Trigger

WIG-13720
$49.95
12
Tsunami Super WAV Trigger

Tsunami Super WAV Trigger

WIG-13810
$79.95
8
SparkFun Qwiic MP3 Trigger

SparkFun Qwiic MP3 Trigger

DEV-15165
$19.95
2
SparkFun Papa Soundie Audio Player

SparkFun Papa Soundie Audio Player

DEV-14554
$26.95
SparkFun Little Soundie Audio Player

SparkFun Little Soundie Audio Player

DEV-14006
$14.95

Project Ideas

To round out the post, here are a few random projects we've created that can be put to good use in the warmer months! If you don't see one you like, we have hundreds more over on our Learn Site.

Interactive Smart Mirror

February 8, 2016

Build a smart mirror that displays weather data using the Intel® Edison.

DIY Light-Up Shoes

September 28, 2017

This tutorial provides everything you need to know to make your own light up high top sneakers!

Wireless Audio Bluetooth Adapter w/ BC127

December 14, 2017

Build a custom wireless audio Bluetooth adapter using BlueCreation's BC127 and add it to your old speaker system!

Raspberry Pi Zero Helmet Impact Force Monitor

March 8, 2018

How much impact can the human body handle? This tutorial will teach you how to build your very own impact force monitor using a helmet, Raspberry Pi Zero, and accelerometer!

LED Crystal Goddess Crown

September 27, 2017

Follow this tutorial to make your own Crystal Goddess Crown with LEDs!

Building an Autonomous Vehicle: The Batmobile

December 6, 2016

Documenting a six-month project to race autonomous Power Wheels at the SparkFun Autonomous Vehicle Competition (AVC) in 2016.

Light Up Pennant with E-Textiles

September 17, 2015

Show your school spirit, geek pride, or fandom with a light up pennant using the LilyTwinkle or LilyPad Arduino.

Sunrise Machine with the Tessel 2

October 13, 2016

Are you to sleepy to enjoy a sunrise on a brisk morning? Yeah...us too! No worries, with a Webcam, a Tessel 2 and a bit of code you can sleep in and catch the sunrise at your leisure with the Sunrise Machine.

These are just a few ideas to get you started this summer. Maybe you want to build a drone or robot? How about tackling machine learning and artificial intelligence? You can even stay in and read a book! Regardless, let us know what you are making this summer!

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