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Education Resources from NVIDIA – Take Your AI Teaching and Learning to the Next Level

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Whether you are a professor, student or an individual who is wanting to teach or learn more about AI, NVIDIA has released a number of educational resources to support your needs. You can access all the tools below free of charge to get the most out of your Jetson Nano.


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NVIDIA Teaching Kits for Qualified Educators

The NVIDIA DLI Teaching Kits include multimedia and downloadable instructional materials that provide the foundation for understanding and building expertise in AI. Co-developed with university faculty, courses include Accelerated Computing, Data Science, Deep Learning, and Edge AI and Robotics. Each Teaching Kit includes some combination of:

  • Lecture slides
  • Lecture videos
  • Hands-on labs/coding projects/solutions
  • Online DLI courses with certification
  • eBooks
  • GPU cloud resources

Qualified educators can also receive codes for free access to DLI online, self-paced training for themselves and their students.


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Jetson AI Courses Specialist/Ambassador Certifications

NVIDIA’s Deep Learning Institute (DLI) delivers practical, hands-on training and certification in AI at the edge for developers, educators, students, and lifelong learners. NVIDIA offers two certificate tracks— Jetson AI Specialist that anyone can complete and Jetson AI Ambassadorship for educators and instructors.

Jetson AI Specialist

This certificate, open to anyone, recognizes competency in Jetson and AI using a hands-on, project-based assessment. While this track is ideal for advanced learners to build on their existing AI knowledge, beginners can follow the in-depth video tutorials and get up to speed quickly.

Jetson AI Ambassador

This certificate is for educators and recognizes competency in teaching AI on Jetson. This track is ideal for educators or instructors who want to be fully prepared to teach AI to their students. In addition to the instructor certificate, NVIDIA offers numerous instructional tools and many other benefits.


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Getting Started on AI with Jetson Nano

This self-paced, online course is designed for developers, researchers, students, and hobbyists. The goal of the course is to build foundational AI skills to enable people to get creative with the Jetson Nano. The course uses Jupyter iPython notebooks and your own Jetson Nano (hardware not included) to build a deep learning classification project with computer vision models. In this course, participants learn to:

  • Set up the Jetson Nano and camera
  • Collect image data for classification models
  • Annotate image data for regression models
  • Train a neural network on your data to create your own models
  • Run inference on the Jetson Nano with the models you create

To enroll, please visit the registration page.

To get the materials you need for the course, purchase SparkFun's DLI Kit for Jetson Nano.


NVIDIA’s Free, Online Global Technology Conference (GTC)

Explore the latest technologies and business innovations. Learn from experts how AI and the evolution of the 3D Internet are profoundly impacting industries—and society as a whole. Join NVIDIA for the online conference September 19-22, 2022 and be part of what comes next. Registration is free. Each session is delivered by tech innovators or business leaders using the latest tech advancements to tackle the world’s greatest challenges. Explore real use cases, discover new interests, and get tips from subject matter experts doing groundbreaking work in your field of interest

DLI Instructor-led, hands-on technical training at GTC

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If you’re interested in developing key skills in AI, accelerated data science, or accelerated computing, you can get instructor-led training from DLI at GTC. Full-day workshops are taught by DLI-certified instructors who are experts in their fields, delivering industry-leading technical knowledge to drive breakthrough results.


Looking to get your hands on some SparkFun products that allow you to explore AI? Check out our Machine Learning and AI Concept Kit, a perfect starting point for experimenting in this field.

Machine Learning and AI Concept Kit

Machine Learning and AI Concept Kit

KIT-20169
$89.95

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Submit Your Jetson Project to the SparkFun and NVIDIA Community Project Contest!

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In case you've been out of the loop, we are in the middle of our #SummerofJetson with NVIDIA Embedded! Quizzes, prizes, educational resources, and a project showcase offer a whole array of ways to use and learn about your Jetson Nano this summer. We've already run 3 quizzes, with the 4th going up today! Check out this blog for more information.


To cap off this eventful summer, we are hosting a Community Project Contest!

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Rules:

  • Make a project using your Jetson Nano (or reuse an old project)

  • Document and upload that project somewhere online (we like Hackster and Instructables, but feel free to use whatever platform you are comfortable with)

  • Tag us and NVIDIA Embedded on Twitter, link to your project, and make sure to use the hashtag #SummerofJetson

  • Contest closes at the end of September. 3 winners will be picked by SparkFun and NVIDIA Embedded and will receive a Machine Learning at Home Kit!

SparkFun Machine Learning @ Home Kit for NVIDIA Jetson Nano

SparkFun Machine Learning @ Home Kit for NVIDIA Jetson Nano

KIT-18157
$123.50

And if you're struggling to come up with ideas for what to make for the contest...

Resources to learn more about your Jetson Nano!

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We can't wait to see what incredible projects and ideas you come up with using your Jetson Nano this summmer. Shoot us a tweet @sparkfun, or let us know on Instagram, Facebook or LinkedIn.

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User Success Story: Caving with RTK

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The Search For Inexpensive and Portable Positional Accuracy As both a caver (a person who explores caves, often referred to as spelunking) for more than 30 years and an ambitious contributor to an open-source map project (OpenStreetMap (OSM)) since 2009, Eric Sibert has a long-standing passion for positional accuracy. In all that time, Sibert has been on a quest to find an accurate and portable tool that allows him to easily switch between these tasks - a quest that has proven to be not so simple.

To meet his requirements, he would need a tool that could be taken into remote caves, but also provide extreme accuracy for correcting street-level data. This dilemma ended up being a drawn-out and fruitless endeavor for quite some time. “I’ve been watching for years for potential GPS chips providing raw data at a low price. I made some attempts in the mid-2000s with the SiRF III chip.”

Click here to find out how Sibert finally found the product he was looking for.

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SparkFun RTK Express

SparkFun RTK Express

GPS-18442
$534.95
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Hackster Projects to Inspire You!

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Has the Summer heat got you down, zapping your energy, developing into a creative slump? Perhaps, in the mid-year, you have felt your well of inspiration has begun to run dry? Fear not! Here are some inspiring project ideas from Hackster to get those creative juices flowing again.

Project 1: The VitiBox Cloud, a ground-based image collection system designed for VitiVisor.

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From Hackster: "The story started in mid-2018, at the invitation of Riverland Wine, researchers from the University of Adelaide visited a range of Riverland vineyards and discussed with growers key pain points and future ambitions as they relate to digital viticulture....messages that would form the basis of what has now become ‘VitiVisor’."

The University of Adelade describing how VitiVisor works, "The ground-based vision system (GBVS) collects and analyses imagery from camera systems that can be mounted on any agricultural vehicle and can interpret these images through a set of sophisticated computer vision algorithms to generate insights for growers."

This project implemented the SparkFun GPS-RTK-SMA Breakout -ZED-F9P Board. As you can see, it's got great potential to be the star in your next GPS-RTK project!

SparkFun GPS-RTK-SMA Breakout - ZED-F9P (Qwiic)

SparkFun GPS-RTK-SMA Breakout - ZED-F9P (Qwiic)

GPS-16481
$274.95
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Project 2: An innovative wearable technology for visually impaired peoples.

Although this project is from 2017, its ingenuity and humanitarian focus still feel pertinent! From Muhammed Azhar, the relevant maker, this project is a, "Third eye for people who are blind is an innovation which helps the blind people to navigate with speed and confidence by detecting the nearby obstacles using the help of ultrasonic waves and notify them with buzzer sound or vibration. They only need to wear this device as a band or cloth."

Get the Arduino Pro Mini 328 to replicate this project!

Arduino Pro Mini 328 - 5V/16MHz

Arduino Pro Mini 328 - 5V/16MHz

DEV-11113
$10.95
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Project 3: Practice meditation using a "Breathing Light", a lamp that dims by a predefined breathing program

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This project is great for beginners or those who are looking for a breathing aid while practicing meditation! The background to this project starts, "A friend of mine asked me to build a Breathing Light for him. What is a breathing light? It is a lamp that dims by a predefined breathing program. By looking at the lamp and synchronizing your breath with it, you can calm yourself and practice many kinds of meditation."

This project takes advantage of the ESP8266's WiFi capabilities, turning it into an access point and configuring the light with an HTML form. Check it out!

SparkFun ESP8266 Thing - Dev Board

SparkFun ESP8266 Thing - Dev Board

WRL-13711
$18.50
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Project 4: This project compares solar irradiance performance between fixed system and a tracking system.

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Have you ever wondered how much better tracking systems are (as compared to fixed systems) at measuring solar irradiance? Maybe you want to install solar panels and are considering if installing a tracking system is worth it?

Team A&T Robotics describes this project as, "This project compares solar panel irradiance between two well-known systems – fixed vs. tracking. Most solar generation systems used for residential areas have fixed solar panels, frequently mounted on the roof. Some solar generation sites have panels mounted in the fixed but optimal angle that can be used year-round. Some sites use adjustable tilt angle panels whose tilt angles are adjusted each season to improve efficiency."

The Big Easy Driver is a stepper motor driver board for bi-polar stepper motors, and was easily integrated into this project to help control the rotation of the system. Get yours today!

Big Easy Driver

Big Easy Driver

ROB-12859
$21.50
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We can't wait to see what awesome ideas you'll come up with! Make sure to share them by shooting us a tweet @sparkfun, or let us know on Instagram, Facebook or LinkedIn. A special thanks to those whose projects we featured in today's blog. We appreciate the contributions from the whole maker community!

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Summer of Jetson Nano! Great Resources & Activities for Jetson Nano Users

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Are You Looking For Awesome Ways to Learn More About Your Jetson Nano?

Great news! Running from June 21st to September 30th, SparkFun and NVIDIA are offering many ways to engage and learn with your Jetson Nano!

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Starting today, the summer of Jetson includes...

Resources to learn more about your Jetson Nano!

6 LinkedIn Quizzes with Prizes

Every two weeks on Tuesdays, we will release a single question via a LinkedIn quiz - all questions will relate to the Jetson Nano. Here are the details.

  • Quiz Release Dates: Jun 21, July 5, July 19, August 2, August 16, and August 30
  • Window to Submit Your Answer: Quizzes will be will be open for 1 week
  • Where to Find Quizes: SparkFun's LinkedIn page - first quiz is live now!
  • Follow Us: Be sure to follow both SparkFun and NVIDIA in LinkedIn
  • Win A Prize!: we will message one lucky winner per quiz on LinkedIn - the prize is box full of cool things from SparkFun and NVIDIA

(hint: the DLI course would be a huge help).

Due to current restrictions, requirements, and delays with shipping to specific regions, prizes can not be shipped to China, Africa, India, and nations with US sanctions

Community Project Showcase on Hackster

And finally, we are capping the summer off with a project showcase on Hackster!

More details on this to come when we launch this on August 2nd. In the meantime, build up your knowledge-base and get thinking about project ideas!


We can't wait to see what incredible projects and ideas you come up with using your Jetson Nano this summmer. Shoot us a tweet @sparkfun, or let us know on Instagram, Facebook or LinkedIn.

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Longmont Innovation Robot Center Visits SparkFun

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Editor's Note: This is a guest blog written by the Innovation Center. To find out more about the Innovation Center, head over to their website! Okay, now for the actual blog...

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A Little Background

The Innovation Center of St. Vrain Valley Schools seeks to transcend the traditional classroom and provides experiential opportunities that are developing today’s students into tomorrow’s leaders, innovators, and change-makers. As a part of these efforts, the Innovation Center hosts dozens of “project teams” across several focus areas that seek to complete real projects for real people alongside industry partners who provide incredible mentorship opportunities for students.

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SparkFun Electronics has been a long-standing partner with The Innovation Center. Industry experts from SparkFun have generously provided their time, energy, and expertise to students - largely in the form of mentorship. This mentorship has been key in seeing several projects get off the ground and the afternoon of May 13th proved to be no exception.

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Electrical Engineer, Pete Lewis, has been helping the Electrical team from Aquatics Robotics of the Innovation Center for a little over 2 years, helping with the layout of the board in Eagle and the physical production of the PCB. When laying out the board in Eagle, Pete explained many important steps to designing the board, such as library work, trace placement and strategic part placement.

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The Project

The Electrical team was tasked with creating a PCB for controlling and distributing power to six motors. This PCB is designed to operate on an underwater remotely operated rover, called Rapids Prototype. The Electrical team consists of Alex Fong, Ben Howard, Ben Gunn, and Ian Labadie. Alex, and Ian were the original designers of the board, with both Ben’s joining at a later time.

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Sparkfun was crucial in the completion of the board. In order to complete the board, external electrical components needed to be soldered onto the board using solder paste. The PCB required a multitude of Surface-Mounts which were placed on top of the respective pads, Through-Holes, which would stick through the board and require manual soldering, and Ball-Grid-Array components, which are extremely small and hard to place without the proper equipment. Sparkfun had an oven perfectly suited for solder paste. When all the surface-mounts and Ball-Grid Array components were placed, the oven could heat and solder every part on at once. In addition, the staff and workers were very generous with helping out and the job became much easier.

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At Sparkfun, the first step to soldering the board was stenciling. With stenciling, there’s a template for the PCB that is used to place solder paste on the pads. It’s a two-step process of applying solder paste and cleaning the excess solder to be reused. Each member took turns applying solder and cleaning it off using putty knives. When Ben Howard finished stenciling the board, the team had approximately 2 hours to place all the parts on the pads with solder before the paste dried completely. This was a major challenge as the team had over 400 parts to place over 3 boards. The team created an assembly line system placing the same parts on each board and eliminating parts off the list on all boards.

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It was especially exhilarating to place the parts in the oven with every part placed. We had to be careful walking down the stairs from the Sparkfun classroom, and cautious walking to the oven because of the numerous amounts of parts on each board. Sparkfun’s oven is designed to act like a conveyor belt that heats up at different places in the belt. This is tuned to perfectly heat up solder paste. While it was simply a conveyor belt oven, it was amazing to see all 3 of our boards come out soldered with our parts on.

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Overall, working with Sparkfun was an amazing experience, whether it was working with Pete Lewis online and placing parts on a board in CAD, or being able to work in-person to finish a board. The Electrical team wouldn’t have gotten as far as it has without SparkFun’s equipment and amazing engineers. There were so many fun and unique attractions that added onto the experience at Sparkfun Electronics and it was amazing to go through the process of stenciling, physically placing, and cooking printed circuit boards that were in development since quarantine.

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We'd Love To Hear From You!

Do you have any stories of making custom PCBs or have any interesting designs you want to share with us? Let us know in the comments below, shoot us a tweet @sparkfun, or let us know on Instagram, Facebook or LinkedIn.

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