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SparkFun Electronics to Host Continuing Education Class in Conjunction with the Colorado School of Mines

Introduction to Microcontrollers for K-12 Educators will cover the basics of embedded electronics

BOULDER, Colo., March 21, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- On March 31 and April 1, 2012, SparkFun Electronics (http://www.sparkfun.com), provider of parts, knowledge and passion for electronics creation, will host a new class called "Introduction to Microcontrollers for Educators." This workshop, which will focus on covering the basics of embedded electronics and physical computing, is offered through a partnership with the Colorado School of Mines (http://www.mines.edu). Through this relationship, students in the class will have the option of receiving one unit of credit to the School of Mines.

The Introduction to Microcontrollers for Educators class is designed to not only familiarize teachers with embedded electronics, but to provide them with ways to help integrate physical computing into their lesson plans. The class will cover everything from conductive play dough and giant breadboards, to programming and learning how to solder.

"We're really excited to have the opportunity to improve the accessibility of technology in the classroom by spending a weekend working with our local educators," said SparkFun director of education Lindsay Levkoff. "Computer programming is a 21st century skill with endless STEAM curriculum tie-ins. During the two-day workshop, SparkFun will be training the educators on the skills necessary to understand and teach basic microcontroller programming as well as the circuits in the SparkFun Inventor's Kit. We look forward to introducing various open source technologies to educators."

The class will take place on March 31 and April 1, 2012 from 9 AM to 5 PM at SparkFun headquarters in Boulder, Colo. There are no prerequisites to attend the class and spots are still available.

If you would like to learn more about SparkFun Electronics' class offering, please visit: (http://www.sparkfun.com/products/11127).

About SparkFun Electronics
Founded in 2003, SparkFun shares its passion by providing parts, knowledge, and innovation for those looking to explore the world of embedded electronics. It helps anyone discover their inner inventor and enables individuals to create their own electronics projects.

SparkFun currently offers more than 1,800 products, ranging from simple components, like capacitors and resistors, to GPS units and Bluetooth modules. The company employs 140 people and is based in Boulder, Colorado.

Find SparkFun on Twitter (http://www.twitter.com/SparkFun), Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/SparkFun), Flickr (http://www.flickr.com/SparkFun), YouTube (http://www.youtube.com/SparkFun), Vimeo (http://www.vimeo.com/SparkFun), and Google+ (https://plus.google.com/106084846822083498483/posts)

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