The Random Thoughts of a Geek heading for Banbury
The Random Thoughts of a Geek heading for Banbury

Week 3.5 – Things to buy to Learn Electronics and Micro Controllers

electronics kit

Most of the stuff you will need to do the electronic projects I do on this site can be got by going to Amazon (I have affiliate links), I know I have mentioned the Oomlout Starter Kit for Arduino, However I fear that this is discontinued 🙁

The Oomlout Starter kit contains:

  • 5mm Red LEDs (x10)
  • 5mm Green LEDs (x10)
  • 10mm Red LED (x1)
  • Toy Motor (x1)
  • Mini Servo Motor (x1)
  • 8-Bit Shift Register (74HC595) (x1)
  • Piezo Element (x1) (buzzer)
  • Pushbuttons (x2)
  • Potentiometer (10k) (x1)
  • Photo Resistor (x1)
  • Temperature Sensor (TMP36) (x1)
  • Relay (5v DPDT) (x1)
  • Transistors (2N222A) (x2)
  • Resistors (560 Ohm x25, 2.2k Ohm x3, 10k Ohm x3)
  • Diodes (1N4001) (x2)

A load of LEDs can be found in a Kit of 200 LEDs in five colours, you may also want Kit of 20 x 10 mm LEDs in four colours, The other way to get most of the components is to pick up a cheap starter kit of parts like this one or this one with an cheap Chinese Arduino Clone.


At some point soon I will also start working through the CamJam kits on a RaspberryPi; the parts required are the same as above with a few additions:

  1. Immersible temperature Sensor
  2. PIR (Passive Infrared) Sensor
  3. LDR (Light Dependent Resistor)
  4. A custom-designed, pre-soldered motor controller board (with screw terminals)
  5. An ultrasonic distance sensor (for detecting objects in front of your robot)
  6. A line follower sensor (for detecting and following black lines)

In week 2.5 I used a 555 Timer, these can be got from Farnell, or Amazon (x 10)

Other useful things

  • A number of solder less breadboards
  • Few capacitors (ceramic and electrolytic capacitors)
  • Soldering iron with soldering wire
  • LCD display for Arduino
  • TM 1637 module
  • DHT11 / DHT22module
  • A cheap multimeter

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