Arduino Starter Kit


This page describes how to set up the Arduino starter kit. We assume that you have completed the Getting Started instructions.


The basic kit includes the following items:

  • Grove shield
  • Grove connector cables
  • push button
  • tilt switch
  • potentiometer
  • LED
  • light sensor
  • temperature sensor

Other versions of this kit may include:

  • screw terminal
  • relay
  • small servo

Assembly Instructions

  1. Attach the Arduino to the base plate using the provided screws.
  2. Attach the devices to the base plate using the provided screws. We recommend the layout shown below. The left side has the temperature sensor, light sensor, and potentiometer. The right side has the LED, tilt switch, and push button.
  3. Place the rubber feet on the botton using this pattern:
  4. Place the Grove shield on the Arduino.
  5. Connect the devices using the provided cables. We recommend the following connections:
    Device Pin
    Button D2
    Tilt Switch D4
    LED D6
    Potentiometer A0
    Light Sensor A2
    Temperature Sensor A3

Using the Kit

Sensor Introduction

The Sensor Introduction lesson is the perfect starting point for the devices included with the Basic Sensor Kit. It covers identifying and connecting the sensors, what kind of data they each provide, and how they can be used together for more complex sensing.

Sensor Circuits

The selection of sensors that comes in the basic kit is a great match for a ManyLabs lesson called Sensor Circuits. The Sensor Circuits lesson shows you how to create some virtual circuits that communicate with sensors and outputs connected to the Arduino. Open the Sensor Circuits lesson.

The first section of the lesson will check to make sure your Arduino is available. Once it's detected, continue to the next section. Follow the instructions on the left side of the screen for each section to create a virtual circuit that will interact with the sensors connected to your Arduino.

Sensor Plotter

You can use the Sensor Plotter tool to get live readings from your sensors. You can also explore other sensor lessons if you have the necessary sensors.


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