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STEM Gift Ideas

STEM gift ideas
STEM gift ideas

Take a look at our STEM gift ideas. Give the makers and inventors in your life, a gift to spark their imagination and inspiration, this Christmas.

Preparing today’s children to become the innovators and inventors of tomorrow, begins with play and exploration outside the classroom. A new study called “Jobs of the Future” states STEM jobs will increase at double the rate of other jobs between now and 2023.

STEM Gift Ideas Benefit Skills Development

Our STEM gift ideas are a way for children and young people to learn hands-on. They bring theory to life in fun and interactive ways.

Grove Starter Kit for Arduino

The Grove Starter Kit for Arduino is the perfect starter kit for Arduino beginners. No troublesome soldering and no complicated wiring. You can focus on learning the Arduino. This kit includes a Base Shield which has Grove connectors on board. You will receive twelve Grove modules, included in the kit. To help you get started, you’ll be able to follow the very helpful manual, included. Check out the full range of Grove Kits here.

“These Grove starter kits are a really neat and self-contained solution for anyone wanting to get started developing with Arduino.”

Martin Usher, Proto-PIC Managing Director

Grove Starter Kit for Arduino

STEM Gift Ideas: SparkFun Inventor’s Kit

SparkFun Inventor's Kit STEM Gift Ideas

Another great way to get started with programming is with the SparkFun Inventor’s Kit. Likewise in hardware interaction using the Arduino programming language. The kit includes everything you need to complete five overarching projects. It consists of 16 interconnected circuits that teach everything from blinking an LED to reading sensors. The culminating project is your very own autonomous robot! Above all, no previous programming or electronics experience is required to use this kit.

There is a full-colour, spiral-bound guidebook included. This contains step-by-step instructions for building each project and circuit with the included parts. It includes circuit diagrams and hookup tables. Full example code is provided. New concepts are explained at the time they are used. As you go along, troubleshooting tips are offered.

The Arduino starter kit does not require any soldering. It is recommended for beginners aged 10+.

Proto-PIC Maker Club ~ STEM Gift Ideas

Proto-PIC Maker Club

Treat your young inventors to a gift that keeps on giving with an annual subscription to the Proto-PIC Maker Club. If you’d like to make a 20% saving, sign up for the annual subscription. You’re invited to be part of an exclusive Maker Club at Proto-PIC with an electronics project posted every month. This is an ideal gift for aged 12+. Gain hands on electronics experience, develop coding skills and work with new components. A Proto-PIC maker club subscription fosters creativity and builds resilience. Every month, children can learn at their own pace. They will build confidence, resilience and develop problem solving skills. Our kits help build confidence and encourage knowledge application. Maker Club subscribers are taught skills and knowledge which will bode well for their future careers.

Stocking Fillers – STEM Gift Ideas

Ensure you include in Christmas stockings, some STEM gift ideas that promote learning in a stealth way. Our soldering kits are perfect for beginners. You may like to complete our free short course on soldering in the Proto-PIC Academy.

Lighthouse – Beginners soldering kit

Lighthouse – Beginners soldering kit

Soldering Kit for Beginners

Soldering Kit for Beginners STEM Gift Ideas

Heart Soldering Kit

Heart Soldering Kit STEM Gift Ideas

Unigeek – A Unicorn Badge Soldering Kit

Unigeek - A Unicorn Badge Soldering Kit

Proto-PIC’s soldering kits are a great introduction to soldering and basic electronic principles. Take a look at our full range of soldering supplies and kits here.

LED Range – Diffused, Clear, RGB, 3mm, 5mm and 10mm

An ideal stocking filling are our range of basic through hole LEDs. They are available in 3mm, 5mm, 10mm in all the standard colours. LEDs are a staple of every electronics project.

LED Range – Diffused, Clear, RGB, 3mm, 5mm and 10mm

Carbon Film Resistors

Carbon Film Resistors

Similarly, don’t forget your current limiting resistors! Because they are made by Royal Ohm, they are also great quality. They have a tolerance of 5% and will suit most electronics requirements. For a 5V circuit we recommend 150 Ohm or 180 Ohm resistors.

Our Top Sellers in STEM Gift Ideas:

1Sheeld+ Arduino Shield CEL-14333

 1Sheeld+ Arduino Shield CEL-14333 STEM Gift Ideas

1Sheeld turns your IOS or Android smartphone into a re-configurable Arduino shield.

With one of these, the sky is the limit with what you can do. You can do all sorts of things from controlling a radio controlled car to sending social media messages. Receive a tweet to water your plants. You can do anything that a powerful smartphone can do.

DSO Nano v3 Digital Storage Oscilloscope

DSO Nano v3 Digital Storage Oscilloscope STEM Gift Ideas

The DSO Nano V3 is a pocket-size compatible 32bit digital storage oscilloscope. Based on ARM -M3, it’s equipped with 320*240 color display, SD card, USB port and recharging function. It’s compact, simple to operate; meets the basic demands of school lab, electric furniture repairment and electric engineering.

Arduino UNO compatible project starter kit

The Proto-PIC Arduino UNO compatible project starter kit offers great value for money. The recipient of this kit will be able to make a huge number of projects. You will receive a handy storage box, as shown in the picture. We’ve included some useful tutorials on Proto-PIC’s YouTube channel.

Arduino UNO compatible project starter kit
Arduino UNO compatible project starter kit STEM Gift Ideas
Arduino UNO compatible project starter kit STEM Gift Ideas

Festive Lighting – LED Strips

Most noteworthy, don’t miss stocking up on LED strips for mood lighting and festive lighting displays. The LED strips are great value for money. Use them for accent lighting, lighting up kitchen cupboards, around the television and for shelving. Our waterproof range allow you to use outdoors for spectacular lighting displays. You can choose from a range of sizes.

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Microbit Lesson Plan

microbit lesson plan

This blog post is full of ideas to support schools in their STEM curriculum. Don’t miss downloading the Microbit Lesson Plan for use with the Phys:bit and micro:bit.

In the lead up to the Christmas holiday break, you can get your students into the festive season. Your students will enjoy our countdown timer project for the New Year. On completion of Proto-PIC Academy courses, students can download a certificate of achievement.
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Educator Discount

We offer 30-day accounts
for all UK & Irish Schools, Colleges and Universities.


*PO Value must be over £50 ex VAT

Microbit Lesson Plan

Microbit Lesson Plan

Microbit Lesson Plan

The Scottish Schools Education Research Centre (SSERC) suggested using BBC micro:bits as an aid to teaching potential dividers. And also switching circuits. SSERC have written some programs on how you can wire up “choc block” connectors. This is so you can use the devices with electronic components such as LDRs and LEDs.

Some teachers reported students found the approach too fiddly. As a result, Proto-PIC worked with educators to develop the Proto-PIC board and accessories for the BBC micro:bit. Click the image above to read the SSERC STEM bulletin.

Click to learn more about the Proto-PIC Phys:bit kit – physics classroom add-on for micro:bit & download Proto-PIC’s microbit lesson plan

Microbit Lesson Plan

Introduce your class to exciting new components to work with every month. Create a STEM project, with Proto-PIC’s electronics monthly subscription box.

Each kit box contains an electronics project. Plus, a colour printed instruction magazine for students to follow with step-by-step instructions and learning topics.

Proto-PIC Maker Club is aimed for anyone aged 12 to adult. Your students will gain hands-on experience of working in electronics and develop their coding skills. Your class will gain real-life skills that are used in professional, technical careers. Students will develop skills, build confidence, work with new components, create projects and collaborate.

Order the quantity you require for your class and these will automatically be shipped in the third week of every month.

You can choose to subscribe on a monthly, bi-annual or annual basis. Receive a delivery of kit boxes every month for the duration of your subscription.

Order Maker Club Now
Microbit Lesson Plan

Proto-PIC Out and About



In September, Proto-PIC enjoyed a fantastic time at Insp-Hire, a new event for those aged 4 to 14, and their parents or guardians, to learn about the fourth industrial revolution and how this will impact their future. The event was held at Glasgow Caledonian University.

Technology is moving at such a pace and Insp-Hire aims to to educate and excite children about their future careers – and find out what skills they might need to get their dream job!

On the day, there was inspirational speakers including Gillian Docherty from Data Lab, an amazing interactive exhibition space with virtual reality, digital twinning, 3D printers, electric vehicles and more. There were workshops where parents and children could interact together to learn to solve a cyber security attack, code Lego and build their own Fitbit. Plus much more, including Proto-PIC’s stand where children received a free soldering kit and enjoyed becoming the greatest living banana pianist with the Sparkfun Makey Makey Kit

To top it all off….the event was free of charge! And was a great day out for families.  
BBC Micro:bit Schools
The Proto-PIC Gas:Bit gas sensor breakout board for the BBC Micro:bit is a best-seller and popular with schools. It is simple to use. The gas:bit adds a range of gas detection capabilities to the Micro:Bit, including hydrogen, methane, propane, smoke & more. Click the image above to learn more.

STEM Education

Proto-PIC are passionate about working with Educators to share their knowledge and interest in STEM subjects. We provide a range of services and products to support schools, colleges and universities in developing their STEM curriculum. This includes, running Maker Club workshops and training. One of our most popular classroom workshops is developing an automatic plant watering system. We run this both directly with students and with teachers, as part of, STEM teacher training.

Primary Schools

Micro:bit schools Lesson Plans
The BBC Micro:bit is an ARM-based embedded system developed by the BBC for use in education. It is aimed at getting children into electronics – something very close to our hearts at Proto-PIC – and can be programmed via a web interface. It has LEDs mounted on the board so children can make scrolling messages or simple graphics. They can even connect up other things like temperature sensors using the croc clip rings on the board.
STEM for Primary

Secondary Schools

STEM Lesson Plan
Enable your students to set their ideas alive with activities using the BBC micro:bit, Raspberry Pi and Arduino. Working closely with you, we can design specific projects and kit for hands-on learning. Our work is aligned with the curriculum, supporting students develop their skills in communication, problem-solving, collaboration and critical thinking. As well as, skills in exploration, invention, computational thinking and curiosity.
STEM for Secondary

Higher Education

Micro:bit Lesson Plan
A number of key education services are provided by Proto-PIC. We support the development of STEM curriculum through the project design and manufacture of components. Proto-PIC can also assemble kits purchased from our store for you, write Arduino sketches, provide design consultancy, and can program a wide range of Atmel AVR chips as well as PICs. Encouraging a love for STEM is close to our hearts.
STEM for HE
If you’d like to discuss further, how Proto-PIC can support your STEM curriculum, please contact us by phone or email.
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Electronics Components

electronics components

Proto-PIC is a leading purveyor of electronics components and an interactive, inspiring hub for Makers and Educators. Our site is the place to learn via the Proto-PIC Academy, share in our community forum and discover latest news and products. Buy electronics, receive FREE technical support and join our Maker Club. Plus Educators and Students, don’t forget to sign up for your educational discount.

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Here’s just a few highlights, which we think you’re going to like.
components at Proto-PIC
Enhance your knowledge by learning for free at the Proto-PIC Academy. If you pass our short courses, you’ll earn a certificate.
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Maker Club

Proto-PIC Maker Club
Proto-PIC Maker Club is an electronics, monthly subscription box. Our limited edition Proto-PIC Maker Club, gives you a monthly box containing an electronics project delivered directly to your door. This exclusive club is limited in numbers, with an electronics project shipping in the third week of every month. When the quota is gone, it’s gone! Save 20% on a 12 month subscription! 
Learn more about the Maker Club here
Student and Educator discounts at Proto-PIC
We offer educational discounts to all UK and Irish schools, colleges and universities on all orders over £50 ex VAT. Order Maker Club kits for your classroom and receive a further discount on the subscription savings.If you’re an Educator, read about our work with schools in the STEM Bulletin. 

If you’re a student, contact us with your valid.ac.uk or .edu email address and tell us which course you are studying. Once we check your eligibility, we will then send you an email with a lovely Coupon Code entitling you to save 10% on the product prices of any future purchases made including the Maker Club, until the end of the summer term. Stock up on all the electronics components that you need.

Top Selling Electronics Components

DSO NANO V3 DIGITAL STORAGE OSCILLOSCOPE
Electronics Components at Proto-PIC
1SHEELD+ ARDUINO SHIELD CEL-14333 - Electronics Components at Proto-PIC
MICRO:PIXEL EDGE 1X10 WS2812B BOARD FOR MICRO:BIT

Besides electronics components, there is a whole host of services offered by Proto-PIC. Click the image below to read more about our range of consultancy services for individuals, educators and business.

Electronics Components at Proto-PIC