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The MakerShield kit

If you've ever done any breadboarding, you know that it's great for sketching out an electronics idea, but terrible at storing a more permanent prototype. In the same way, fixing mistakes on soldered protoboard can be frustrating and messy.

The Arduino design strikes a great balance between these two options by exposing the pins of the microcontroller on top of the board in four female headers. Using these, you can snap in pre-made daughterboards, or shields, to add different applications. With the proper wires, you can easily use the Arduino with a standard breadboard to test out a circuit. With the MakerShield, however, you can transfer your working prototype to a shield that snaps into an Arduino just like a pre-built shield. The MakerShield makes it easy to build your own permanent prototypes as shields.

The MakerShield includes several on-board components (LEDs, potentiometers, tactile switches) that can be connected to the Arduino's inputs and outputs. A generous 19 x 13 through-hole prototyping area comprises the rest of the board.

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  • Common components included with pre-defined footprints
  • Components include a potentiometer, button, and (2) LEDs
  • Support for 3.3V & 5V circuits
  • ICSP (In Circuit Serial Programming) header in the same location as the Arduino boards
  • Power filtering capacitors on 5V and 3.3V lines

Advanced users might want to stack another shield (eg. an Ethernet shield) on top of the MakerShield. This isnít a problem since the MakerShield kit provides stackable header pins. Some other development boards, such as Netduino, require 3.3V analog signals instead of the Arduino's 5V. The MakerShield provides a jumper that allows you to select between either 5V or 3.3V signals on the potentiometer.

Please note: Assembly required (soldering). Does not include a microcontroller. Also available in the Ultimate Microcontroller Pack for Arduino.

Average Customer Review: 4 of 5 | Total Reviews: 17 Write a review.

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  1 of 1 people found the following review helpful:
Where to find build instructions July 8, 2013
Reviewer: Larry Diener from Apex, NC United States  
After multiple searches and fruitlessly following the links provided in the bill of materials included with the kit, I finally found the build instructions here:


Another perspective available here:

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  0 of 1 people found the following review helpful:
poor mechanical design can disconnect 5V supply... June 11, 2013
Reviewer: Britton Kerin from Fairbanks, AK United States  
Nice idea but it has a terrible flaw: the legs on the bottom of the pass-through blocks are short and feeble, and just barely make contact in the sockets below.  Cost me some time before I realized that my circuits 5V supply was coming and going.  This is not a general arduino problem, other shields (like the ethernet shield) ship with pass through blocks that
have longer and stronger tails that work fine.

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  0 of 1 people found the following review helpful:
No instructions, not for newbies April 21, 2013
Reviewer: Dane from St Louis, MO United States  
I think it would be great, but I don't recommend this if you are new.  I got two of them, neither work, both have the same problem and I have no idea why.  I have searched for hours trying to find some kind of trouble shooting or forums and there is nothing to help you with it.

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  8 of 8 people found the following review helpful:
Where to look, what to get January 20, 2012
Reviewer: Barry Millman from Ottawa, ON Canada  
If you buy this, strongly consider buying (at the same time)  the mini-breadboard to stick on it.  I didn't, and since I'm in Canada the postage is prohibitive.
Next.  The ASSEMBLY INSTRUCTIONS are found by clicking on the "How To" tab on the ad for the Makershield Kit on this site.
Third, I found that nail clippers worked better than my diagonal cutters for cutting the leads short.
Fourth, I'm junction-cautious.  I put an alligator clip across the LED leads (above the board, so the LED's float a bit) to dissipate the heat from my soldering pencil (30 watt).

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  1 of 2 people found the following review helpful:
Floating Button? December 31, 2011
Reviewer: M Belanger from Long Beach, CA United States  
So the on-board button has no pull-down (or up) resistor?  Was that on purpose?  Seems like it goes against the basic idea of the shield, adding the most-needed basic input and output items with a minimum of fuss.

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