Make: MakerShield Kit for Arduino

Make: MakerShield Kit for Arduino

Design your own shields and create "permanent prototypes" for use with microcontrollers.


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. With the MakerShield 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.

 More Details:

  • 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
  • Power filtering capacitors on 5V and 3.3V lines

    Advanced users might want to stack another shield on top of the MakerShield. This isn't 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.

    Kit includes:

  • (1) Custom PCB
  • (1) Reset button
  • (1) User definable button
  • (2) User definable LED's (Red & Green)
  • (1) User definable potentiometer
  • (1) User selectable 3v3 or 5v jumper for the potentiometer (works with Arduino & Netduino)
  • Male 'stacking' header pins brings up all the micro-controller pins
  • (3) 3v3 Header pins
  • (3) 5v headers pins
  • (2) Ground header pins
  • (2) power filtering capacitors
  • (1) 6-pin ICSP header pin (in the same location as the Arduino, allowing you to stack shields that need it)
  • (2) Resistors for the LED's
  • 5v5 rail
  • Ground rail
  • Prototyping area (our mini breadboard fits perfectly)

  • The MakerShield is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.

    Schematic (PDF)