At The Shack, we’re big fans of science fairs, which means we’re also fans of kits that give you a great starting point for that cool project. Velleman is the undisputed leader in do-it-yourself kits and components, and we’re excited to partner with them to make it easier for you to get everything you need in one place. We’re introducing over a dozen new kits from Velleman that any tinkerer is sure to love, and they’ll be arriving at your local RadioShack store this week. Here’s a peek at some of the kits you can expect to find.
Spinning LED Wheel
Velleman kit MK152
The Spinning LED Wheel kit is a great beginner project for anyone looking to solder their first project. It consists of a circuit board, a few resistors, and a handful of LED lights. Once you put it all together, snap in a 9v Enercell battery and press the button. The LEDs will light up in a spinning motion and finally come to rest with just one lit up. Simple, yet fun.
1W/3W High-Power LED Driver
Velleman kit K8071
Moving up to something more advanced, the 1W/3W High-Power LED Driver kit is able to power most high-power LEDs with an accurate constant current. While this kit doesn’t include a power source or LEDs, it does come with a potting enclosure, for easy mounting. You won’t need a heatsink with this kit, either, and there is a built-in rectifier, if you’d rather connect an AC source. The high-power LED driver kit is a great starting place for anyone looking to add lights to their project, including stage and architectural lighting.
USB Experiment Interface Board
Velleman kit K8055
The USB Experiment Interface Board is a core kit that can build the foundation for any number of bigger projects and includes a host of input and output options, so the possibilities are endless. There is a USB interface so you can program this board via DLL, as well as a downloadable SDK pack with a few examples. The real beauty of this kit is the options it presents: you could connect a motion sensor and computer interface, so that it unlocks your computer when you wave your hand in front of it, or build something as complex as a walking robot.
Here’s the full list of Velleman kits you can expect to find in your local RadioShack store, you can use our RadioShack Store Locator to find the store closest to you.
- 1A Power Supply Kit (K1823)
- Metal Detector Kit (K7102)
- Start/Stop Timer Kit (K2579)
- 3W Mono Amplifier Kit (K8066)
- Sound to Light Kit (MK103)
- Flashing LED Sweetheart Kit (MK101)
- Flashing LEDs Kit (MK102)
- Multicolor LED Christmas Tree Kit (MK130)
- Pic Programmer Kit (K8048)
- Electronic Cricket Kit (MK104)
If you’ve picked up one of these fun kits and built something, leave a comment below or send an email to Social.Media@RadioShack.com, we’d love to know what cool things you’re building!