Early in the morning on Oct. 23, the SparkFun Electronics National Tour visited Hart County High School to work with 40 students and teachers during a full-day workshop focused on computer programming. The tour, sponsored by the Archway Partnership, was part of the school’s focus on science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, disciplines.

SparkFun Electronics, Inc. demonstrates electronics across many subjects with a focus on helping teachers and students learn the basics of electronics and programming to inspire them as they move forward with their education.

During the program, SparkFun instructors encouraged students to attempt coding in ways that made sense to them. Students learned the programming process through problem solving, teamwork, trial and error, scientific principles and creative exercises. The hands-on work allowed the students to learn a variety of materials at a fast pace. At the end of the program, students were given Inventor’s Kits to guide them through 14 projects. The kits also provided extensive support materials for future classroom integration.