Where can we buy supplies for teaching electronics?

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Where can we buy supplies for teaching electronics?

Post by shawn » Wed Apr 08, 2015 7:42 pm

If you have recommendations for places to buy general or specific electronics supplies, please let us know by replying with contact information, preferably a web site and/or a store location, including state/province and nation.
Does the store offer bulk discounts?
Does the store offer tools, like soldering irons, test equipment, pliers, wire strippers, etc?
Does the store offer kits?
Does the store offer prepared boards like Arduino and Raspberry Pi?
Does the store have any specialties, any in-house products?
Does the store offer a discount or state-approved contract for educators or schools?
What are the typical shipping costs? Does the store offer international shipping?
Does the store specialize in education?

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MPJA Online—A Florida-based catalog

Post by shawn » Wed Apr 08, 2015 7:48 pm

Marlin P. Jones & Associates offers electronics components, kits, and tools, for hobbyists, engineers, and electricians.
They offer online shopping.
"Limited open accounts available to government, schools, hospitals and corporations...Orders shipped to an address in Florida must pay Florida State Sales Tax, unless we have a signed Florida sales tax certificate on file prior to shipping."
MPJA offers shipping via UPS and USPS Priority Mail. They only accept United States, US Territories and Canadian orders.
The web site includes about a dozen how-to articles for using common tools and components like a solder station, meters, resistors, and power supplies.

8380 Resource Drive, WPB FL 33404
P.O. Box 530400
Lake Park, Florida 33403
USA

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Sparkfun

Post by shawn » Wed Apr 15, 2015 10:26 pm

Does the store specialize in education?
SparkFun Electronics Department of Education views electronics as more than just a fun hobby or a career path, but as a creative medium for changing the face of education. Our curriculum, resources and products are designed specifically as hands-on learning tools to help today’s students learn 21st century skills like critical thinking, collaboration, communication and more. We want to help make current education models stronger and more effective.
We believe that by empowering students with the tools and knowledge they need not only to explore the world of electronics, but to take ownership over their own educational goals, we can build a better future. We hope you’ll join us.

Does the store offer tools, like soldering irons, test equipment, pliers, wire strippers, etc?
Yes.

Does the store offer kits?
Yes. https://www.sparkfun.com/categories/157

Does the store offer prepared boards like Arduino and Raspberry Pi?
Yes.

Does the store have any specialties, any in-house products?
Yes, SparkFun RedBoard - Programmed with Arduino https://www.sparkfun.com/products/12757
and SparkFun Inventor's Kit - V3.2 https://www.sparkfun.com/products/12060
And many, many break-out-boards!

Does the store offer bulk discounts?
Under special circumstances. Contact sales@sparkfun.com for more information.

Does the store offer a discount or state-approved contract for educators or schools?
We offer a 20% discount off almost all products, interested educators can apply here: https://learn.sparkfun.com/educator_dis ... 1417621684

Does the store offer a discount via click-through fundraisers like GoodShop.com or iGive?
No.

What are the typical shipping costs? Does the store offer international shipping?
Shipping cost is dependent on the weight and destination of the package. We offer several different shipping options all of which will be available during checkout. International shipping is available.
https://www.sparkfun.com/support#ShippingPolicy

Does the store offer technical support before/after purchase?
Yes. https://www.sparkfun.com/static/technical_assistance

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Modern Device

Post by shawn » Wed Apr 15, 2015 11:15 pm

Does the store specialize in education?
Yes! Many of our products grew out of things I designed for my classes at Rhode Island School of Design [where a founder still teaches]. An example is our wind sensors, which grew out of a project that needed to sense human breath up close, but without a mask or other encumbrance.

Does the store offer tools, like soldering irons, test equipment, pliers, wire strippers, etc?
We don’t have much of that - we recommend Electronix Express (east coast USA) for most of those things.

Does the store offer kits?
Yes we many kits for microcontrollers and our wireless JeeLabs modules.

Does the store offer prepared boards like Arduino and Raspberry Pi?
Yes we stock most of the Arduino catalog, but not in great quantity. We also have small quantities of Raspberry Pi to complement our boards that work with both platforms. Our own specialized Ardiuno clone, the BBB and the Educato, make superb first Arduinos, in our opinion.

Does the store have any specialties, any in-house products.
As I mentioned above the Bare Bones Board (world’s first Arduino workalike) Educato, Pulse Sensor, Wind Sensor, Current Sensor, SI114 Proximity Sensors, JeeLabs low-cost Radio Boards.

Does the store offer bulk discounts?

Yes we do. We also have various discounts for students and educators.

Does the store offer a discount or state-approved contract for educators or schools?
Yes
Does the store offer a discount via click-through fundraisers like GoodShop.com or iGive?
Not on our radar screen yet.

What are the typical shipping costs? Does the store offer international shipping?

We try to be competitive on our shipping prices because we realize it’s a point of comparison for students on a budget. We do ship internationally and there are live shipping quotes after you enter an address.

Does the store offer technical support before/after purchase?
Of course, and we answer our telephone.

http://moderndevice.com/

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