Component Shopping Made Simple Component Shopping Made Simple

Recently, you may have noticed some changes to the offerings in the Parallax web store. Specifically, we’ve been combining sales of individual components into component packs, including resistors, capacitors, hardware and LEDs.

You may be thinking to yourself, “Well hold your horses, Parallax! I really liked spending $0.15 on a single resistor and $0.50 on a small 4-40 screw! What’s with this component pack nonsense?”

However, dear customer, our... More

Educators now receive 15% off all Parallax purchases! Educators now receive 15% off all Parallax purchases!

We’re excited to offer this new discount to teachers. For over 20 years Parallax has been committed to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) education. We’re taking our commitment a step further by discounting our entire store for educators! 

Teachers can also request free samples of our products for evaluation (though limits must apply, of course.) We understand products must be assessed before they are designed into a curriculum. We want... More

SF02 Laser Rangefinder Unable to resist the temptation of the new SF02 Laser Rangefinder

It’s not very often I get to hook up hardware and write some code, but I couldn’t resist the temptation this time. Parallax is currently the only distributor of Lightware’s SF02 Laser Rangefinder. In keeping with Parallax’s approach of having only one or two key parts per category, this one really rounds out our distance sensing selection.

The SF02 is incredibly capable with a 0-40 meter (0-130 feet) range and +/- 1 cm resolution and 12 Hz update. At 40... More

Jessica Uelmen presents at the NSF Workshop Parallax Supports STEM Education at the National Science Foundation Workshop

After USASEF, Ken and I had the honor of attending a National Science Foundation workshop in order to provide industry input for their Research Experience for Teachers (RET) program. RET programs provide teachers with research opportunities in university or industry labs. The teachers then take the lessons learned during their research and integrate it into their classroom curriculum. To goal is to increase awareness in engineering careers for students in grades K-14.

We’d like to... More

Roaming Patriotic Arlos at USASEF 2014 Parallax attends the 2014 USA Science and Engineering Festival in Washington, DC

Two years ago we attended the USA Science and Engineering Festival in Washington DC where we taught 1,500 kids how to solder. In our eyes, the event could not get bigger or better the second time around - boy were we wrong!

This year’s USA Science and Engineering Festival held at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center was a free three-day event expected to draw over 250,000 attendees. Words cannot adequately describe how enormous this convention center... More