New product (#28901): 2×16 Blue Backlit Serial LCD

2 x 16 Serial LCD - Blue Backlit (#28901)

We’ve got a new Parallax 2 x 16 Serial LCD with Piezo Speaker (Backlit Blue) in stock. This LCD is probably the easiest to use due to the single I/O line serial interface. It works with any microcontroller system we offer, except the micro:bit which prefers an I2C interface. 

Future Innovators Fund Kit Recipient, Judah

The Future Innovators Fund started in 2021 thanks to a customer donation. At present, there’s over $3,000 available for specific students who show interest in the topics of robotics, coding, and electronics.  Our latest donation is an ActivityBot 360 to a student named Judah. As you can see from the look on his face, he’s […]

What’s a Microcontroller? with Python and micro:bit v2.0 Parts Kit Choices

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0s4j9SStVwY Educators launching the new “What’s a Microcontroller? with Python” curriculum in their Fall classes are asking about which kits they need. I wrote an overview post a few weeks back you may read before this one. Since we’ve not yet made a formal landing page for the series, the “getting started” pieces are found […]

Boe-Bots Used in Nebraska STEM Camp for Blind Students

Nebraska Blind Students Built Robots at STEM Camp Article in Lincoln Journal Star Newspaper Parallax’s educational partner cyber.org has established a unique niche in their educational program: teaching vision-impaired and blind students STEM education using the Boe-Bot. The BASIC Stamp Windows Editor works particularly well with screen readers, a requirement of the program. As shown […]

Renovations Underway at Parallax

Yesterday, we had our first walk-in customer in many months. He came in to buy a robot kit for a friend and was curious why our entire operation was in such disarray, so Kristina took him on a tour.  The Parallax site in Rocklin, California is undergoing some major changes in preparation for the future. […]

Free Shipping on all 12-Pack Plus Kits through August!

Educational customers may now purchase any of our popular 12-pack Plus Kits and receive free shipping today through August 20th, 2021 (domestic USA only). To do this, you’ll need to either place an educational purchase order or call our sales department and order by credit card (916) 624-8333.  Choose from these popular packages: ActivityBot 360 […]

Gripper 3.0 Manufacturing Problem – Request Replacement Parts!

28203 Gripper 3.0 for Parallax Small Robots

https://youtu.be/jPF1fJgh2TE We’re a bit embarrassed! We continually talk about our Made in the USA focus and how our Gripper 3.0 product showcases this effort, but we goofed up on several parts. Customers who ordered a Gripper between the beginning of March through the end of June 2021 will find that it doesn’t assemble like you’d […]