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Makerspace: Electronics & Robotics: Home

Getting Started

There are two types of equipment listed on this page:

  1. Loanable technology, which may be borrowed by NAIT staff and students and taken out of the library.
  2. Non-loanable technology, which is meant for in-library use only and cannot be taken home.

For more information on borrowing equipment, visit our Loanable Technology page.


Arduino is an open-source platform used for building electronics projects. Arduino consists of both a physical programmable circuit board (microcontroller) and software (IDE) that operates the computer and is used to upload code to the physical board. It is available for loan.

The GL-36 Breadboard is a solderless prototyping board designed to allow the quick construction of electronic circuits. You can use them alone as well as in conjunction with tools like Arduino for more sophisticated projects. It is available for loan.

The Raspberry Pi is a credit-card sized Linux micro computer. It is extremely versatile, powering projects from the weather controls of a giant aquarium (simulating the Cayman Islands!), to animated theme park dinosaurs, and everything in-between. It is available for loan.

Solarbotics' soldering kit is a beginner kit that introduces you to soldering for electronics. It is available for loan.

There is one electronic workbench located in the library. It includes:

  • Anti-static mat
  • Programmable power supply (Rigol DP832)
  • Oscilloscope (Rigol DS1074)
  • Digital multimeter (DM3058)
  • Digital waveform generator (Rigol DG1022A)
  • Soldering wand

The workbenches are available for walk-in use: first-come, first-served.


The LEGO Mindstorms Education EV3 Core is a third generation robotics kit containing software and hardware to create customizable, programmable robotsThe LEGO Mindstorms Education EV3 Expansion Set contains added bricks, elements and parts to accompany the core set. Both are available for loan.


The GoPiGo Base Kit is a complete kit to build your own robot car. Use a Raspberry Pi to create a moveable car. It is available for loan.



The BrickPi+ Kit is an interface between Raspberry Pi and the Lego Mindstorms ecosystem. It creates a robot with a more powerful computer and interface. It is available for loan.

The VEX IQ Super Kit is an introduction robotics set to build snap together robots. It contains structural and motion components, motors, sensors, robot brain and a controller. The VEX Foundation Add-On Kit contains added structural and motion components to accompany the core set. Both kits are available for loan.


The Dobot is a desktop-based robotic arm. It is available for use in U310A. 

Source: Dobot


Virtual Reality

The Oculus Rift Virtual Reality Headset is a goggle like set that immerses the user in a three-dimensional world in which your head movements are tracked to create movement. It works with the Oculus Touch Controller, which lets you manipulate objects in your virtual environment for more realistic, memorable, and tactile VR. Both are available for loan.

The computer in U310A is capable of supporting VR experiences. Check in at the Library Help Desk if you would like to use it.

Equipment in this Guide

Arduino Kits

GL-36 Breadboard

Raspberry Pi

Soldering Kits & Workbenches

Lego Mindstorms


Brick Pi+