What's a Microcontroller? Educator Resources

The BASIC Stamp Microcontroller is one of the most user-friendly microcontrollers available.  The BASIC Stamp is programmed using PBASIC - arguably the easiest text-based language for beginners to learn.  Ideal for students who are new to programming and electronics, the BASIC Stamp, the Board of Education, and the Homework Board are time-tested platforms, making them some of the best places for students to begin learning.  The complete What's a Microcontroller? learning system includes the educator resources, hardware, software, and textbooks.  Links to each component of the complete What's a Microcontroller? system can be found on this page.

Educator Resources

Here you will find links to educator resources for What's a Microcontroller?.  If you are logged into learn.parallax.com as a registered educator, links for each of these pages containing downloadable resources will appear at the bottom of this page.  To request an educator login for learn.parallax.com, email us at education@parallax.com using your school address.  The links below include:

  • Course Guides (coming soon!)
  • Assessment Resources (coming soon!)
  • Source Code
  • Extra Resources
    • Includes resources for:
      • Process Controls
      • Smart Sensors and Applications
      • BASIC Analog and Digital


The What's a Microcontroller? kits, spare parts, and accessories can be purchased through our store site or by calling 888-512-1024 and asking for sales.

BASIC Stamp Activity Kit

BASIC Stamp Discovery Kit

What's a Microcontroller? Parts Kit

What's a Microcontroller? activities with Boe-Bot parts


To program the BASIC Stamp microcontroller, you will need to download and install software on to your computer.  Software is available for Windows, Mac, and Chrome (most platforms):

BASIC Stamp Software Downloads


In addition to a printed copy, What's a Microcontroller? can be downloaded as a PDF here:

What's a Microcontroller? Full Text


The BASIC Stamp microcontroller is programmed in PBASIC. A reference for the PBASIC programming language can be found here:

PBASIC Language Reference 

Going Further

Once you've completed the What's a Microcontroller?, Robotics with the Boe-Bot uses the BASIC Stamp to teach robotics along with additional programming and electronics concepts:

Robotics with the Boe-Bot Educator Page 

There are several textbooks that, even though they are no longer in print, contain ideas for activities and projects.  There are also code and educator resources available for these texts under the "Extra Resources" section if you are logged in below.

Smart Sensors and Applications Text

Process Controls Text

BASIC Analog and Digital Text

Finally, project and activity ideas are available here:

Projects on Learn

Even more ideas and resources available on our Forums


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Educator Only Access - Additional Resources are available for registered educators!

You either aren't logged in as a verified educator, or you do not have an educator account with us. If you are an educator and you are using Parallax products in your classroom, or you are interested in knowing more about what resources are available, we encourage you to request access to these additional curriculum and assessment resources.

To request educator-only access, please introduce yourself to our Educational Staff. We usually request some basic information to qualify as an educator, contact us at education@parallax.com