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.
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, additional links will appear at the bottom of the page for assessment materials.
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.
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):
In addition to a printed copy, What's a Microcontroller? can be downloaded as a PDF here:
The BASIC Stamp microcontroller is programmed in PBASIC. A reference for the PBASIC programming language can be found here:
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:
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.