Arduino has launched its latest educational product, Arduino Alvik. This engaging learning tool is intended to empower educators and students in the domains of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). The new device provides a hands-on approach to learning, fostering creativity and critical thinking skills.

Arduino Alvik and Lego
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Arduino Alvik Specifications

The Arduino Alvik features an impressive array of technical specifications, making it a versatile and powerful tool for both education and creative projects. At its core, Alvik is equipped with an STM32 Arm Cortex-M4 32-bit microcontroller (STM32F411RC), responsible for managing all sensors and actuators. Complementing this, the Arduino Nano ESP32 serves as the main controller, providing Wi-Fi and Bluetooth LE connectivity, and communicating with the STM32 through dedicated APIs.

Alvik boasts an extensive suite of onboard sensors, including color detection sensor (APDS 9660), Time-of-Flight (ToF) distance sensor (VL53L7CX), and an Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU) with six degrees of freedom (LSM6DSOX). It also features three line follower sensors, and seven capacitive touch sensors.

Arduino Alvik Expandability

The robot's expandability is supported by various connectors and communication protocols, such as servo motor connectors, I²C Grove & Qwiic connectors, Lego Technic compatibility, and M3x5 mm screws.

Included with the little robot are essential accessories like a USB-C-to-USB-C cable for seamless connectivity. With 19 comprehensive lessons, Alvik enhances technical skills and links to real-world applications, preparing students for future challenges through hands-on, collaborative projects.

Overall, the Alvik is a compact yet feature-rich platform designed to boost creativity and learning, making it an ideal choice for educators, students, and hobbyists alike.


Arduino Alvik friendly face
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Programming Languages Supported

Arduino Alvik supports multiple programming languages, making it versatile and accessible for various educational levels and programming skills:

  • Arduino Language (based on C/C++): The primary programming language used in the Arduino ecosystem, known for its simplicity and ease of learning.
  • MicroPython: Supported via multiple libraries, offering an alternative for those familiar with or teaching this popular language.

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Applications in Education

Arduino Alvik is a versatile tool that can be used across various educational scenarios:

  • STEM Curriculum: Ideal for integrating into STEM curricula, the robot helps students understand electronics, programming, and robotics through hands-on projects.
  • Project-Based Learning: Encourages project-based learning, where students can design, build, and test their own inventions, fostering problem-solving and creativity.
  • Extracurricular Activities: Perfect for use in clubs, workshops, and after-school programs, providing additional opportunities for students to engage with technology.
  • Remote Learning: With its wireless connectivity, Arduino Alvik is well-suited for remote learning environments, allowing students to collaborate and share their projects online.

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Cost and Availability

Arduino Alvik is priced competitively to ensure accessibility for educational institutions. The kit is available for purchase at the Elektor Store for €169.95 (€152.96 for Elektor Members).

Enhancing Educational Experiences

Arduino Alvik is designed to make learning engaging and accessible. By providing students with the tools to build and experiment, it enhances their understanding of complex concepts and prepares them for future technological challenges. The comprehensive support materials ensure that educators can effectively integrate Arduino Alvik into their teaching, regardless of their technical expertise.

For more information, visit the Arduino website.