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In the Maker Shed: ProtoShield for Ardweeny

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In the Maker Shed: ProtoShield for Ardweeny

I like using the Ardweeny for Arduino projects; it’s small, it’s easy to pug into a breadboard, and it’s inexpensive so you don’t mind permanently embedding it. But what if you want to make the Ardweeny compatible with shields? That’s where this ProtoShield for Ardweeny, available in the Maker Shed, comes in handy. It allows you use pretty much any Arduino shield with your Ardweeny. All the pins are broken out “Arduino style” for maximum compatibility and it features a large prototyping area to make a neat little development platform.


  • Let’s you stack standard Arduino headers onto your Ardweeny. That’s right! You can use your Ardweeny with standard shields
  • All pins on the Ardweeny are brought out to easy to access places
  • 2 on-board LEDs and a button.
  • Mount shields above or below – after all, you may want the protoboard on the top
  • Mini breadboard for project work
  • SOIC pad
  • Power rails down the middle of the prototyping area.
  • Note: Ardweeny not included.

6 thoughts on “In the Maker Shed: ProtoShield for Ardweeny

  1. drwho8 (@drwho8) says:

    Oh lovely!
    Now does that have to be assembled as well? The thing its for also needs to be assembled first. The instructions for it, do not go into much detail.

  2. Michael Castor says:

    Yes, it comes as a kit that requires some soldering. Full instructions are available here:

  3. MauiJerry says:

    Pretty cool wee little board. The FreakLabs HackerMom’s Fred Board ( is also pretty sweet. At about 2x the price ($35) of the ardweeny protoshield, it gives a larger breadboard area, along with a couple extra buttons and leds. I used it recently for prototyping an led control system, but found the solderless breadboard connections were too fragile (wires easily dislodged). My solution for interim prototyping was to use the AdaFruit Proto-Screw Shield on top of the FredBoard. This gave me soldered and screwed connections, as well as a bit of solderless breadboard left over for continued experimentation. ( The interim project was demonstrated at our (Maui Makers) table outside of TEDxMaui …

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