Each hour we are featuring a woman we admire who is currently doing amazing work right in the tech/maker/art/science space. Woman of the hour, Helen Greiner.
Helen Greiner’s forward-looking instincts have helped transform iRobot from a Massachusetts Institute of Technology spin-off into a global leader of practical robots. A robot industry pioneer with more than two decades of experience, Greiner has helped to enhance public acceptance of robots as one of today’s most important emerging technologies. Greiner’s visionary contributions in technology innovation and business leadership have been recognized with numerous professional awards. She has been named one of America’s Best Leaders by the Kennedy School at Harvard University in conjunction with U.S. News & World Report and has been honored with the Pioneer Award from the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI). Greiner has also been named New England Entrepreneur of the Year by Ernst and Young with iRobot co-founder Colin Angle. She is chair of the national Robotic Technology Consortium and sits on the board of trustees at MIT, the robotics advisory board of Worcester Polytechnic Institute, the board of trustees of the Boston Museum of Science and the board of directors of the National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA)…
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Stop breadboarding and soldering – start making immediately! Adafruit’s Circuit Playground is jam-packed with LEDs, sensors, buttons, alligator clip pads and more. Build projects with Circuit Playground in a few minutes with the drag-and-drop MakeCode programming site, learn computer science using the CS Discoveries class on code.org, jump into CircuitPython to learn Python and hardware together, TinyGO, or even use the Arduino IDE. Circuit Playground Express is the newest and best Circuit Playground board, with support for CircuitPython, MakeCode, and Arduino. It has a powerful processor, 10 NeoPixels, mini speaker, InfraRed receive and transmit, two buttons, a switch, 14 alligator clip pads, and lots of sensors: capacitive touch, IR proximity, temperature, light, motion and sound. A whole wide world of electronics and coding is waiting for you, and it fits in the palm of your hand.