Back in May, I had the good fortune to attend the 2nd annual Steampunk World’s Fair. I enjoyed it a great deal, and while I was there I got the chance to meet Mo Rocca while he was filming this piece for CBS Sunday Morning. While the tone of the piece is a bit more dismissive and sarcastic than I’d like (it’s Mo Rocca, y’all), it’s nice to see these folks get on national TV for making cool stuff. This was definitely a maker event — pretty much every costume and prop was either made from scratch or re-appropriated from something else.
The Steampunk World’s Fair was held the same weekend as Maker Faire Bay Area, and it seemed that many of the makers who couldn’t make it out to San Mateo were here instead — I saw a lot of people from World Maker Faire as well as HOPE and other East Coast hacker and maker events. And so I am sharing it here.
I think it’s like live action role playing games, and comic books and movies, it’s that escapism. You can take it in any different direction that you want to – spend a day as an airship captain or a sky pirate or an evil villain or whatever it is you might want to do. And you can change that from day to day as well.
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.