If you were ever a Boy Scout, you may recall earning an archery or camping badge. Girl Scouts offer athlete, naturalist, and many others. But what if you’re a kid with serious 3D printing or laser cutting chops? Is there a badge for you?
There is now, thanks to the folks at Adafruit Industries, a New York-based open source hardware and maker products emporium. Starting in the next few days–timed to the 100th anniversary of the Girl Scouts on March 12–Adafruit will begin offering a broad set of skill badges that reward kids–and presumably others–for completing any of a long list of the kind of tasks that would be right at home at Maker Faire.
Learned to solder? There’s a badge for that. “You sent something to space, almost,” Adafruit offers its high-altitude balloon project badge. Worked on an Android or Linux project? Adafruit has you covered.
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.
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