Earlier this week, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg declared this week “Maker Week” in the City. It certainly feels that way to me: I’ve met so many amazing and creative people this week, from world-class engineers to Broadway dancers, and MakerFaire hasn’t even started yet! Apparently, the idea of Maker Week resonates personally with His Honor as well. The first paragraph of the “Maker Week” Proclamation reads as follows:
Whereas: I was a ham radio operator when I was a kid. After I studied engineering, got fired from the only job I ever had, and acted on a crazy idea to start my own company, I found myself soldering capacitors in a garage and still working on our prototype model in the back seat of a cab on the way to our first demonstration. Planning, building, tinkering, ripping up the plans, starting from scratch and rebuilding—such a process can be frustrating, of course, but it can also be incredibly fulfilling and rewarding.
As an NYC engineering and manufacturing firm, Adafruit is in very talented company. It’s great to see Mayor (Maker?) Mike celebrate makers this way!
Happy Maker Week!
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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.