Liz Upton is the Raspberry Pi Foundation’s only full-time worker. She runs the community, does the Foundation’s PR and corporate comms, is the person you talk to when you’re tweeting Raspberry Pi, stuffs envelopes with the stickers you buy, works with the press, takes some of the photos and videos you see here, and also wields a soldering iron in emergencies. She shares a surname, two cats and a house with Eben Upton, the Foundation’s Executive Director. Liz is an award-winning freelance writer and a freelance editor. She has a background in educational publishing. She is responsible for all the They Might Be Giants lyrics which mysteriously found their way into Learning and Teaching Scotland’s online material, and bakes a mean flapjack – you can read more about her at her blog (currently dormant, and likely to remain that way until the Foundation can afford to employ some people to take some work off her hands) http://www.gastronomydomine.com.
Today is Ada Lovelace day! Celebrating the achievements of women in science, art, design, technology, engineering and math! Ada Lovelace Day is about sharing stories of women — whether engineers, scientists, technologists or mathematicians — who have inspired you to become who you are today. The aim is to create new role models for girls and women by celebrating amazing women making and doing cool things. If you’re looking for a worldwide Ada Lovelace Day event? Please visit the Finding Ada events page. Be sure to check out all our posts today and from previous years here of amazing women!
Today everything in the Adafruit store is 10% off, just use the code ALD12 on check out, use this code to pick something special person in your life that will spark her imagination for a lifelong career or hobby!
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.