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Purple LED & “Ask an engineer” Ladyada and pt puppets

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TW the RGBLT LED Puppet.

Tinky Winky is really an RGB LED on the rainbow spectrum but is proud to be lit up in purple. No question that TW is unique. TW is sometimes seen carrying around a Ruby the Red LED plushie companion. TW is on the talk circuit lecturing about electronics and can elaborate on resistors and tolerance. TW would like everyone to know that electronics is inclusive and fun..

Inspired from Adafruit’s circuit playground plushies and their show on the intarwebz to educate kids of all ages, if you are curious about how things work, watch and learn.

In real life and in this diverse maker community, I’ve run across all walks of life(no points yet). Yeah, some are strange. Some are different, not that there’s anything wrong with that.

To celebrate having good friends and if anyone needs an analogy to explain things like AC/DC to kids or if you are from a little town and never seen anything like this, make the puppet. And, Oh, it’s so darn cute.

There’s more!

A favorite webshow is Ask an Engineer hosted by Phil Torrone and Limor “Ladyada” Fried of Adafruit.It’s a weekly windup of maker world happenings, news, products and projects.   Although the primary focus is on electronics, it showcases itself as a premier resource and business in the maker community.  And it looks like they have fun at it…the reason this art imitates life.

Adafruit has the spirit of empowering everyone, especially young people into the field of electronics and computing.  Their new webseries Circuit Playground is aimed at kids of all ages but hopefully it will also encourage more girls to be more representative in electrical engineering. So here is my mashup of Powerpuff Girls and Adafruit.  I used to watch the cartoon with Caitlin when she was younger and it was something to spark the imagination(mad scientist dad, you know). Besides, Mojo JoJo was fun to say.


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