Back to School Tech: Free tools from Autodesk #backtoschool
Autodesk has made their commercial software available for schools in the past, but it is often difficult to get students licenses so they can work from home. Since 2009 they have been releasing a series of “lite” design software apps and downloads that can act as an excellent suppliment for both in and out of classroom CAD work. Especially if your classroom is on a budget. Each one of the following tools is pretty cross-platform compatible, being offered as both web-apps, mobile-apps and downloads.
ForceEffect and ForceEffect Motion – Comprehensive free body diagram based design analysis
Eink, E-paper, Think Ink – Collin shares six segments pondering the unusual low-power display technology that somehow still seems a bit sci-fi – http://adafruit.com/thinkink
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.