Well Hanukkah has come and gone, but we’re still in the thick of Christmas shopping. I hope you weren’t too much of an early bird (unless you used last year’s Tech Gift List; I still stand by all those products) because I’m sharing my top STEM and Tech Gifts for 2013.
Interestingly, the first two were still in their crowdfunding phase at this time last year. Now that they’re widely available, I can share away….
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, or even use Arduino IDE. Circuit Playground Express is the newest and best Circuit Playground board, with support for MakeCode, CircuitPython, 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.