For as long as there have been generic back to school supply lists, there are have been students finding ways to stand out and personalize those must-haves. Kids have been having fun with back to school supplies from the days of opting for neon trapper keepers and very loud Lisa Frank folders to choosing the colorful version of the classic Texas Instruments calculator. There have also always been those teachers who knew that classroom supplies could be useful and look cool.
Though we cannot deny our affinity for the classic black look here at Adafruit, we also love color! We’ve put together a list of some of our most colorful back to school supplies for those of you out there who like to say it loud and say it proud.
PIHUB – USB Hub for Raspberry Pi with US Power Adapter: A high-power, reliable, USB 2.0 hub ideal for the Raspberry Pi®
Fast, Fiesty and Fruity – Comes with a US-plug 5V 3A power supply, plenty of power for your big Pi projects!
Tested & endorsed by the Raspberry Pi Foundation! (read more)
Digital Multimeter – Model 9205B+: his massive multimeter has everything but the kitchen sink included. It’s a great addition to any work bench or tool box. It’s low cost, simple to use, and has a big clear display with all the measurements you need and more! (read more)
Pink Shortening microSD card adapter for Raspberry Pi & Macbooks: Adding shortening to a Pi makes it fatter – but this kind of shortening makes your Pi a little slimmer! This short-style, pink microSD adapter slides in where the SD card goes but is 9mm shorter. This makes it stick out a lot less and makes for a more elegant (and less accident-prone) Pi. All you have to do is pop in a microSD card for a sleeker machine! The outer edge of the SD adapter has a deep groove for a fingernail to pull on for removal. (read more)
Sugru – multicolor pack: Sugru! Soft-touch silicone rubber that molds and sets permanently. Sticks to aluminum, steel, ceramics, glass, wood and some fabrics + plastics! sugru is the incredible new air-curing rubber for hackers, makers, gadget lovers & anyone else who wants to make things or make their stuff work better. Self-adhesive to most other materials, and flexible when cured, sugru is a versatile tool for hackers and makers – Repair and strengthen damaged cables and housing, mount components where you want them, strengthen attachments and protect against vibration, and a hundred other uses we’re sure youʼll find for it. This is great for prototyping. Please read all of the following before purchasing… (read more)
Desktop Robot Cleaner Kit by Gakken: Ever wish you were a member of The Jetsons? While you can’t travel to the year 2062, you can buy your very own desktop robot vacuum cleaner and at least feel like you’ve been transported to a futuristic utopia of tidy tabletops. It changes directions when it bumps into objects and senses any edge so you can leave it alone at your desk, table, or workspace and come back to a nice, clean surface. (read more)
NeoPixel Diffused 5mm Through-Hole LED – 5 Pack: LOLwut? NeoPixels in 5mm through-hole variety? Oh yes, we haz them! If you like NeoPixel strips you’ll luv these 5mm diffused through-hole NeoPixels. All the single-pin-controlling-hundreds-of-LEDs goodness in a breadboard friendly format. Each LED looks just like a shorter version of the classic through-hole 5mm RGB LED with 4 legs, but instead of just red/green/blue there’s a little chip inside that can control the LED with high speed PWM for 24-bit color. (read more)
MiniPOV 4 Kit – DIY Full-Color POV and Light Painting Kit: The latest and greatest MiniPOV kit to hit the streets – MiniPOV4! We have added full color RGB LEDs to the kit as well USB programmability to make this the easiest, most fun Persistence-of-Vision & Light Painting kit ever.
Learn to solder by building this easy kit. About 30 components are soldered onto the custom PCB using a soldering iron, solder and some basic hand tools such as diagonal cutters and wire strippers. Learn as you go, starting with the easier parts and working your way up to the more challenging ones. Takes about an hour or two to complete following our detailed tutorial, depending on your previous soldering experience. (read more)
USB Charger Doctor – In-line Voltage and Current Meter: Help! This patient is heating up! Is the voltage too low? Is the current draw too high? Is there a doctor in the house? Oh, thank goodness, the Charger Doctor is here! Right on time…Doctor, can you tell us what the current draw is? What about the voltage? Thanks to the Doctor, you will now be able to watch and care for your USB-powered projects.(read more)
Digital programmable LED belt kit: By popular demand, we now have a project tutorial for how to make your own programmable, ultra-blinky LED belt. Perfect for parties, raves, parades, weddings, funerals, and bar mitzvahs. Wear it with pride, wear it with blinky! Follow our soldering tutorial to build your own heirloom LED belt, and hand it down to your grandkids. (read more)
Multi-Colored Heat Shrink Pack – 3/32″ + 1/8″ + 3/16″ Diameters: Heat shrink is the duct tape of electronics which I guess makes this heat shrink the colorful and exciting duct tape they sell at craft stores. This heat shrink comes in six different colors – red, blue, green, yellow, white and the traditional black.
Each pack contains ten 6″ pieces of the following sizes: 3/32″, 1/8″, and 3/16″. You get three of each in black and red, and one of each in green, blue, white, and yellow. It’s a nice colorful mixed bag of heat shrink!(read more)
August is Back to School Month here at Adafruit! Each day we’ll be bringing you a post for educators on the blog. Stay tuned for product guides, tutorials from the Adafruit Learning System, and inspiration from around the web! Get started by checking out Adafruit’s educational resources, such as our kits and project packs, suggested products for young engineers, and an extensive selection of books to help you learn!
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