Community Corner – March 13, 2015: The Featured Projects from this Week
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Keith Golden shared some of the wonderful wooden model cars he’s making for his daughter and her friends! Check out more on his site here.
I’m making some super-hero themed wooden cars for my daughter Julia and her friends. They’re styled loosely after the Mach 5 from Speed Racer and inspired by the Batmobile, but the idea wasn’t to duplicate a particular car but to make a car that a superhero wouldn’t be embarrassed to drive and that wouldn’t constrain the child’s imagination. I also wanted it to be something that Lego minifigs could drive, so I incorporated that into the design. This is the first time I’ve gone so 3D for anything I planned to make in quantity, since 2D-ish designs are much faster to carve, but the theme seemed to call out for 3D contours.(read more)
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.