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August 27, 2015 AT 12:30 am

Our Favorite #BackToSchool Accessories

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Going back to school is always fun; you attend new courses, meet people, and gain more knowledge. You also have to prepare with new books, notebooks, planners, pens…it seems like that list is never ending. If you’re not super excited to stock up on pens, you may enjoy this list of our favorite back to school accessories:


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Reward yourself, or your Maker friend, with Adafruit Skill Badges. They’re the best way to show off your projects and skills! Open Source Hardware, HTML5, Perl, even Brewing are just a few examples of the array of iron-on patches that we carry. Earn and share badges as topics you’ve mastered – and display them proudly on your backpacks, messenger bags, and sashes. See more badges!

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Adafruit’s high gloss, vinyl stickers are designed to help you celebrate achievements in electronics, science, and engineering. Everyone should be rewarded for learning a useful skill – whether it be bike repair or mastering Linux – and we thought these stickers were a great way to show off your skills and share your DIY pride. So put them on your locker, your laptop, your workbench, or even the backs of your friends and start stickering your way to Maker-skill glory! See more stickers!


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Clear Enclosure for Arduino – Electronics enclosure – 1.0: We are very excited to have one of the first (and we think the best) Enclosure for Arduino & project box now available in clear plastic, the future! Check out our white enclosure and smoke translucent enclosure if you’re not into clear plastic.

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Adafruit AVR Sticker for Breadboard Arduino-compatibles – 10 pcs: These stickers are a must for anyone making a breadboarded Arduino-compatible. They fit right on top of a DIP ATmega328 (or ‘168) chip, and clearly indicate every pin as it would be called in the Arduino IDE. No more looking up the datasheet or schematic! The stickers are made of a tough vinyl, usually used for bumper stickers, so they will not fade, scratch, or wrinkle. The stickers are die cut already into a rounded rectangle that fits on top of the AVR. (read more)

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Plastic mounting plate for breadboard and Arduino – rubber feet!: By popular demand! We now have the plates from the ARDX available separately. Acrylic plate is engraved and cut here at the Adafruit factory. There are mounting holes for your Arduino and a space that fits a half sized breadboard very nicely. (read more)


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Adafruit Pi Case- Enclosure for Raspberry Pi Model A or B: We are happy to finally release Adafruit’s lovely Raspberry Pi case, designed by Mike Doell (who made our really terrific Arduino enclosures as well). We wanted a beautiful, elegant case, not just functional but also something you’d really like having on your desk. Gaze lovingly at its curves & its glossy clear cover! This enclosure is not compatible with the Raspberry Pi Model B+. Read more and take a look at more Raspberry Pi Model A and B Cases.

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Adafruit Pi Box Plus – Enclosure for Raspberry Pi Model A+: Keep your Raspberry Pi® Model A+ computer safe and sound in this lovely clear acrylic enclosure. We designed this case to be beautiful, easy to assemble and perfect for any use (but especially for those who want to tinker!) This enclosure is not compatible with the Raspberry Pi Model A, B, or B+! Read more and see more Raspberry Pi Model A and B Enclosures.

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Adafruit Raspberry Pi B+ / Pi 2 Case – Smoke Base w/ Clear Top: It took awhile to perfect – but that’s okay since we can now safely say that the Adafruit case for Raspberry Pi Model B+ / Pi 2 is The Single Greatest Raspberry Pi Model B+ Case Ever. Read more about this case or check out more Raspberry Pi Model B+ and Pi 2 Cases.

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Board Edge Mounting Kit – Pack of 4: Having difficulty attaching a PCB? This kit is especially useful when there are no mounting holes – as with the original Raspberry Pi. Instead of gluing, taping, epoxying, etc. use these elegant standoffs. They have these round hook things that are designed to grip standard 0.062″ thickness PCBs either by the edge or by the corner. (read more)

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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! (read more)


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Adafruit Bone Box – Enclosure for Beagle Bone/Beagle Bone Black: Pack up your Beagle Bone or Beagle Bone Black in this lovely clear plastic case. We designed this case to be the ideal enclosure, with plenty of elegant details to make it useful to you! New! As May 2 we are shipping an enclosure that will fit both the original Beagle Bone and has a slot for the HDMI port of a Beagle Bone Black. (read more)

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Adafruit Proto Plate for Beagle Bone & Beagle Bone Black: Ready to prototype your next Beagle Bone project? You’ll certainly want this handy Proto-Plate! Not only is it really good looking, its also very useful, holding your Beagle Bone or Beagle Bone Black steady alongside a standard half-sized breadboard. (read more)


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Bi-Fold Compartment Parts Box: We looked long and hard for a high-quality, sturdy, durable-latching parts box and we have it! This handy box has outer dimensions of 6.25″ x 3.5″ (159mm x 89mm) – 4.1″ including hinges (104mm), long compartments are 3.35″ x 1.15″ (85 x 29mm) and for short compartments are 1.65″ x 1.15″ (42 x 29mm). Perfect for small parts and more! We tested dozens of other latching lid boxes, this is the best one. This box is NOT anti-static, but you can use foam or anti-static bags inside if needed. (read more)

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For storing small parts (especially SMT/SMD components), these little modular boxes are ideal. They have individual clear pop-open covers so you can keep only the ones you want open – less risk of mixing up parts or having a spill. The brilliance of these boxes is that they also snap together, in any configuration you want. You can mix all the sizes to make the ideal box for your needs, and add on more containers as necessary. There’s a leaf-spring hinged top that will last much longer than an all-plastic molded top. Check out our Tiny Modular Snap Boxes, Small Modular Span Boxes, Medium Modular Snap Boxes, Large Modular Snap Boxes, and Antistatic Modular Snap Boxes.


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Hand-Moldable Plastic – Low Temperature Thermoplastic – 100g Bag: They look a lot like sushi rice, but don’t eat ’em – these are Low Temperature Thermoplastic Beads! Also known as “Friendly Plastic”, “Instamorph”, “Polymorph” and many other names. These 100g bags are full of ivory-colored polymorph plastic beads with a low melting point of about 60°C (140°F). Heat up some water with a kettle or microwave, then dump the beads in. They’ll turn clear and start sticking together into a wax-like blob. You can then knead, mold and shaped the blob by hand and left to harden. Once hardened, it has the feel and durability of polyethelene and a translucent white color. Don’t like the shape? Simply place it back into hot water, it will soften and you can re-shape it as many times as you like! (read more)

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Sugru – Black and White 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. (read more)


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PRINTinZ Flexible 3D Printer Plate for Printrbot – 168mm x 237mm – Zebra Plate: Removing 3D printed parts from your 3D printer can be tough. Sometimes pieces get stuck to your 3D printing plate and their bottoms get stuck to your build plate. Over time, chiseling objects off can scratch and damage your plate – and get pretty annoying – so wouldn’t it be great if you could just bend the plate to pop off your parts? Introducing the PRINTinZ Flexible 3D Printer Plate for Printrbot! (read more)


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Magnetic Pin Back: These magnetic pin backs have two pieces: a metal bar with adhesive strip and a plastic piece with two strong rare-earth magnets. Affix the metal bar to your FLORA projects– it’s just the right size! Then attach your FLORA project to any garment without poking holes in your clothes. The magnets are strong enough to hold up even a hefty circuit! (read more)


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Hook-up Wire Spool Set – 22AWG Solid Core – 6 x 25 ft: Perfect for bread-boarding, free wiring, etc. This box contains 6 spools of solid-core wire. The wire is easy to solder to and when bent it keeps its shape pretty well. We like to have a few spools of this stuff around which is why this set is quite nice! We suggest picking up wire strippers to match. Wire gauge is 22 AWG which we’ve found is the best all-around gauge, it works best with breadboards and perfboards but also fits in terminal blocks nicely. (read more)

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Small Alligator Clip Test Lead (set of 12): Connect this to that without soldering using these handy mini alligator clip test leads. 15″ cables with alligator clip on each end, color coded. You get 12 pieces in 6 colors. Strong and grippy, these always come in handy! We often use these in conjunction with a multimeter so we don’t have to hold the probes in place. (read more)


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The Maker’s Notebook: The best notebook on earth, The Maker’s Notebook. From the creators of Make Magazine comes the Maker’s Notebook. Put your own ideas, diagrams, calculations & notes down in these 150 pages of engineering graph paper. We’ve also included 20 bonus pages of reference material, from useful stuff like electronics symbols, resistor codes, weights and measures, basic conversions and more, to really useful stuff like the amount of caffeine in different caffeinated beverages and how to say “Hello, World!” in various computer languages. The covers of this hardcover book are printed in cyan “Maker” blue with a white grid debossed front and back. Grab one today! (read more)


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