You know you want this badass Victorian scientist to glower at you from a corner of your desk accompanied by her massive steampunkish Analytical Engine and an oversized spanner.
It’s Ada Lovelace’s 200th birthday, which of course means we’ve got a custom Lego set featuring her to vote on over in their community submission site. The set includes Ada Lovelace in all her Victorian sternness with a very large wrench, her behatted partner-in-invention Charles Babbage, and a Lovelace Junior sullenly glaring at everyone from her desk. The massive Analytical Engine cleverly hides room to store a Raspberry Pi microprocessor, potentially turning it into a functional computer. And how could the set possibly be complete without all the fixings for a science tea party, including Victorian sponge cake?
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.