This Monday January 18th, 2016, is a free entrance day for all national parks in the United States. If you’re lucky to have the day off from work in celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. day and live near a national park (like Mt. Rainier national park pictured above) it’s a great opportunity to check it out. Don’t worry if you miss it though, there are 15 other free entrance days planned during the year in celebration of 100 years of the National Park Service. Described as ‘America’s best idea’ the national parks celebrate the natural beauty and history of many sites across the nation. Check them out if you have the opportunity!
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.
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