Another day, another way to celebrate Women’s History Month! Meet Limor Fried, brilliant, practical, generous engineer and business woman. Her company Adafruit sells kits for home assembly using simple engineering principles with “How to Videos”. Yes, she gladly explains the technology she uses and practices “open source” information sharing. There are no secrets, just great projects you can do at home where you can learn some basics engineering concepts. Limor’s company, Adafruit, is growing daily; American made with a constant stream of new products.
Have you ever struggled to program your new remote control and wondered how it really works? Is it a mysterious engineering miracle or the simple implementation of infrared light? Learn to speak “Robotics” and revel in her how-to directions, for this is not a frustrating mission of an IKEA couch assembly, this is a feast of creativity and engineering: an opportunity to grasp hold of new concepts and physically craft an original item for work or play!
One of the highlights of my high school experience was learning to solder in robotics club. Together with my partner, we assembled an Arduino wall avoiding robot that we named Larry. At the end of the semester, we stood like proud parents as it maneuvered a wall avoiding victory lap in the classroom. Yes, our soldering appeared somewhat provincial in comparison to the seasoned robotics group members, but the satisfaction of success dwarfed any assembly insecurities.
Plan an Adafruit party and make something cool! Shoot a video and upload it to Youtube and tag Limor with the link. You too can be a robotics goddess!
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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