On December 9, 2015, two augmented Raspberry Pi single-board computers (aka the Astro Pis) were delivered to the International Space Station (ISS) via the Cygnus spacecraft. Part of British ESA Astronaut Tim Peake’s mission was to run experiments devised by the winners of the Astro Pi school-age student competition in the UK. The Raspberry Pis and Sense HATs used in these experiments would collect data over a period of time and deliver the results back to Earth for anyone to analyze. The data is back, and it is time to start analyzing.
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.
Have an amazing project to share? The Electronics Show and Tell is every Wednesday at 7pm ET! To join, head over to YouTube and check out the show’s live chat – we’ll post the link there.