Hopefully you’ve already got your Halloween costume in order – heck hopefully you’re wearing it right now, at work or school or at whatever maker-party you’re attending! So bookmark this for later: if you’re looking for a craft-friendly Stormtrooper helmet, be sure to check out Dali-Lomo’s template, made from former cereal boxes, hot glue, plastic bottles – you get the idea. There’s a 4-part video timelapse series on their blog as well – and you are free to easily customize the helmet to your own design (I say “easily” because it is, after all, mostly cardboard!).
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.