This week, we take a look at a trio of Brooklyn makerspaces where you can learn, build and manufacture. And if you can’t do any (yet), each one has a helpful community who can collaborate, encourage and teach you along the way. NYC manufacturing is growing, and one of the hot spots is around wood and metal fabrication. From bespoke products to custom furniture to smart, interactive displays, there’s tremendous opportunity for New Yorkers to turn creativity into a business. Or, at least an awesome side hustle while you spend days at Huge or KPMG. Check out Craftsman Ave, Supersmith and Spark Workshop.
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.