Even when you’re an expert in a given field, I find it’s always good to refresh yourselves on the basics. To that effect, Tested has released a couple of Shop Tips videos. These are 101 type rundowns that are obviously perfect for beginners but also useful for experienced cosplayers and prop makers. The videos with Frank Ippolito cover the topics of brush cleaning and cutting foam. Carve out a few minutes and see if you pick up any new tricks.
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.