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May 19, 2017 AT 1:47 pm

Circuit Playground Express, Supported by #MakeCode | @Microsoft @MSMakeCode #MicrosoftEDU

So cool seeing Circuit Playground Express inside the Microsoft MakeCode editor! And if you’re at Maker Faire Bay Area this weekend you can check out the board live in person at the Microsoft tent – they’ll be building Circuit Playground Express Magic Wands!

The Microsoft MakeCode team is proud to announce a great partnership with our good friends at Adafruit Industries. Over the last several months we have been working together on a new educational physical computing experience that pairs Microsoft MakeCode with a new version of the Circuit Playground board, called Circuit Playground Express.

This new board carries over all the goodness of Circuit Playground Classic – small size, round shape, colored NeoPixels, etc. – but packs in even more sensors (thanks to the brilliant Ladyada), along with a more powerful processor. Circuit Playground Express uses our MakeCode magic to allow easy drag-and-drop programming from inside a browser.

Using either the visual block-based editor, or the JavaScript editor in Microsoft MakeCode, students can build programs to create custom animations, sounds, and use sensor events like “On Shake” to react to external stimulus. Here are a few of the cool features we’ve come up with:

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