Code.org has partnered with Adafruit to create a classroom kit of the Adafruit Circuit Playground Classic boards and accessories, based on the popular Arduino platform, for use with the new course. Today, Code.org announced it will subsidize a classroom kit for every teacher participating in its 2017-18 CS Discoveries professional learning program.
For schools where more than half the students are on free or reduced meal plans, the Arduino kits will be provided to teachers free of charge. For other teachers in the program, Code.org and Adafruit will subsidize 70% of the cost. Based on the professional learning program’s registration numbers, over 11,000+ Circuit Playground Classic boards will be subsidized to help students learn physical computing.
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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.
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