Everyone loves the story of penicillin: One day, pharmacologist Alexander Fleming returned from a two-week vacation to Scotland, only to peer into a moldy Petri dish and find the world’s first antibiotic. We love this story because it’s such a neat discovery, and also because it’s so rare. Typically the process of science is molasses-slow, far more tedious than transcendent. Breakthroughs take years, even lifetimes, of work, and are usually less about individual genius than about building upon a collective foundation of knowledge.
Each Tuesday is EducationTuesday here at Adafruit! Be sure to check out our posts about educators and all things STEM. Adafruit supports our educators and loves to spread the good word about educational STEM innovations!
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.