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One click deploy for MakeCode and the amazing Adafruit Circuit Playground Express @MSMakeCode

One Step MakeCode

Adafruit is ecstatic to read about Scott and his 10 year-old making with our Circuit Playground Express board and Crickit robotics board.

They started out with the Soil Moisture Sensor tutorial on the Adafruit Learning System which uses Microsoft MakeCode. They have plans to scale up to a battlebot!

Crickit + CPX

Admittingly, downloading code is a two-step process – saving to a hard/thumb drive then copying the code

s.UF2 file to the Circuit Playground which shows up as a flash drive itself.

Scott has written a short program which on Windows associates with .UF2 files such that is a new file is saved, the program automatically copies the code to the Circuit Playground Express! Great idea!

He says:

You can find source here https://github.com/shanselman/MakeCodeLaunchAndCopy if you’re a developer, just get .NET Core 2.1 and run my .cmd file on Windows to build it yourself. Feel free to make it a Windows Store App if you’re an overachiever. Pull Requests appreciated 😉

Read about his entire adventures with this on his blog.

We love people innovating with Circuit Playground Express and Crickit. Let us know your adventures in the comments below.


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.

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