Behind-the-Scenes curriculum of the CodeAcademy Hackathon @Codecademy featuring CircuitPython

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Codecademy’s Curriculum Team recently held our bi-annual internal hackathon. From 8:30 am to 6:30 pm, we hacked, snacked on dim sum, and hacked some more!

We’ve done internal hackathons before, but this time, we want to try something a little different. This time, the hackathon winner will be judged by (drum roll…) YOU!

But before diving into the projects we built and opening the vote, we’ll explain what a hackathon actually is, and why you might want to take part in one near you.

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12. Circuit Playground Express (Lesson + Project)

Plug in and play, right on Codecademy. Ladyada and Phil at Adafruit suggested that we build a CircuitPython course so here I am, trying to make that happen. In this lesson, you will learn about Circuit Playground Express, the perfect introduction to electronics and programming. There is also a project where you build an “808” Drum Machine with… fruits!

Team: Sonny Li
Demo: (Lesson) (Project)

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, 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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