As creatives, we love a good “handmade” brief. It’s something we often task our students at Shillington with. To design an album, book cover or movie poster of their choice, but with a major twist. They have to think outside the box, away from a computer screen.
Having to work with their hands can yield incredible outcomes. They’re forced to explore what they know about the design principles, colour theory, lateral thinking and typography – away from the influence of digital.
Students usually learn a new skill or tackle a new technique – then bring it on-screen to finesse and finalise. It’s obviously a challenge to reimagine their sleeves, picking from hundreds of thousands of existing musical masterpieces, but we’re always amazed by the results.
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.