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4-H Circuit Playground Express Youth Maker Summit

On November 3rd, Adafruit Engineer Mike Barela presented at the National 4-H Youth Maker Summit in Chevy Chase, Maryland. Students in 9-12th grade came from 16 US states to attend a 4 day curriculum focused on STEM and Making.

Mike gave two presentations on  Modern Electronics in STEM Education, which featured the Adafruit Circuit Playground Express. The Express offers a wealth of capabilities and sensors on one small board 2″ round. Discussion included Microsoft MakeCode, CircuitPython, and resources in the Adafruit Learning System.

In the afternoon, Dr. Jennifer Robertson-Honecker guided students in using the Circuit Playground Express and the 4-H Clover Kit to monitor soil moisture, programmed in MakeCode. The curriculum is based on an Adafruit Learning System guide.

Programming Adafruit Circuit Playground Express in Microsoft MakeCode 4-H Clover Kit Maker Summit

Adafruit welcomes working with 4-H groups looking to incorporate Circuit Playground Express and other electronics into student curriculums.

4-H groups can buy the Circuit Playground Express base kit direct from the 4-H shop or via the Adafruit online store.


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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