Check Out These Great STEM Programs for Grown-Ups #MakerEducation
Great list of STEM gifts for those who are among the very young at heart, from Scientific American.
With gifting season coming up again, it may be time to dig out past ideas for STEM gifts that don’t come in boxes or require batteries. But what about the budding scientists in your life who aren’t quite so young? For an informal evening of problem solving, consider a trip to an escape room. For something a little more hands on, think about a cooking class or time at a local maker space. And don’t underestimate your local library, which can have courses on building websites, learning python, using a 3-D printer, or even circuits 101. Whether they are interested in astronomy or archeology, a mix-and-mingle or an in-depth class, there are programs out there designed for adult learners in your life. Here is a quick glimpse into just a few examples.
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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.
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