CircuitPython is a programming language based on Python, and it is designed to work with low-cost microcontroller boards to make learning and tinkering easier. The Microchip ATSAMD21 is an inexpensive chip with the power to run CircuitPython.
Some SAMD21-based boards, like the Circuit Playground Express, METRO M0 Express, and Feather M0 Express, are designed to work with CircuitPython out of the box. Others, like the Arduino MKRZero, require a little more work.
This guide will show you how to install CircuitPython on a variety of SAMD21-based boards!
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