Realized I hadn’t shared what my students did. Thanks for advice & here are some links to materials that you’re welcome to use (if you do, please let me know!).
We had one session introducing MakeCode and another CircuitPython.
Students prepared by following along with some videos (all shared on YouTube – you’re welcome to use or suggest updates).
I had all students buy the CPX Base kit + I got a grant to distribute NeoPixel Light Strips w/Alligator clips to the students. I also had a stash of some additional components – copper tape, conductive paint, extra alligator clips, a desktop speaker they could use for amplification.
Links to materials & videos of student projects are below:
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