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From the mail bag!

Hi there. I just wanted to let you know about a pretty
cool experience I had.

I recently began supporting a local Girls Who Code club and while speaking
to the person running it she told me that the kids – in their second year –
were starting to get interested in interfacing the programs they wrote to
hardware. The kids are at several different experience/comfort levels,
mostly using Scratch. Taking that information I did some research into what
might be useful starting with the most dangerous place for my wallet and
read up on the Circuit Playground Express. Seemed like a good fit – lots of
onboard hardware to interface with and multiple languages including an
option familiar to Scratch users – and the teacher agreed so I started them
off with a few educator packs. I’m pleased to say they were a big hit; the
first evening they had a shot at the boards they had a lot of fun and (I
know this was important for me in my early days) a lot of positive
reinforcement. If you check your records you’ll see I’ve recently ordered a
bunch more (just the boards this time) because the 6 we got to try out
really aren’t enough.

So, short summary: That’s a winner of a board. Thanks for making it.


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