PyCon2019 was a great success this weekend! Especially so for showcasing Python on hardware. All attendees received a Digi-Key sponsored Adafruit Circuit Playground Express. Some great fun was had. One highlight was a keynote talk by Nina Zakharenko. The video is above and there are slides in PDF below.
Nina discusses making physical things, her background, and her melding of hardware with the growing use of Python in education and society. With a few lines of Python, you can make lights glow, react to buttons, make music, and much, much more. Edit code in any text editor, copy it ti the flash drive that shows up when a board is plugged in, the code runs! No software development environment required!
There are over 50 hardware boards on CircuitPython.org that are programmable in CircuitPython
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.