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Adafruit Graduation Gift Guide 2019: Circuit Python

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The school year has gone by so fast and Graduations will be here before you know it! Treat your favorite Grad to some Adafruit goodies, CircuitPython style! Pick up a Circuit Playground Express if you want to give them everything-and-the-kitchen-sink-too, Gemma M0 for small wearables, Trinket M0 for compact breadboard-friendly designs, Metro M0 Express for shield-compatibility or Feather M0 Express to take advantage of the Feather system! Check out our list of suggested gifts and guides for all skill levels!

Not too sure what CircuitPython is all about? This guide has got you covered:

CircuitPython is a programming language designed to simplify experimenting and learning to program on low-cost microcontroller boards. It makes getting started easier than ever with no upfront desktop downloads needed. Once you get your board set up, open any text editor, and get started editing code. It’s that simple.

CircuitPython is designed to run on microcontroller boards. A microcontroller board is a board with a microcontroller chip that’s essentially an itty-bitty all-in-one computer. The board you’re holding is a microcontroller board! CircuitPython is easy to use because all you need is that little board, a USB cable, and a computer with a USB connection. But that’s only the beginning.


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Getting Started with Adafruit Circuit Playground Express – by Mike Barela

This book gives you the low-down on microcontrollers by learning how to use the Express with Microsoft MakeCode and CircuitPython. You’ll also learn how to configure your board and have fun in the Arduino IDE! Also includes a forward from Limor “Ladyada” Fried (designer of the Circuit Playground)


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Circuit Playground Express is the next step towards a perfect introduction to electronics and programming. We’ve taken the original Circuit Playground Classic and made it even better! Not only did we pack even more sensors in, we also made it even easier to program.

Start your journey with Microsoft MakeCode block-based or Javascript programming. Then, you can use the same board to try CircuitPython, with the Python interpreter running right on the Express. As you progress, you can advance to using Arduino IDE, which has full support of all the hardware down to the low level, so you can make powerful projects. (read more)


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Circuit Playground Express Advanced Pack

Pack includes:

  • 2 x Circuit Playground Express
  • 2 x USB cable – A/MicroB

Parts to make wearable and sewable electronics:

  • 1 x Stainless Thin Conductive Thread – 2 ply – 23 meter/76 ft for sewing wearable projects
  • 1 x Needle set – 3/9 sizes – 20 needles
  • 1 x Sewable Snaps – 5mm Diameter – Card of 24
  • 1 x Magnetic Pin Back

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Adafruit Trinket M0 – for use with CircuitPython & Arduino IDE: The Adafruit Trinket M0 may be small, but do not be fooled by its size! It’s a tiny microcontroller board, built around the Atmel ATSAMD21, a little chip with a lot of power. We wanted to design a microcontroller board that was small enough to fit into any project, and low cost enough to use without hesitation. Perfect for when you don’t want to give up your expensive dev-board and you aren’t willing to take apart the project you worked so hard to design. It’s our lowest-cost CircuitPython programmable board!


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Adafruit Feather M0 Express – Designed for CircuitPython – ATSAMD21 Cortex M0: We love all our Feathers equally, but this Feather is very special. It’s our first Feather that is specifically designed for use with CircuitPython! CircuitPython is our beginner-oriented flavor of MicroPython – and as the name hints at, its a small but full-featured version of the popular Python programming language specifically for use with circuitry and electronics.


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HackerBox #0041 – ItsyBitsy M4 + CircuitPython + MakeCode Arcade

“HackerBoxes deliver interesting and exciting gear for exploring and learning electronics and computer technology. HackerBox Hackers are electronics hobbyists, makers, hackers, and computer enthusiasts. We are the dreamers of dreams. We connect through social media to create a community of experience, support, and new ideas.”

We’re pleased as punch to carry HackerBox #0041 – CircuitPython! HackerBox #0041 is a super fun and thoughtfully curated subscription box to get started with CircuitPython.

We’re maybe a little biased, but we think this is the best HackerBox ever – and not just because we partnered with HackerBoxes on this one to provide the ItsyBitsy M4.

Please note: HackerBoxes require soldering and other common hand tools to put together!

You’ll learn how to program embedded systems, cobble together a retro gaming platform with MakeCode Arcade, and more!


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Blinka the CircuitPython Limited Edition Enamel Pin

This Blinka the CircuitPython Enamel Pin is beautifully designed and constructed with vivid colors and a cast metal body with butterfly cast. We love the contrast of her bright blue eye against the deep purple and pink body.

Blinka is a very kind, friendly python who only wants to help you learn CircuitPython – she will be by your ssssssside, from the very first ‘import’ you type.


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CircuitPython Starter Kit with Adafruit Itsy Bitsy M4

You’ve heard about CircuitPython and maybe you want to get started fast with a breadboard-friendly microcontroller board! We recommend the ItsyBitsy M4 – a super fast chip with tons of GPIO, analog inputs & outputs, with so much RAM that you’ll never have to worry about running out of memory. And what better way to get acquainted with ItsyBitsy M4 than with this handy CircuitPython Starter Kit?

Small, powerful, with a ultra fast ATSAMD51 Cortex M4 processor running at 120 MHz – this microcontroller board is perfect when you want something very compact, with a ton of horsepower and a bunch of pins. This Itsy is like a bullet train, with it’s 120MHz Cortex M4 with floating point support and 512KB Flash and 192KB RAM. Your code will zig and zag and zoom, and with a bunch of extra peripherals for support, this will for sure be your favorite new chipset.


Adafruit PyPortal – IoT for CircuitPython
Create all the things for the “Inte
PyPortal, is our easy-to-use IoT device that allows you to create all the things for the “Internet of Things” in minutes. Make custom touch screen interface GUIs, all open-source, and Python-powered using tinyJSON / APIs to get news, stock values, weather, cat photos, and more – all over Wi-Fi with the latest technologies. Create little pocket universes of joy that connect to something good. Rotate it 90 degrees, it’s a web-connected conference badge #badgelife.
Learn more!


Music Box with Dancing Adabot
This music box begins playing music as soon as it’s opened, and the user is greeted with a dancing figure (for this project, rather than a slowly turning ballerina, an Adabot takes center stage). When closed, the singing and dancing automatically shuts off. For this project, we will be using CircuitPython.
CircuitPython is a programming language based on Python, one of the fastest growing programming languages in the world. It is specifically designed to simplify experimenting and learning to code on low-cost microcontroller boards.
Learn more!


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.

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