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Kits and Projects for Educators 2019 #BackToSchool Guide

Adafruit backtoschool 2018 blog

To help kick off #BacktoSchool month we have a special guide just for the educators. If you are trying to plan your curriculum and are looking for some fun educational kits for your students, check out this list!

Obviously this is just the tip of the iceberg for great classroom projects from Adaruit but we hope it helps inspire your lesson plans!


Circuit Playground kits

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Code.org Circuit Playground Express Educators’ Pack – For many years, instructors and teachers have asked us to come up with a better way to teach programming and electronics. We have worked on Circuit Playground Express for over a year to come up with a board that is powerful, beautiful, fun, and perfect for teaching Code.org CS Discoveries

This pack is for educators who wish to purchase Circuit Playground Express development boards in bulk along with accessories for getting started. You’ll get enough parts for 15 students working individually or 30 students working paired up. All at a price that makes it possible to give anyone a chance to explore, perfect for classrooms and workshops!(Learn more!)


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Circuit Playground Express Soil Sensor Mini Kit – The thirst is real! Keep your flora (plants, not the board *wink*) happy and hydrated with the Circuit Playground Express Soil Sensor Mini Kit. This kit will teach you all about how to keep your plants in good condition, by measuring the soil moisture content using a nail and alligator clip, then display red or green LEDs on the Circuit Playground Express to tell you the state of your plant (Learn more)


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Adaptive Design’s Morse Code for GBoard Hardware Interface Pack – At the time of its invention Morse code definitively changed the way we communicate. Historically it’s been used in nautical navigation to aviation to radio, but its easy to learn and the universal nature makes it a great data entry method for folks who use Assistive Technology!
(Learn more)


Learning Kits

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Adafruit MetroX Classic Kit – Experimentation Kit for Metro 328 – Interested in making neat stuff with an Arduino-compatible board but not sure where to start? This kit includes all the pieces needed to complete over 20 different circuit and projects. Basically everything you need to be playing within minutes of its arrival. No soldering required, works with Mac, Windows and Linux! (Learn more)


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Drawdio kit – v1.1 – Drawdio is an electronic pencil that lets you make music while you draw! It’s great project for beginners: An easy soldering kit with instant gratification. Essentially, its a very simple musical synthesizer that uses the conductive properties of pencil graphite to create different sounds. The result is a fun toy that lets you draw musical instruments on any piece of paper. (Learn more)


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MintyBoost Kit – v3.0 – Make your own iPod/iPhone/GPS/etc… battery-pack and recharger!
This project includes all the electronic parts necessary to build your own MintyBoost: a small & simple (but very powerful) USB charger for your iPod (or other mp3 player), camera, cell phone, and any other gadget you can plug into a USB port to charge.

The charger circuitry and 2 AA batteries fit into an small space such as an Altoids gum or mint tin, and will run your iPod for hours, 2.5x more than you’d get from a 9V USB charger! You can use rechargeable batteries too. (Learn more)


micro:bit Packs

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BBC micro:bit Go Bundle – The British Invasion is here! No, not music…microcontrollers! New to the USA is the newest and easiest way to learn programming and electronics – the BBC micro:bit.

Designed specifically for kids and beginners, the micro:bit is a pocket-sized computer that you can code, customize and control to bring your digital ideas, games and apps to life. It’s a small, code-able device that is a non-intimidating introduction to programming and making – switch on, program it to do something fun – wear it, customize it, develop new ideas.(Learn more)


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micro:bit Club 10-Pack – This is the micro:bit Club 10-Pack with batteries, battery holders & USB cables. You’ll get enough parts for 10 makers or 5 makers working paired up. (Learn more)


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micro:bit 300-Pack – Bulk Pack of micro:bit – This is the micro:bit 300-Pack great for workshops, schools, maker spaces, or other groups that want to get micro:bits for $14.25 each with no frills. Each micro:bit is packaged for distribution but there are no cables or battery packs included (Learn more)


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August is Back to School Month here at Adafruit! Each week we’ll be bringing you a #BackToSchool content on the site! Stay tuned for product and gift guides, tutorials from the Adafruit Learning System, and inspiration from around the web! Get started by checking out Adafruit’s educational resources, such as our kits and project packs, suggested products for young engineers, blog posts for educators and an extensive selection of books to help you learn!


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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