Heres a quick look some of our favorite Adafruit kits and guides for great after school projects! Dont forget to take a look at our projects/kits category in the Adafruit Store and our searchable learning system full of online tutorials!
Cartoon Network and Make Code – Rose Quartz Shield Umbrella
Shield yourself from all the villains AND the rain! Make a light-up umbrella inspired by Rose Quartz’s shield, from Steven Universe on Cartoon Network. This is a fun, easy project that doesn’t require any previous knowledge of coding, soldering, or sewing. You can customize the light animations and input triggers with a few clicks. Shield yourself from the rain and dazzle all your friends!
It’s also easy to take this project apart when the rainy season is over, and use your Circuit Playground and NeoPixels again for another fun project. Learn more!
A CRICKIT based robot snake that can make it’s way around a space. This project guides you through building a robot that can wander around your floor. This riffs on John Park’s Crickit Carnival Bumper Bot. The difference is that the project progresses through several levels, starting with a very basic bot and adding capabilities.
Player One, Ready? This ADABOX will show you how to become your own video game creator with MakeCode Arcade. No need to save your quarters up either, all you need is a computer with a web browser to use Microsoft’s game creation engine. Learn about sprites, tile maps, and sound effects to craft your masterpiece, then run it on the PyGamer board for portable gameplay.
PyGamer is our full-featured portable gaming platform. It features a color TFT display, analog joystick, buttons, speaker, headphone jack, SD card slot, as well as light and motion sensors. It’s hack-able, you can plug in STEMMA cables or FeatherWings to extend its capabilities. It’s designed to work perfectly with MakeCode Arcade, and you can also write games in CircuitPython, Arduino, or even run an emulator to play old 8-bit games of yore. learn more!
Trinket Sound-Reactive LED Color Organ
A color organ was a staple of the music scene in the 1970s and is still in use today at concerts and select home theaters.
The principle is simple: flash colored lights in step with music or other sounds.
The Adafruit Ampli-Tie project, using FLORA, has two different algorithms to light a string of Neopixel LEDs according to sound intensity. We will reuse much of the first Ampli-Tie algorithm’s code. The more complex algorithm uses a good deal of floating point math, which is too large to fit on a Trinket or Gemma. The simpler algorithm fits with room to spare, using integer math. The code is slightly modified to give the effect one may want in a color organ. Learn more!
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!