Squishy Circuits uses conductive and insulating play dough to teach the basics of electrical circuits in a fun, literally hands-on way. There’s no need for breadboards or soldering – just add AA batteries and pre-made doughs (or make your own dough). Let your creations come to life as you light them up with LEDs, make noises with buzzers, or spin with a motor. This starter kit is perfect for all sorts of STEAM activities, classrooms, science fairs, maker spaces, libraries, youth camps, et al!
1 x battery holder
1 x piezoelectric buzzer
25 x LEDs (5 each of red, green, white, yellow, blue)
1 x 3.5oz container of Insulating Dough (white)
7 x 3.5oz containers of Conductive Dough (in red, blue, and green)
For more educator ideas, check out the Squishy Circuits app on the App Store or Google Play.
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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, TinyGO, or even use the Arduino IDE. Circuit Playground Express is the newest and best Circuit Playground board, with support for CircuitPython, MakeCode, 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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