Have you ever wanted to explore using Python with electronics? CircuitPython is a great platform to get started with. This week Christopher talks with Thea Flowers. Thea has been creating several hardware projects based around CircuitPython, and she talks about getting started on the platform. Thea answers questions about how she taught herself to design and prototype printed circuit boards.
Thea discusses several of her open source projects, including Nox, ConductHotline, and getting involved with CircuitPython. She was the conference co-chair for PyCascades, and Christopher asks her about how someone could get involved in volunteering for conferences. Thea also talks about building diversity in the community. This episode was initially recorded at an earlier date, so Christopher asked Thea to come back for a few minutes to discuss updates on her projects and about a recent honor she received.
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.