ASU Students Learn Computational Thinking with #CircuitPlaygroundExpress
Huge thanks to Seth for sending in this tip! Seth writes:
Students in Seth Thorn’s “AME 112: Computational Thinking for Digital Culture Majors” course at Arizona State University use Adafruit’s Circuit Playground Express development board in tandem with Max MSP to learn algorithmic thinking, recursion, conditions, procedural logic, modularity, and other computing principles. Students with little or no programming background are able to rapidly prototype and design smart home devices, wearables, and games in the first 8 weeks of the course, which emphasizes process-oriented learning and playful experimentation for development of rich, generative design media.
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.