Summer of Making: Build Something Real This Summer!

We’re excited to announce we’re working with Hack Club and GitHub on the Summer of Making! Read the message from Sam at Hack Club below:

Hey! This a letter to all my fellow teenagers. I’ve got a challenge for you this summer: make something awesome. It can be anything — just make it.

We’ve all been stuck at home struggling through the weird world of home based learning, we haven’t been able to see our friends, and we have missed out on things we’d been excited for. Instead of dwelling the sadness of lockdown, let’s go out of our comfort zone and try something new.

This summer at Hack Club we’re having a Summer of Making. It’s not a program but simply a theme and challenge for the summer. Over a thousand teenagers have already taken the challenge, so how about you?

We’re supporting everyone who does in the following ways:

  • $50K in hardware grants to fund electronics projects thanks to the support of GitHub, Adafruit & Arduino. Applications are still open: learn more and apply with an idea.
  • Share updates of your learning every day: Every day this summer, Hack Clubbers are learning & building projects, sharing short video & photo updates each day. See the in-progress projects and join at
  • Join Hack Club’s Slack and weekly Zoom events: All summer, the rest of the team and I will be running weekly live events including coding workshops, show & tells, office hours, games, and more. Join the Hack Club Slack to participate.
  • Get a Summer of Making sticker in the mail: Fill out this form to request one.

I can’t wait to see everything you come up with!

– Sam

(Feel free to reach out at [email protected] or on Twitter)

Share your idea here!

Adafruit publishes a wide range of writing and video content, including interviews and reporting on the maker market and the wider technology world. Our standards page is intended as a guide to best practices that Adafruit uses, as well as an outline of the ethical standards Adafruit aspires to. While Adafruit is not an independent journalistic institution, Adafruit strives to be a fair, informative, and positive voice within the community – check it out here:

Join Adafruit on Mastodon

Adafruit is on Mastodon, join in!

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, 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.

Have an amazing project to share? The Electronics Show and Tell is every Wednesday at 7pm ET! To join, head over to YouTube and check out the show’s live chat – we’ll post the link there.

Join us every Wednesday night at 8pm ET for Ask an Engineer!

Join over 36,000+ makers on Adafruit’s Discord channels and be part of the community!

CircuitPython – The easiest way to program microcontrollers –

Maker Business — “Packaging” chips in the US

Wearables — Enclosures help fight body humidity in costumes

Electronics — Transformers: More than meets the eye!

Python for Microcontrollers — Python on Microcontrollers Newsletter: Silicon Labs introduces CircuitPython support, and more! #CircuitPython #Python #micropython @ThePSF @Raspberry_Pi

Adafruit IoT Monthly — Guardian Robot, Weather-wise Umbrella Stand, and more!

Microsoft MakeCode — MakeCode Thank You!

EYE on NPI — Maxim’s Himalaya uSLIC Step-Down Power Module #EyeOnNPI @maximintegrated @digikey

New Products – Adafruit Industries – Makers, hackers, artists, designers and engineers! — #NewProds 7/19/23 Feat. Adafruit Matrix Portal S3 CircuitPython Powered Internet Display!

Get the only spam-free daily newsletter about wearables, running a "maker business", electronic tips and more! Subscribe at !

1 Comment

  1. Hey!

Sorry, the comment form is closed at this time.