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Adafruit Weekly Editorial Round-Up July 5 – July 11th: Summer of Making, On a Supreme Court Ruling, Black Bandcamp & More


ADAFRUIT WEEKLY EDITORIAL ROUND-UP


We’ve got so much happening here at Adafruit that it’s not always easy to keep up! Don’t fret, we’ve got you covered. Each week we’ll be posting a handy round-up of what we’ve been up to, ranging from learn guides to blog articles, videos, and more.


BLOG

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?

Check out the full post here!

More BLOG:

Keeping with tradition, we covered quite a bit this past week. Here’s a kinda short nearing medium length list of highlights:


LEARN

Chatty Light-Up Circuit Playground Express Mask

Have fun with your face mask — add a light-up “mouth!”

Most of the time, we wear masks to help us stay safe. But sometimes, it’s fun to add a little life to your facewear. This mask uses an Adafruit Circuit Playground Express board to flash a shiny smile whenever you talk, using its built-in sound sensor and easy-to-learn Microsoft MakeCode programming!
This mask itself is simple to sew by hand or on a machine and comfortable to wear. It’s got two layers of fabric with a pouch that can hold a filter — or your CPX.
It’s a great project for kids (or anyone) who are just learning to sew and learning to code!

See the full guide here!

More LEARN:

Browse all that’s new in the Adafruit Learning System here!


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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CircuitPython – The easiest way to program microcontrollers – CircuitPython.org


Maker Business — To make it through a tough business cycle, layoffs should be a last resort

Wearables — Cracks matter

Electronics — Have any spare fuses?

Python for Microcontrollers — Python on Microcontrollers Newsletter: ESP32-S2 low power, GUIs and more! #Python #Adafruit #CircuitPython @micropython @ThePSF

Adafruit IoT Monthly — The Ultimate Bird Feeder, Adafruit IO UI Refresh, and more!

Microsoft MakeCode — Making a Smart LEGO Ferris Wheel!

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

New Products – Adafruit Industries – Makers, hackers, artists, designers and engineers! — JP’s Product Pick of the Week 12/1/20 LTC4311 I2C Terminator @adafruit @johnedgarpark #adafruit #newproductpick

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