Adafruit Weekly Editorial Round-Up: Back to School Month, Native American Code Talkers Day, RGB Matrix Automatic YouTube ON AIR Sign, & 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.
The summer heat is [hopefully] at it’s peak and the calendar just rolled over to August. Regardless of the setting, August is Back to School Month. Undoubtedly this year will be different from previous years; living rooms have become classrooms, PPE is the hot new item, and parents have a new found appreciation for the work of educators.
Whether you are a student, guardian or teacher we hope to share some helpful tools with you. We will be posting informative articles on our blog along with hand picked gift guides. Be sure to follow along and check back in!
When your favorite YouTube channel is streaming this sign will let you know, in gorgeous Art Deco inspired style!
You’ll code it with CircuitPython, and the board’s built-in WiFi will allow it to check the YouTube Data API to find out when a channel is livestreaming! Then, it’ll light up the RGB LED matrix display with “OFF AIR” or “ON AIR” depending on the current status.
You’ll use a beautiful bitmap font and custom line drawing graphics routines to make if fancy. Read more.
Browse all that’s new in the Adafruit Learning System here!
Adafruit has had paid day off for voting for our team for years, if you need help getting that going for your organization, let us know – we can share how and why we did this as well as the good results. Here are some resources for voting by mail, voting in person, and some NY resources for our NY based teams as well. If there are additional resources to add, please let us know – adafruit.com/vote
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.