As Laura Kampf points out in this video, building a project from junk is its own special and fun challenge. You risk nothing but your time and you have the constraints of the materials you find to work around.
In this junk build, Laura decides to create a lamp. As she also points out, the fun thing about building an upcycled lamp is that, if you have a cord, a switch, and a light, the rest of the lamp can be anything. It becomes all about the design.
In her case, she uses a cool mod-looking plastic shade she found and some scraps of wood to create her lamp. Laura makes another great point about the lack of pressure in doing a project like this, and how, sometimes, it’s a great idea to do a fun, no-pressure project to remind yourself of the sheer joy of making.
8-6-2021 (August 6, 2021) is the Snakiest day of the year and it’s also this year’s CircuitPython Day! The day highlights all things CircuitPython and Python on Hardware. See you there!
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.