Adafruit Weekly Editorial Round-Up: STEM Chat, Webcams, Raspberry Pi Pico, Robotics, sailor Moon, Neo Trinkey and 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.
Our latest episode for STEM Chat is now up on You Tube! April is National Letter Writing Month and Diana and I are excited to share some fun activities kids can do to bring STEM love to their friends and family in the mail. From butterfly cards to secret code letters, we have projects that work well from toddlers to middle schoolers. Diana even gives us a glimpse into her USPS vintage stamp collection featuring lots of STEM themed stamps. Follow us on our Instagram at @stemchat as we will be releasing a Butterfly letter PDF for kids sometime this month. If you want to catch our previous videos, you can see them all in our STEM Chat playlist.
Shred down the slopes this season with your own custom motion-reactive LED snowboard. This tutorial includes CircuitPython sample code with 8 different layered LED animation modes, plus a motion-sensitive carving mode that lights your active edge as you carve down the mountain.
Learn to protect your electronics from the elements using waterproof enclosures and connectors. Make your board robust enough that you can ride all night long.
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.