Let’s be honest: there’s a good chance that you have a half-finished project sitting on your shelf, or in a box right now. And there’s a good chance that it’s accompanied by several more half-finished projects. Sometimes it feels like unfinished projects are the curse of the maker. But do they need to be?
Is it possible to be a maker and actually finish a significant percentage of your projects?
There are a lot of excellent tips for how to complete projects – they include:
Boards with built-in features (like the Adafruit FunHouse, above) can cost a bit more, but if you need those features, you’ll save a lot of time
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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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