National Week of Making: Why We Make #NationOfMakers #WeekofMaking@NationOfMakers
Great post from Alex Morrison, Maker Education Coordinator at Thinkery.
n Space 8, we’re not afraid to admit that we can make mistakes. We’ve made 3D prints that look like bad hair days, circuits that never move or light up and woodworking projects that look like Dalí paintings. We’ve discovered halfway through a project that we’re actually using the wrong material and it’s safe to say, we don’t always get things right the first time.
However, just because we don’t get a project right doesn’t mean we failed. It doesn’t mean we give up. We keep making something over and over until we feel proud of the work we’ve accomplished. Personally, I am proud of a bicycle powered bike lathe I built for SXSW Create, and it still doesn’t work!
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.