What I want from summer reading is a sense of purpose. A theme or intent, a project, a little reading quest. Something on which to focus, to plan out like a trip.
Do you have to have a summer reading plan? You certainly do not. Read at random; read blockbusters; read the genres you don’t read during the rest of the year, the ones that feel at odds with whatever your conception of spring and winter and fall reading are. Read magazines and articles and all those interesting tabs you keep meaning to close (I have so many open tabs, and even more articles saved in Instapaper). Or join me in giving yourself homework.
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.