Normally we tend to cover electronics tools and parts on EYE ON NPI – chips, modules, antennas, components…so why are we talking about scissors? Because nothing ruins your day like BAD SCISSORS! You know what we’re talking about, not sharp enough so that stuff has a raggedy edge. Or easily nicked so cutting isn’t smooth and you get that annoying clicking effect as you’re trying to get an elegant curve going?
The solution is easy! Add a pair or two of Scotch Precision Scissors to your cart so next time you check out you get a gift for yourself, a fancy new pair that will bring joy.
We use our nice pair of scissors all the time to cut open Digi-Key sealed bags, trim foam tape, cut conductive copper sheets and labels. And if you have a partner who has their own fancy pair for cutting fabric you will no longer end up making them sad when you borrow their pair – or if you did already muss up their favorite set, you can now bribe them back into your good favor with a scissor-based peacekeeping gift.
While you’re waiting for that package to arrive, check out 3M’s cool ‘science at home’ series. They’re a great set of easy-to-build projects that use common crafting materials that you can do together with kids to pique their STEM curiosity.
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.