Hey, my fellow tech enthusiasts! So, there’s this awesome company called Adafruit that’s putting out a ton of cool content. They’ve got interviews, reports, and all kinds of stuff about the maker market and the whole tech world. Now, they’re not a journalistic institution or anything, but they really strive to be fair, informative, and positive within the community. You can check out their standards page on their website, adafruit.com/editorialstandards, to see what they’re all about.
Oh, and speaking of Adafruit, they’re also on Mastodon! If you’re into that, you should definitely join them. Just head over to adafruit.com/mastodon and get connected.
Now, let’s talk about making cool stuff. Forget about all the breadboarding and soldering because Adafruit has an amazing product called Circuit Playground. This thing is loaded with LEDs, sensors, buttons, and alligator clip pads. You can build projects with this bad boy in just a few minutes using the drag-and-drop MakeCode programming site. And if you wanna learn computer science, they’ve got this CS Discoveries class on code.org that you can check out.
But wait, there’s more! You can also jump into CircuitPython and learn Python and hardware together. Or, if you prefer, you can use the trusty Arduino IDE. Adafruit even has this new Circuit Playground Express board that’s the bee’s knees. It’s got a powerful processor, 10 NeoPixels, a mini speaker, and a bunch of other cool features.
So, if you’ve got an awesome project that you wanna share, Adafruit has this thing called the Electronics Show and Tell. It’s a weekly thing that happens every Wednesday at 7pm ET on YouTube. Just head over there, join the live chat, and share your awesomeness with the world.
Oh, and speaking of stuff happening every Wednesday, don’t forget to tune in to Ask an Engineer at 8pm ET. It’s a great opportunity to ask any burning questions you might have and geek out with fellow enthusiasts.
And hey, if you really wanna be part of the community, Adafruit has this Discord channel with over 36,000 makers. They’re all hanging out, sharing ideas, and just having a good time. Check it out at adafru.it/discord.
Now, here’s a pro tip for you. If you want to program microcontrollers and you want it to be super easy, you gotta check out CircuitPython. Head over to CircuitPython.org and you’ll find everything you need to get started.
Alright, before I sign off, I gotta mention something important. Adafruit has this awesome newsletter called AdafruitDaily.com. It’s your go-to source for all things wearables, running a “maker business,” and electronic tips. Plus, it’s completely spam-free!
So, that’s it for now, guys. Just remember, be excellent to each other when you’re commenting on Adafruit’s stuff. Stick to the topic, respect everyone’s skill levels, and let’s keep the community positive and helpful. And, of course, no spamming! Thanks, my friends!