The Circuit Playground is a round circuit board developed by Adafruit Industries. It is designed specifically for education as an affordable circuit board stuffed to the brim with sensors and programmable bits. It includes things like Neopixel LEDs, a triple axis accelerometer, and IR send and receive sensor. There are two different versions of the board, the classic and the express. They are different and there are lots of reasons to have one over the other. Of course, that all sounds super complicated and technical, but I will break it down for you.
The Circuit Playground Classic (or CP), is the original board. It costs less than the newer version but it has limitations. The CP can only be used with Arduino to program it. Arduino is programming language based on C. It's pretty common among open source hardware, so if you start of with CP, you can "upgrade" or move on to different boards that only run Arduino. The Circuit Playground Express (or CPX) can also be programm…
Today a new guide is up on Maker411! This guide is something I wrote this summer to talk about starting off with electronics. It lists a bunch of my favorite circuit boards that I use all the time, plus it includes the 3D printer that I use! Take some time and check it out! It's definitely worth the read.
All of my Show and Tell appearances are now listed on the left! I will update them after I am on air. If you want to catch me live, check out Adafruit's Show and Tell every week at 7:30pm EST. Share your projects too, so everyone can see the cool things you are working on. The best way to get new ideas is to share your own!
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