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…
In my senior year of high school (2015-2016), I won the National Center for Women and Information Technology Aspirations in Computing Award for Connecticut. This award is given to young women in high school who show an active interest and/or involvement with computing. I wasn't really interest in computer science at the time, at least not the way it was taught as school, but I did a lot of STEM outreach through Girl Scouts. I wrote about that outreach, which was also my Gold Award project that was in progress at the time. I knew I wanted to go into electrical engineering, because of multiple summer camps in previous years where I fell in love with hardware, but because of my computer science class, I had my doubts.
By earning this award I knew that people believed in me and my passion for education and STEM. I was also introduced to a vast community of people from different backgrounds with a thing in common, code and STEM. Being in the community offered a space for information an…
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