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For a limited time, whenever you buy a Circuit Playground Express the regular price of $24.95 here, on this page, Digi-Key and Adafruit will automatically donate one to Black Girls CODE. Black Girls CODE goal is to empower young women of color ages 7-17 to embrace the current tech marketplace as builders + creators. On Tuesday October 29th at 11am ET Adafruit added 100 more Circuit Playground Express units, thanks to Digi-Key!

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Circuit Playground Express - Black Girls CODE

PRODUCT ID: 2599
$24.95
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    Circuit Playground Express is the next step towards a perfect introduction to electronics and programming. We've taken the original Circuit Playground Classic and made it even better! Not only did we pack even more sensors in, we also made it even easier to program.

    Start your journey with Microsoft MakeCode block-based or Javascript programming. Then, you can use the same board to try CircuitPython, with the Python interpreter running right on the Express. As you progress, you can advance to using Arduino IDE, which has full support of all the hardware down to the low level, so you can make powerful projects.You can even use code.org CS Discoveries to learn all about coding right in your browser!

    Check out our detailed guide with a tour of Circuit Playground Express and details on getting started using MakeCode, CircuitPython, code.org CS Discoveries or Arduino!

    Because you can program the same board in 4 different ways - the Express has great value and re-usability. From beginners to experts, Circuit Playground Express has something for everyone. If you are looking for our original, Arduino-only Circuit Playground, check out the Circuit Playground Classic.

      The board is round and has alligator-clip pads around it so you don't have to solder or sew to make it work. You can power it from USB, a AAA battery pack, or with a Lipoly battery (for advanced users). Circuit Playground Express has built-in USB support. Built in USB means you plug it in to program it and it just shows up, no special cable or adapter required. Just program your code into the board then take it on the go!

      Here's some of the great goodies baked in to each Circuit Playground Express:

      • 10 x mini NeoPixels, each one can display any color
      • 1 x Motion sensor (LIS3DH triple-axis accelerometer with tap detection, free-fall detection)
      • 1 x Temperature sensor (thermistor)
      • 1 x Light sensor (phototransistor). Can also act as a color sensor and pulse sensor.
      • 1 x Sound sensor (MEMS microphone)
      • 1 x Mini speaker with class D amplifier (7.5mm magnetic speaker/buzzer)
      • 2 x Push buttons, labeled A and B
      • 1 x Slide switch
      • Infrared receiver and transmitter - can receive and transmit any remote control codes, as well as send messages between Circuit Playground Expresses. Can also act as a proximity sensor.
      • 8 x alligator-clip friendly input/output pins
      • Includes I2C, UART, 8 pins that can do analog inputs, multiple PWM output
      • 7 pads can act as capacitive touch inputs and the 1 remaining is a true analog output
      • Green "ON" LED so you know its powered
      • Red "#13" LED for basic blinking
      • Reset button
      • ATSAMD21 ARM Cortex M0 Processor, running at 3.3V and 48MHz
      • 2 MB of SPI Flash storage, used primarily with CircuitPython to store code and libraries.
      • MicroUSB port for programming and debugging
      • USB port can act like serial port, keyboard, mouse, joystick or MIDI!

      Check out our detailed guide with a tour of Circuit Playground Express and details on getting started using MakeCode, CircuitPython, code.org CS Discoveries or Arduino!

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      For a limited time, whenever you buy a Circuit Playground Express the regular price of $24.95 here, on this page, Digi-Key and Adafruit will automatically donate one to Black Girls CODE. Black Girls CODE goal is to empower young women of color ages 7-17 to embrace the current tech marketplace as builders + creators. On Tuesday October 29th at 11am ET Adafruit added 100 more Circuit Playground Express units, thanks to Digi-Key!

      Black Girls CODE

      Black Girls CODE vision is to increase the number of women of color in the digital space by empowering girls of color ages 7 to 17 to become innovators in STEM fields, leaders in their communities, and builders of their own futures through exposure to computer science and technology. To provide African-American youth with the skills to occupy some of the 1.4 million computing job openings expected to be available in the U.S. by 2020, and to train 1 million girls by 2040.

      Special thanks to Digi-Key for this round of sponsorship!

      Digi-Key

      Digi-Key Electronics, headquartered in Thief River Falls, Minn., USA, is an authorized global, full-service distributor of electronic components, offering more than 9.2 million products, with over 1.8 million in stock and available for immediate shipment, from over 800 quality name-brand manufacturers. Digi-Key also offers a wide variety of online resources such as EDA and design tools, datasheets, reference designs, instructional articles and videos, multimedia libraries, and much more. Technical support is available 24/7 via email, phone and webchat. Additional information and access to Digi-Key's broad product offering can be found by visiting www.digikey.com.

      This "Buy One Give One" is sponsored by Digi-Key and Adafruit. For "Buy One Give One" partnerships, and sponsorship information email [email protected]

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