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# electronics # iot # wearables # robotics

Why Learn CircuitPython?

CircuitPython is a programming language designed to simplify experimenting and learning to program on hardware devices. It makes getting started with low-cost microcontroller boards easier than ever before.

It adds hardware support for Python, so if you already have Python knowledge, you can easily apply that to using CircuitPython. If you have no previous experience, it’s really simple to get started!

Take-Away Skills

This course will start with learning how to light up the colors on the Circuit Playground Express using its buttons and NeoPixel LEDs before digging deeper into the more advanced features such as audio output and touchpads. You will use the Circuit Playground Express to build projects such as:

  • Bike Light
  • Plant Care
  • 808 Drum Machine

The first two items are required while the other recommended items are for optional steps during the projects.

Item Price Required
Circuit Playground Express $24.95 Yes
USB Cable $2.95 Yes
AAA Battery Holder $2.95
Alligator Clip Cables $3.95
Stainless Steel Nail $0.05

The Circuit Playground Express Soil Sensor Mini Kit includes all the items.

Course Creators

  • Adafruit: Limor Fried
  • Adafruit: Phillip Torrone
  • Codecademy: Sonny Li

Built in partnership with

Adafruit was founded in 2005 by MIT hacker & engineer, Limor "Ladyada" Fried. Her goal was to create the best place online for learning electronics and making the best designed products for makers of all ages and skill levels.
  1. 1
    Set up the Circuit Playground Express and light up some colors using the NeoPixels.
  2. 2
    Learn about the advanced features of Circuit Playground Express including its sensors, audio output, and capacitive touches.

What you'll create

Portfolio projects that showcase your new skills

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How you'll master it

Stress-test your knowledge with quizzes that help commit syntax to memory

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— Madelyn, Pinterest

I know from first-hand experience that you can go in knowing zero, nothing, and just get a grasp on everything as you go and start building right away.

Course Description

The perfect introduction to electronics and programming. ⚡️


Earn a certificate of completion
5 hours to complete in total

Set up the Circuit Playground Express and light up some colors using the NeoPixels.

1 article, 1 lesson, 1 quiz, 2 projects