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Circuit Playground

Circuit Playground - Board

Digi-Key is proud to offer the Adafruit Circuit Playground Express. With unsurpassed ease-of-use and incredible elements of flexibility and functionality, the Circuit Playground is the ultimate tool to learn and perfect electronic system design creating future hardware and software experts. With almost every type of electronic sensor (temperature, sound, light, motion), buttons, switches and 10 multi-color bright LEDs, the Circuit Playground truly is the Swiss Army Knife of electronic design.

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. You can now 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.

Because you can program the same board in 3 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!



Circuit Playground Express Features:

Can't Wait? Start Playing in the Playground Today!

Do you fancy yourself an explorer? Do you like getting new technology first and love Adafruit and Arduino? If so, you could be part of an elite and exclusive team. Available now and in VERY limited quantities is the Dev version of the new Circuit Playground. Be the first in your Makerspace to own one of the these incredible new boards. Create projects or blogs before anyone else. Be part of Playground history! Remember these are available in very limited quantities and for a very short time. Follow the link to begin your playground adventures; Circuit Playground Express - Developer Edition

Scheme-it:

Digi-Key’s Scheme-it enables you to start creating ideas around the Circuit Playground. You can interface at the block diagram level or directly at the board level itself. Play around, share your thoughts with others, and get a jump start on your next design. Be the first in the playground with Scheme-it.

Circuit Playground - Scheme-It Diagram Scheme-It Board - Circuit Playground
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In this first video Ladyada the engineer will explain her concept process: A lot of our community were contacting us, asking for a solder-less Arduino compatible learning platform...

In this second video Ladyada the engineer will explain how she researches potential designs: the toughest part is often being able to get the programming itself to be accessible. Look at various...

Before you spend a lot of time designing your project, it is essential that you give it careful evaluation. First, weigh the pros and cons of your project. Begin thinking about possible team...

Now that you’re finally ready to move forward with your project, it’s time to really begin the creative process. Spend time drafting your electrical and mechanical designs, selecting components...

This video, we get back to prototype PCBs! Woo - time to hand solder each component and 'bring up' the board. After each component is soldered in, we test it. We create a 'demo test'...

Crowdfunding pros and cons - we talk about some successful maker funding campaigns and some that burned out, what are patterns of success. Organic sales pros and cons.

Good information is "advertising". In this episode we talk about how Adafruit celebrates its designs, people, and more.

Ahhh, production time. The sweet smell of your final BOM in the air, you’re ready to start making some serious decisions. First, you’ll want to decide what demand might be-

Now that you’ve finally seen your idea through production, you may feel like you’re done. And, while that isn’t far off, there’s work yet to do. Where will you warehouse your product? Where will it...

Now that you’ve successfully entered your choice market, it’s time for a little maintenance. During this phase of your process, you’ll focus on processing potential returns, troubleshooting early...

This video, we get back to prototype PCBs! Woo - time to hand solder each component and 'bring up' the board. After each component is soldered in, we test it. We create a 'demo test'...

Crowdfunding pros and cons - we talk about some successful maker funding campaigns and some that burned out, what are patterns of success. Organic sales pros and cons.

Good information is "advertising". In this episode we talk about how Adafruit celebrates its designs, people, and more.

Ahhh, production time. The sweet smell of your final BOM in the air, you’re ready to start making some serious decisions. First, you’ll want to decide what demand might be-

Now that you’ve finally seen your idea through production, you may feel like you’re done. And, while that isn’t far off, there’s work yet to do. Where will you warehouse your product? Where will it...

Now that you’ve successfully entered your choice market, it’s time for a little maintenance. During this phase of your process, you’ll focus on processing potential returns, troubleshooting early...