Love to Code
Combining electricity, coding, and art, this all-in-one kit is a fantastic free-form introduction. The beating heart of the kit is the “Chibi Chip”, a clip-on circuit board with multiple voltages, pin connections, and a microcontroller. This is the foundation of every project and is surprisingly easy-to-use. The companion book takes students through projects from “slap some copper tape and an LED on the page” to “program multiple circuit threads to create a parade of characters wearing unique light-up costumes”. Coding is introduced early in the kit and allows students to program buttons, switches, and timers for their LEDs by getting code from the Chibitronics website. Finally, students are encouraged to get crafty by adding pop-up switches, flower-shaped wind sensors, or cat-pocket switches. Blunting the intimidation factor are step-by-step introductions to each concept, simplified illustrations, and a cast of fun characters (such as Fern the frog, Sami the seal, and D. Bug). In true Chibitronics fashion, the companion book is part of each project and becomes a sort of “electronics scrapbook” full of copper tape, LEDs, and lit-up drawings as you progress. The focus of the kit is on learning the core concepts, not making complicated projects, so students will have plenty of room to experiment “off the page” once they finish the book.