Circuit Playground is a great microcontroller for beginners.
Three versions of the Circuit Playground
|Device||Microcontroller||Code||RAM / Storage||Cost|
|Circuit Playground Classic||ATmega32u4||Arduino only||32KB of In-System Self-Programmable Flash||$19.95|
|Circuit Playground Express||ATSAMD21 ARM Cortex M0||Arduino, CircuitPython, or MakeCode||2 MB of SPI Flash storage||$24.95|
|Circuit Playground Bluefruit||nRF52840 Cortex M4||Arduino, CircuitPython, or MakeCode||256KB RAM, 2 MB of SPI Flash storage||$24.95|
NOTE: because the Circuit Playground Classic only has 32KB of storage, it is unable to run CircuitPython.
Circuit Playground Bluefruit
Recommended: First Adafruit Hardware for Beginners
A Beginner's Recommendation.
Among the many Adafruit devices, the CircuitPlayground Bluefruit is a more accesible to beginners:
- Can run CircuitPython
- Alligator clips instead of soldering
- Loaded with features: tons of sensors, accelerometer, neopixels, speaker, etc
- About the size of a Ritz cracker
- Supported by many Adafruit learn guides as well as third-party online tutorials such as CircuitPython School and Bluefruit School
Use with STEMMA QT components
Here is a cable which has alligator clips on one end and STEMMA QT on the other:
You can also get the following if you're using a breadboard:
- Adafruit Learn Guide: MakeCode for Circuit Playground Express
- Adafruit Learn Guide: Circuit Playground Bluefruit
This page was last updated on 2022-10-12 12:51:07 -0500.