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Adafruit To Teach Electronics Through Puppets In New Kids Show 68

coop0030 writes "Wired has an article up about how Adafruit, the kit-based electronics retailer and promoter of hobbyist engineering, is aiming to teach electronics to a younger demographic. So young that they're enlisting the help of puppets. Their new online show, titled Circuit Playground, will teach the essentials of electronics and circuitry to children through kid-friendly dolls with names like Cappy the Capacitor and Hans the 555 Timer Chip. Limor 'Ladyada' Fried, Adafruit's founder and chief engineer (and 2012 Entrepreneur of the Year), will host the episodes, with her team assisting with onscreen and puppeteering duties. Episodes will premiere this March, and Fried holds hope for them to help inspire the next generation of designers and builders."
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Adafruit To Teach Electronics Through Puppets In New Kids Show

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  • Now I can figure out how all this shit works.

    Can't wait for the one about magnetics!
  • by mykepredko ( 40154 ) on Thursday December 27, 2012 @07:11PM (#42407233) Homepage

    Onto a more serious note; it's always great to see somebody bring in some new ideas to bring electronics to kids.

    It will be very interesting to see how the concepts are brought across using puppets. I would have liked to see some examples before the story went live.

    The big issue that I always find is that when somebody comes up with a new idea for teaching concepts, they can illustrate basic concepts very effectively but get bogged down when the material becomes deeper and not so readily obvious.

    Having said that, if they have a character for a 555, maybe they have a good formula!


    • That would be the "74LVC245 - Breadboard Friendly 8-bit Logic Level Shifter" [] otherwise known as "Shifty"!
      You don't even want to know what she has planned for Power Supplies (AC/DC, AC/AC, and DC/DC)!
  • That sounds about as exciting as watching grass die. No offense meant here, I get the reference to the designer and all, thats cool. But I don'' see how this is going to excite kids. Kid sees "Hans the 555 timer chip". Kid thinks: "Whats a timer chip?" and unless that is answered in a very obvious way EVERY TIME the character is shown, it'll be lost.

  • timing chip? (Score:5, Interesting)

    by slashmydots ( 2189826 ) on Thursday December 27, 2012 @07:22PM (#42407321)
    I'm not 100% sure what a 555 timing chip is so I might have to watch the show myself to learn, lol.
    • I hope you don't mind seeing Hans get into an orgy with Cappy and a bunch of other sexy, sexy components. What's really freaky is how if he gets it on with the right group, he'll be turned on and off again repeatedly, the filthy pervert.
    • thus saith the Wiki []

      the tl,dr version is a 555 is a bog standard way to generate a timing pulse since it is one of those very stable designs (put it into a circuit with X values and you will get pulses at Y hertz) It of course can be used for a few other things also

  • Let me guess, the new and improved version of Punch and Judy will be Apple and Samsung?

  • Fat Agnes, Paula, Gary The Gate Array, and Sid.

    and more..

  • ... about an electronics course taught by someone named "Fried". (Years ago we used to razz a friend who had a pair of Fried speakers -- "Hey dude... your speakers are fried!" -- so maybe it's an age thing that makes it funny.)

  • I started trying to teach my kid something about electronics the other day. I tore apart some broken dongle or other to show him what capacitors and stuff look like. But I didn't recognize any of the multicolored 1 mm sq. little bits of stuff stuck to the board.

    So I tore apart some broken dongle or other from 10 years ago to show him what capacitors and stuff look like, and the little multicolored bits were about 3 mm sq. Not much of an improvement. I'm almost positive I probably identified one of the b

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