NERP: CircuitPython Workshop 12-17-18 with Kattni Rembor!

NERP - Not Exclusively Raspberry Pi
NERP - Not Exclusively Raspberry Pi
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Pumping Station: One

3519 N. Elston Ave. · Chicago, IL

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3519 N. Elston Ave. in Chicago

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At a special NERP on 12-17, Kattni Rembor will be giving a workshop on Adafruit's Circuit Playground Express board running CircuitPython. This is a paid event.

That's right -- Next NERP December 17th is Not free and open to the public! There's a first time for everything! For registration details see

Kattni Rembor is a full time contractor working as an embedded software developer, technical writer and community leader with Adafruit Industries. She began learning Python through CircuitPython in July 2017. CircuitPython is Python that runs on microcontrollers, and is designed to lower the barrier for entry to learning programming and electronics. She joined Adafruit in January 2018 as a member of the CircuitPython team. She has written the definitive Getting Started guides, the library designed to make CircuitPython super simple to use on Adafruit's premier learning board, Circuit Playground Express, as well as many project guides and tutorials. She has helped build the amazing, supportive online maker space around CircuitPython and a wide variety of other open source topics. The community was a huge part of what got her started, and she has greatly enjoyed becoming such a huge part of it.

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Workshop description:

CircuitPython is Python that runs on microcontrollers. It's designed for learning and it's super simple to use. If you're new to programming or electronics, CircuitPython can help you get started with both. All you need to do is plug in a microcontroller board, open any code editor, and start editing. Participants will have a Circuit Playground Express microcontroller board to use. We will be using Mu as our code editor - Mu is an editor that has the serial REPL and a plotter built in, and makes getting started with CircuitPython particularly easy. This beginner-friendly workshop will introduce CircuitPython, and cover the basics. Then we will get into working with code. There will be a series of examples that utilise the various sensors, lights and switches built into the Circuit Playground Express board. We will start simply with the CircuitPython "Hello, world!" From there, we'll build on the concepts learned, combining them as we go to eventually build a light up, capacitive touch tone piano.

For those who are interested, there will be the opportunity to stay after the break for further exploration.

NERP is not exclusively Raspberry Pi, the small computer and embedded systems interest group at Pumping Station:One in Chicago. NERP meets every other Monday at 7pm at Pumping Station:One, 3519 N. Elston Ave. in Chicago. NERP meets in the Electronics lab upstairs. Find NERP and Pumping Station:One at
Doors open at 6:30pm. NERP is free and open to the public except Dec. 17, 2018. Ed Bennett ed @ kinetics and electronics com