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TEACHING KIDS ABOUT ELECTRONICS: CIRCUIT PLAYGROUND playlist by ADAFRUIT

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I am sure you have heard this before -(please read it on a solemn tone)-: “Our kids will work in the future making jobs that don’t exist yet”.

This is the reason why I am always looking for new  and funny ways to prepare my kids for a future job market, giving them means to develop the necessary skills to adapt to it. CIRCUIT PLAYGROUND playlist by ADAFRUIT is one of the best ways for teaching kids about electronics and introducing them to the technical terms.

When someone asks what I would like my kids to be in the future, I always have the same answer: Happy people. I want them to have the necessary skills to work on what they will be passionate about.

Circuit Playground is an Adafruit Industries’ educational web-series that helps kids learn about electronics. Adafruit takes an alphabetical approach for teaching kids about the basics of circuits, components and concepts.

Artificial Intelligence will rule the jobs of the future, so learning how to work with it will be key.

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ADAFRUIT is a 100% woman owned company founded in 2005 by MIT hacker & engineer, Limor “Ladyada” Fried. Her goal was to create the best place online for learning electronics and making the best designed products for makers of all ages and skill levels.

This company wants to inspire the engineers of tomorrow, so they enlisted a group of puppets to help them out: Cappy the Capacitor, Hans the 555 Timer Chip, and a host of other tech-savvy, kid-friendly puppets.

The CIRCUIT PLAYGROUND playlist let me and my kids jump into the world of Circuit Playground and learn all about electronics.

Adabot is a curious robot who loves to learn and discovers new things about electronics in every new episode. He and his gang will guide us through electronics basic concepts.

See electrons move, capacitors charge, and resistors resist – all from A to Z!

The gang consists of Adabot and his friends: Hans, the 555 timerMho, the resistorConnie, the transistorCappy, the capacitor; Ruby, the red LEDGus, the green LED and Billie, the blue LED.

The idea, is to make electronics and engineering more accessible to young children, in the hopes of sparking their interest early on: “Will there be a generation of engineers 10 years or so from now saying ‘Hey, I became an engineer because of that crazy electronics show Circuit Playground?’ I hope so.” – Limor “Ladyada” Fried ADAFRUID CEO

Do you like it? This only letter A – there are 25 more letters to go!

I know this post will delight my friend Conchi, because she is a scientist! I wish something like this would have existed when I was younger!

There also is a Circuit Playground app for iPad and iPhone.

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And if is you are interested in this subject, have a look at Adafruit Learning System1500+ free tutorials on the making.

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“The most valuable combinations of skills are going to be people who both have good training in computer science, who know how the machines work, but also understand the needs of society and the organization, and so have an understanding of humanities and social sciences,” GARTNER Inc.