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Episode #221: Empowering developers by embedding Python

Published Thurs, Jul 18, 2019, recorded Mon, Jun 24, 2019.


How do we get kids excited about programming? Make programming tangible with embedded devices. Did you know that after kids learned to code with the BBC micro:bit, 90% of kids "thought coding was for everyone" and 86% said it made CS topics more interesting?

One person doing great work in this space is Nina Zakharenko. She's here to tell us all about her projects with CircuitPython.

Links from the show

Nina on Twitter: @nnja
Nina on Github: github.com/nnja
Nina's Blog: nnja.io

IDLE doesn't call os.fsync(): bugs.python.org
Python in VS Code: code.visualstudio.com

PyPortal Python 2.7 Countdown timer
Video: twitter.com
GitHub repo: github.com

CircuitPython
Repo: github.com/adafruit/circuitpython
Adafruit’s Python for microcontrollers newsletter: adafruitdaily.com

#PythonHardware on Twitter: #PythonHardware
Sophy Wong’s LED Jacket using MakeCode and CircuitPlayground Express in HackSpace magazine: hackspace.raspberrypi.org
Tommy Falgout’s LED Badge Lanyard: twitter.com

Nina Zakharenko
Nina Zakharenko
Nina loves teaching developers, and she has spoken at conferences around the world like PyCon Russia, EuroPython, and DjangoCon. In 2019, she gave the closing keynote at PyCon US, and co-organized Mentored Sprints for Diverse Beginners.

She is currently based out of Portland, OR where I enjoy snowboarding, hiking, drinking scotch, and tinkering with hardware, LEDs, and wearable electronics.
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