Adafruit is making a kids' electronics puppet show!

The boundlessly wonderful folks at Adafruit are producing an online puppet show for kids aimed at teaching electronics. I could not be more happy about this without that I exploded.

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.

“We’ll have each component have a story, a song and something to do,” Fried says. “We’ll have live feeds in our factory on how things are made. It’s a little Elmo for engineering, a little Mr. Rogers for resistors and a little Sesame Street for Circuits.”

Adafruit is familiar with online broadcasts, hosting weekly “Show-and-Tell” and “Ask an Engineer” shows on Google+ and Ustream for over three years. Circuit Playground was a natural extension for them. “We saw the audience and the participants getting younger with more advanced projects, so we figured there was something there,” Fried says.

Adafruit to Teach Electronics Through Puppets in New Kids’ Show [Mike Senese/Wired] (via /.)


  1. Meh. I found the personalities of the diodes to be excessively one-sided, the resistor is a total obstructionist, and the ‘electrolytic capacitor’ component was far too polarized for today’s political climate…

  2. I hope she’ll include a new, clever (and not awful) mnemonic for resistance coding.  I hate that Bad Boys, etc., is still stuck in my head after all these years.

    1. I have the sneaking suspicion that SMT will do more than decency when it comes to eradicating dubious resistance stripe mnemonics…

    2. I’ve always used Blackie Browned Red Oranges, Green and Blue Violets, and Gray Whites. I don’t see what the problem is.

    1. The one running on a family values platform is a ‘bistable multivibrator’, if you take my meaning…

  3. Maybe if I watch this, I will finally be able to remember resistor codes without looking them up. Though it’s possible I have a hardware glitch rather than faulty software – I can remember every postcode I’ve ever had, but none of my family’s birthdays.

  4. 555 is a timer. 
    555 Spadina Rd, Toronto is a hidden power transformer.

    On August 10, 2012, Relmar Boys released their song “Five ! Five ! Five !”

    5 Days Later… on August 15th, Hans Camenzind, inventor of the 555 timer, 
    died. Shocking coincidence ?

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