Adafruit Circuit Playground Express
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At about the size of my wife's birth control pack, Adafruit's Circuit Playground Express brings a motherlode of possibility to budding makers, designers, and STEM students interested in electronics and programming.
The Circuit Playground Express (CPX) is a development and experimenting board condensed into a 2" disc. In addition to the myriad coding options you'll have when connecting it to a PC / Mac / Chromebook / Linux device, the CPX earns its schoolyard name from its collection of built-in sensors and interactive lights. These include: motion, temperature, light, and sound sensors; 10 x min NeoPixels, each of which can display any color; and a mini speaker with class D amplifier.
The Circuit Playground Express isn't the only attaboy I've got for Adafruit. Some of you may also remember another one of their equally nifty, yet slightly more devious programmer's products: the TV-B-Gone kit.