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Happy 2016!

We hope you all had a nice Christmas and New Year’s Eve. It has been lovely to see all the pictures and videos of CodeBug, GlowBugs and ColourStar that you have been posting online over the Christmas break.

#christmas #star using #codebug #colourstar #coding @pimoroni @adafruit

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Carrie Anne and Maggy made some great video tutorials for creating a CodeBug Christmas pudding bauble.

We joined in on the action with this colourful gingerbread house powered by GlowBugs and CodeBug.

We hope you are as excited about 2016 as we are. This year has lots in store for CodeBug, it is going to be AMAZING!

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Star Wars lightsaber

The new Star Wars film is not so far far away and we here at CodeBug are eagerly awaiting the next chapter of the epic saga. To celebrate the release and to start feeling the force, we decided to make our own office lightsaber using CodeBug and GlowBugs. It was really fun and only took us a few parsecs to make (sic) ;)

CodeBug Star Wars lightsaber

The lightsaber activates when you press button A (make your own whooshing sounds) and cycles through 4 different colours when pressing button B. Get yourself some GlowBugs from The CodeBug Shop and try the lightsaber project out for yourself.

Tweet us @_codebug to let us know what your favourite colour is!

It seems like we’re not the only ones getting excited about Star Wars, Mereside Primary have made a Yoda Sayings CodeBug project, clearly the force is strong with these young padawans.

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Christmas costumes

Christmas is just around the corner and here at CodeBug we can't wait as you'll have seen from the Christmas stars on our twitter

We're sharing the Christmas cheer with three festive costume templates for you to dress up your CodeBugs, a reindeer, a star, and a bauble. Follow this CodeBug activity for useful tips on sewing your costumes

Don't forget ColourStars and GlowBugs are available from The CodeBug Shop to brighten up your winter nights.

Christmas CodeBug costumes

We love that people have already started dressing up their CodeBugs in seasonal attire.

Don't forget to tweet @_codebug with what you make with CodeBug and we'll feature it in a future blog.

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ColourStar and GlowBugs

We’re getting into the festive cheer here at CodeBug and to celebrate Christmas we are releasing CodeBug GlowBugs and ColourStar! Make your projects wonderfully colourful and decorate your home with these full colour light up stars and mini croc-clippable bugs. Check out The CodeBug Shop to get yours today :)

CodeBug ColourStar CodeBug GlowBugs

We have already sent out a few ColourStars and GlowBugs to see what people think of them and we're excited by what you're creating with them.

ColourStar plugs straight onto your CodeBug and has handy mounting holes for building your own star wand or to sew it to a jumper and become the brightest star in the room this holiday. There are so many ways to brighten up these winter nights with ColourStar, you could use it as a Christmas tree topper, or even as a dining table centerpiece.

GlowBugs connect to your CodeBug using the croc-clippable legs. You can control up to 80 of them from a single CodeBug, perfect for decorating your Christmas tree.

ColourStar and GlowBugs are really easy to use, and we have written some fun activities to get you started including making your own ColourStar wand and how to use GlowBugs as wearables as well as introduction guides to both GlowBugs and ColourStar.

Give the gift of coding this Christmas in full colour!

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Element14 CodeBug wearables competition

We had a great talk yesterday at the element14 CodeBug Wearables competition with Amy Mather (aka MiniGirlGeek) and Mike McGlade from Microchip Technology Inc. Talked to school children about why computing is important for young people to learn about and the amazing things that can be done with it.

Amy explaining CodeBug

The event launches element14's wearables competition which is designed to encourage school children into Computer Science and STEM subjects.

Wearables Competition

All the participants seemed eager to get started coming up with potential ideas for their entries. More information on the event can be found here. We wish them all the best of luck with the competition!

Wearables Competition

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