12 Days of FIRSTmas (2020)

It’s over – the 2020 gift season is done, you got your gifts, you went “meh” on some and exchanged them for something that makes you happy.

So what did you end up with?

Sitting here in my new Kermit the Frog Tshirt (thanks Susan) I have:

This was on sale at Farm and Fleet for $49. This will be a grandkid build once we get done with Covid. Pretty excited, this box is heavy and we can build all three things from a single kit.

I do a ton of training on Ardunio and Raspberry Pi interfaces. And it’s always "Step one, acquire all these fiddly parts and a breadboard. Then with about 2.3 million wires, hook them up. This board has about $20 worth of display parts and gives you one stop shopping to be able to use them.


I’m a huge fan of Raspberry Pi stuff. The latest versions with the 8 GB memory have entered the “Hey this is a real computer” (that heavy sigh you heard was from my IMSAI on the shelf) Anyway this case is hard core, with a massive heat sink, metro board to mount the 1TB SS drive. If you are going to go for a Pi on a robot, this case may be what you are looking for. Extruded aluminum case, internal supports, fan, etc. may make this your goto case.

Lastly, is this way to store all of your small electronics / components / jewelry – its a 80 slot bag than I’ve stuffed all the Pi Zero, hats, etc into. I had to put a hook on the back of the door to hold it, but I was smart enough to make it a big hook to hold the second bag that will become home to all the Arduino parts.

A pretty great Christmas with my favorite wine from my favorite sister, a Delaware shirt embedded with the NASA logo, and of course socks!

So what did you get?

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