While there are many starter soldering kits on the market, most don’t integrate coding. What makes CHIP notable — aside for his adorable face — is the fact that he’s programmable.
Once you’ve finished soldering all of CHIPs parts, he can be plugged into an Arduino and programmed. Learn coding basics by making CHIP’s lights blink fast or slow, or fade them in and out. Create different blink patterns or make him into a nightlight that dims automatically after a few minutes.
CHIP can also work without an Arduino. Just build the included Power Pixel base and plug him in. You can use the two push buttons to switch the eyes on and off.
You can buy CHIP from Soldering Sunday for $14.95. Class packs are also available.