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Introducing MakeCrate’s Partnership with AE Machines

MakeCrate is proud and pleased to announce a new partnership with AE Machines.

This partnership allows MakeCrate and AE Machines to introduce a broader audience to electronics and coding. The AE Machines user interface makes coding Arduino circuits easy and intuitive.  Users can drag and drop components and pair them with triggers and actions to get your  MakeCrate projects without writing a single line of code.  Changes are simple to make, so users can make changes to the program and quickly see how those changes affect their circuit.

AE Machines is a start-up founded by a husband-and-wife team of engineers building tools to make robotic automation accessible to broader groups of people. Their top-down approach to software design utilizes software blocks to design system functionality. The tool at is an initial demonstration of this human-centered approach to automation design funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF).  AE Machines is located in the EnterpriseWorks Incubator in the University of Illinois Research Park in Champaign, IL.

To get started using AE Machines with your MakeCrate starter, nightlight, and soil moisture sensor kits, watch this tutorial, and create an account at

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