If anyone is looking for a good beginner project/tutorial that shows off some of the benefits of the Particle platform, check out our new project on Hackster: https://www.hackster.io/eely22/day-night-photoresistor-demo-6b5d28?team=38260
This is a simple setup with bluz and a Photoresistor that we used to control a simple graphic on a website. I am planning on using this at an upcoming event to get high school students interested in technology. If others are looking for some sample projects, I hope this helps.
The page has all the details, but the video has the final product: