Summertime means being outdoors, looking at the stars, and spending time with friends and family. Traditionally, a camp fire or backyard fire has been a place to gather and relax after a hard day’s hike.
Many campsites don’t allow individual fires — and in my world, it’s just not true camping without a campfire. Nothing can replace a real fire, but this surprisingly realistic LED fire comes really close. Guaranteed to confuse and annoy your kids.
This is a great beginner project — you can keep it really simple and build it in one afternoon, or get more complicated with onboard chargers and fiber optics. Marshmallows not included.
It also works great as an acoustic guitarist trap, but careful: you won’t be able to get them to leave.
Stop breadboarding and soldering – start making immediately! Adafruit’s Circuit Playground is jam-packed with LEDs, sensors, buttons, alligator clip pads and more. Build projects with Circuit Playground in a few minutes with the drag-and-drop MakeCode programming site, learn computer science using the CS Discoveries class on code.org, jump into CircuitPython to learn Python and hardware together, or even use Arduino IDE. Circuit Playground Express is the newest and best Circuit Playground board, with support for MakeCode, CircuitPython, and Arduino. It has a powerful processor, 10 NeoPixels, mini speaker, InfraRed receive and transmit, two buttons, a switch, 14 alligator clip pads, and lots of sensors: capacitive touch, IR proximity, temperature, light, motion and sound. A whole wide world of electronics and coding is waiting for you, and it fits in the palm of your hand.