NEW GUIDE: Use a Circuit Playground to Measure How Tall Something Is!

Use a Circuit Playground (Developer Edition) and some basic crafty components to build a homemade inclinometer to measure the height of things, from trees to Space Needles!

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This is a fun and simple beginner project that turns the Circuit Playground into an inclinometer. An inclinometer is a device that can determine the angle of something relative to the horizontal. With this information and some right angle math, the height of tall objects can be determined. Don’t worry, all the math is provided and use of a calculator is allowed.

NEW GUIDE – How Tall Is It?

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NEW GUIDE – How Tall Is It?


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