Imagine having the ability to create retro type LED games similar to the classic handheld LED games of the late 70s and early 80s but with only 10 NeoPixels oriented in an arc combined with lots of sensors! We are challenging makers to create games that transform the Circuit Playground board into a retro handheld 1D arcade game system. The Circuit Playground board is a perfect board to explore coding based on creating retro LED type games with young programmers.
We seek to create 1D arcade games centered around retro LED gaming with just 10 NeoPixels. We focus on LED gaming because it provides a great way to teach basic coding and gaming concepts while keeping costs low. LED based games were fun as portable handheld gaming systems for us who grew up in the 80s, so I am seeking to capture that same kind of fun with Circuit Playground while teaching young programmers how to code. With all of the sensors on the Circuit Playground, it makes the perfect platform for developing LED based games. Instead of 80s LEDs with no extra sensors, Circuit Playground with NeoPixels and a variety of sensors are available to create this 1D arcade game system.
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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, TinyGO, or even use the Arduino IDE. Circuit Playground Express is the newest and best Circuit Playground board, with support for CircuitPython, MakeCode, 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.