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New Tutorial: Circuit Playground Fiber Optic Light

Check out the Circuit Playground Fiber Optic Light tutorial at the Adafruit Learning System.

This is a fun and easy project that combines the ever-fabulous Circuit Playground board with a 3d printed case to create an easy night light or costume accessory with animated lights.  No soldering required!

If you’ve been wanting to get into building things with Arduino and neopixels, this board is a really great starting point.

  • Mardi Gras Mask accessory
  • Top Hat Topper
  • Kid’s science fair volcano
  • Glowing puppet hair
  • Flower Bouquet Enhancer
  • Pot Holder
  • Night Light
  • Showgirl Headdress

You can also use end-glow light pipe to put glowing eyes or spots of color into hard-to-reach areas of your costume or project, without messing around with breakable wires.


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.

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