A Micro;Bit attached to a self made top, that will count the number of times the top spins in a circle.
I got this idea because as a child my friends and I would have competitions on who could spin the top for the longest amount of my time. In a computer science class we were required to use a device called a micro:bit, and program it to work in collaboration with another item. That is how this idea arose.
First, I hot glued the standard size marble into the center of the CD. Held it in position and waited for it dry for about eight minutes. This will allow the CD to spin, replicating the action of a top.
This is a very important, but easily overlooked portion of the project. I measured the distance from the bottle cap to the end of the CD on both sides. Next, I found the center of gravity for both of the AAA batteries and marked it. At the same distance on both sides of the CD, I hot glued the center mark of the battery to the line on the CD. This allowed for the CD to be balanced on both sides giving it the optimal amount of revolutions per attempt to spin.
Each Monday is Micro:bitMonday here at Adafruit! Designed specifically for kids and beginners, the micro:bit is a pocket-sized computer that you can code, customize and control to bring your digital ideas, games and apps to life! Play, learn, explore: get started with micro:bit! Adafruit is an authorized Micro:bit reseller- check out all of our posts, tutorials and Micro:bit related products!
Experimenting with your own Micro:bit project? Use the hashtag #microbitmonday so we can feature your inspiring work on the Adafruit blog!
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.