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NEW GUIDE: Interactive City Skyline made with #CircuitPlaygroundExpress and #MakeCode

This guide shows how to build an attractive illuminated scene that can serve as a lamp or a living piece of art for your home. The Interactive City Skyline is constructed out of cardboard and paper and outfitted with some Adafruit electronics, creating a simple but beautiful introduction to basic construction and coding.

The NeoPixel strip that illuminates the city scene is controlled by a Circuit Playground Express, and is programmed in Microsoft MakeCode to react to certain environmental conditions. Two modes allow the NeoPixel strip to dim or brighten the strip in accordance with ambient light levels, or adjust its color based on the temperature measured by its onboard thermistor. 

Check out the interactive city skyline on Adafruit Learn System to learn how to make your own!


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.

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