Build a Test Your Nerves game with Circuit Playground Express #CircuitPlaygroundExpress #Adafruit @adafruit @biglesp

In Test Your Nerves, you navigate a wire loop around a wavy wire without touching the loop to the wire. It takes some skill in spatial relations and nerves to get through!

Les Pounder (@biglesp) writes on kidscodecs.com about building such a game with simple educational electronics:

Do you have steady hands? Could you complete this devious project, designed to test your skills? Games such as this were common in fun fairs and carnivals around the world. They rely on the skill of the player to navigate a twisty course made of conductive wire. The wire is connected to one side of a circuit, and the player uses a wand to navigate the course. If the wand touches the course, then the circuit is closed and completed, allowing power to flow to a buzzer or LED signalling the player has failed.

To build this project all we need are some common items found around the home, and an Adafruit Circuit Playground Express. And to build this project we shall be using CircuitPython, a version of Python developed especially for Adafruit’s range of boards.

Check out the full tutorial here and watch it in use in the video below.


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