Check out the latest tutorial from Erin St Blaine: Build a motion-reactive Chinese Dragon puppet with a Circuit Playground Express, a strip of NeoPixel LEDs and Microsoft MakeCode. This is an easy project that’s great to build with kids. They’ll love dancing around and shaking this dragon to make him light up with flickering flame lights that they programmed themselves!
From the guide:
Chinese dragons are iconic symbols of Chinese culture and festivals, with their vibrant colors and intricate designs. This tutorial will show you how to turn an inexpensive Chinese dragon decoration into an animated stick puppet, and then how to take your dragon puppet to the next level, adding motion-reactive flame lights that create a stunning visual effect to mesmerize your audience.
This is an easy beginner-level project that involves a little bit of soldering. You can download our code sample, or learn to make your own flame effects using MakeCode, Microsoft’s drag-and-drop code editor. This is a fantastic project to do with kids.
Make a family of dragon puppet lanterns and have your very own parade for Lunar New Year!
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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.
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