It’s the first week of Covid19 quarantine and I’m going a little nuts. What’s helping me stay sane is throwing myself into silly ridiculous projects where I can make something blinky and learn something fun, but not too challenging.
Enter: the Circuit Playground Game Clock.
Make a game clock with multiple timers using your Circuit Playground Express. It’s easy to get started with just the Circuit Playground itself, and lots more fun to add a NeoPixel strip and some custom switches and buttons using objects you can find around your house.
This is a great project for learning to code with MakeCode, with lots of customizations to play with. Easily change the timer duration, the colors and sounds for each player, and lots more. Keep your kids engaged and having fun as they learn programming basics.
Full tutorial: https://learn.adafruit.com/game-clock-with-circuit-playground-makecode
It also uses the Circuit Playground’s capacitive touch sensors as “buttons” so you can play around with hooking up random objects to use as reset buttons. This is very silly.
The educational part: I wrote all about how I created the code with Microsoft MakeCode. If you’ve never used this before, it’s really cool — you just drag-and-drop little code blocks like Lego, and you can make the Circuit Playground do all kinds of neat stuff. Check it out — it’s a fun way to spend the afternoon.