Overview

In this project we’re upcycling a classic construction kit from 1969.

 

Astrolite by Hasbro, introduced in 1969, was a building toy set made of clear tubes that snap fit together, allowing one to build cities or robots of light!

 

In this project we’re adding NeoPixels and motorizing the color wheel.

The Adafruit CRICKIT is great for this project, it can drive NeoPixels, servos and lots of other sensors and components for building robots.

 

The board and components fit inside the light box and secured with 3d printed parts.

 

All of the components stack on top of each other, making this an easy mod!

The 3d files are free to download and modify in any CAD package!

 

Program the Crickit and Circuit Playground Express with Microsoft Makecode or Circuit Python. Use the onboard sensors to trigger drivers, motors, change light animations and sounds.

 

Add our polycarbonate case to a couple of Circuit Playground Expresses to add even more interactive lights! We 3d printed ¼ tripod attachments to fit with the tubes!

Prerequisite Guides

There's resources in these guides that go beyond what's covered in this tutorial. MakeCode guide is all about setting up your Circuit Playground Express board. TheCircuit Playground Express introduction guide walks you through all of the pinouts, sensors and everything you need to know.

Parts

You can find the list of all parts used to make this project linked below!

Adafruit CRICKIT for Circuit Playground Express

PRODUCT ID: 3093
Sometimes we wonder if robotics engineers ever watch movies. If they did, they'd know that making robots into slaves always ends up in a robot rebellion. Why even go down that...
$29.95
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Circuit Playground Express

PRODUCT ID: 3333
Circuit Playground Express is the next step towards a perfect introduction to electronics and programming. We've taken the original Circuit Playground Classic and...
$24.95
IN STOCK

Adafruit NeoPixel LED Side Light Strip - Black 120 LED

PRODUCT ID: 3634
Fancy new side light LED strips are a great alternative for folks who have loved and used Adafruit LED strips for a few years but want gorgeous, glowy light emitting at...
$34.95
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Adafruit Circuit Playground Express Enclosure

PRODUCT ID: 3915
We've got nice cases for many of our beloved boards, but the Circuit Playground Express has been left out of couture enclosure...
$4.95
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1 x Servo
Continuous Rotation Servo
1 x 4 x AA Battery Holder with 2.1mm Plug
4 x AA Battery Holder with 2.1mm Plug
1 x 1/4" to 1/4" Screw Adapter
1/4" to 1/4" Screw Adapter
1 x Camera and Tripod 3/8" to 1/4" Adapter Screw
Camera and Tripod 3/8" to 1/4" Adapter Screw

Standoffs 

 

(4) M3x15mm secures Crickit to the 3D Printed Base

 

CPX Servo Mount screws

(2) M3x6mm

 

Servo Standoffs

(4) M3x10mm

 

Servo Horn Standoffs

(2) M3x25mm

1 x M3 Male-Female Hex Brass Standoffs
M3 Male-Female Hex Brass Standoffs
This guide was first published on Jan 21, 2019. It was last updated on Jan 21, 2019. This page (Overview) was last updated on Jan 23, 2019.