Having a bad day? With the press of a button and your small desktop storage container erupts into flames, creating a perfect visual representation of how life often feels, and a cathartic way to express oneself.

How it Works

A servo motor opens the lid of the dumpster and a fan, powered by a DC motor, blows fake flames upwards. A Circuit Playground Express, programmed with MakeCode, controls the motors and illumination.

This project can be easily reprogrammed in MakeCode to take on different functions. A great beginner project, no soldering required!


Circuit Playground Express is the next step towards a perfect introduction to electronics and programming. We've taken the original Circuit Playground Classic and...
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Additional Materials

In addition to the electronics, for this project you will also need:

  • Tissue paper
  • Markers and/or highlighters (red/orange/yellow preferred)
  • Hot glue gun
  • Scissors
  • Wooden skewers
  • Access to a 3D printer

Read on to learn how to build your own!

This guide was first published on Nov 06, 2019. It was last updated on Nov 06, 2019.

This page (Overview) was last updated on Aug 08, 2021.

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