If Halloween has snuck up on you, have no fear! This project gets you from zero to flapping vampire bat with no soldering required. You'll use a Circuit Playground Express, two servo motors and CircuitPython to build this fun Halloween prop.

The bat's wings are mounted to two servo motors that move up and down to create a flapping effect. The servo motors have alligator clips that attach to the pads on the Circuit Playground Express.

The NeoPixels on the Circuit Playground Express animate with a swirly comet pattern.

Prerequisite Guides

Parts

A Black woman's manicured hand holds a round microcontroller with lit up LEDs.
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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Video of a servo with alligator clips connected to a round microcontroller with pads. The horns on the servo oscillate.
This servo is just like our classic Micro Servo but has 3 alligator clip test leads at the end! This makes it perfect...
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Angled shot of 6 stand offs from a Circuit Playground Bolt-On Kit.
You have a Circuit Playground Express, but you need to mount it to your charming cardboard robot friend, eh? Not so easy if you...
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Fully Reversible Pink/Purple USB A to micro B Cable
This cable is not only super-fashionable, with a woven pink and purple Blinka-like pattern, it's also fully reversible! That's right, you will save seconds a day by...
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Angled shot of 3 x AA battery holder with on-off switch and JST SH connector.
Here's another addition to our growing family of AA battery holders. Behold! A holder for three (3) AA batteries!...
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Angled shot of 3 AA batteries.
Battery power for your portable project! These batteries are good quality at a good price, and work fantastic with any of the kits or projects in the shop that use AAs. This is a pack...
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This project also works with a Circuit Playground Bluefruit if the Circuit Playground Express is not available.
shot of a Black woman's neon-green manicured hand holding up a Circuit Playground Bluefruit glowing rainbow LEDs.
Circuit Playground Bluefruit is our third board in the Circuit Playground series, another step towards a perfect introduction to electronics and programming. We've...
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This guide was first published on Oct 25, 2022. It was last updated on Jul 16, 2024.

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