Overview

In this project we're building Pearl's Spear: LED Wand from Steven Universe!! 

 

We made Pearl’s gem wand so it lights up and makes sound effects when you swing it around! You too can build your own with a couple parts and craft supplies.

 

Use microsoft MakeCode and Adafruit Circuit Playground Express and learn how to program. Drag and drop code blocks to develop interactive LED animations.

Lights and Sounds and more!

 

The Circuit Playground Express powers the NeoPixel LED strip and can activated animations and sounds with its build in sensors!

 

Tigger with motions, sound or even temperature!

 

Parts easily connect with Alligator clips, so no need to solder!

Craft Parts/ Tools

 

To build this project, all you need are some foam poster boards and art supplies. 

 

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 List

This is an easy to copy + paste list of parts linked to their individual product pages.

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
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Adafruit NeoPixel LED Strip w/ Alligator Clips - 60 LED/m

PRODUCT ID: 3811
Adding glowy color to your projects has never been easier: no more soldering or stripping wires, clip 'em on and glow! This Adafruit NeoPixel LED Strip with Alligator...
$12.50
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Short Wire Alligator Clip Test Lead (set of 12)

PRODUCT ID: 1592
Connect this to that without soldering using these handy mini alligator clip test leads. Approximately 4.5" overall cables with alligator clip on each end, color coded. You get 12...
$3.95
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3 x AAA Battery Holder with On/Off Switch and 2-Pin JST

PRODUCT ID: 727
This battery holder connects 3 AAA batteries together in series for powering all kinds of projects. We spec'd these out because the box is slim, and 3 AAA's add up to about...
$1.95
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This guide was first published on Jan 25, 2019. It was last updated on Jan 25, 2019. This page (Overview) was last updated on Apr 21, 2019.