Guides for product: Circuit Playground Express - Base Kit

It's the Circuit Playground Express Base Kit! It provides the few things you'll need to get started with the new Circuit Playground Express. This version of Circuit Playground is super powered, and will work with Microsoft MakeCode, CircuitPython, code.org CS Discoveries or Arduino IDE.

You can use Circuit Playground Express with code.org CS Discoveries, but we recommend this code.org Individual Pack which has the alligator clips and LEDs you'll need to follow all the lessons.

Kit includes:

About Circuit Playground Express:

Circuit Playground Express is the next step towards a perfect introduction to electronics and programming. We've taken the original Circuit Playground Classic and made it even better! Not only did we pack even more sensors in, we also made it even easier to program. You can now start your journey with Microsoft MakeCode block-based or Javascript programming or code.org CS Discoveries. Then, you can use the same board to try CircuitPython, with the Python interpreter running right on the Express. As you progress, you can advance to using Arduino IDE, which has full support of all the hardware down to the low level, so you can make powerful projects.

Because you can program the same board in 3 different ways - the Express has great value and re-usability. From beginners to experts, Circuit Playground Express has something for everyone. If you are looking for our original, Arduino-only Circuit Playground, check out the Circuit Playground Classic.

    Here's some of the great goodies baked in to each Circuit Playground:

    • 10 x mini NeoPixels, each one can display any color
    • 1 x Motion sensor (LIS3DH triple-axis accelerometer with tap detection, free-fall detection)
    • 1 x Temperature sensor (thermistor)
    • 1 x Light sensor (phototransistor). Can also act as a color sensor and pulse sensor.
    • 1 x Sound sensor (MEMS microphone)
    • 1 x Mini speaker with class D amplifier (7.5mm magnetic speaker/buzzer)
    • 2 x Push buttons, labeled A and B
    • 1 x Slide switch
    • Infrared receiver and transmitter - can receive and transmit any remote control codes, as well as send messages between Circuit Playground Expresses. Can also act as a proximity sensor.
    • 8 x alligator-clip friendly input/output pins
    • Includes I2C, UART, 8 pins that can do analog inputs, multiple PWM output
    • 7 pads can act as capacitive touch inputs and the 1 remaining is a true analog output
    • Green "ON" LED so you know its powered
    • Red "#13" LED for basic blinking
    • Reset button
    • ATSAMD21 ARM Cortex M0 Processor, running at 3.3V and 48MHz
    • 2 MB of SPI Flash storage, used primarily with CircuitPython to store code and libraries.
    • MicroUSB port for programming and debugging
    • USB port can act like serial port, keyboard, mouse, joystick or MIDI! 

    All you need to know to get coding with Microsoft MakeCode
    MakeCode for Circuit Playground Express
    62
    Beginner
    During your Circuit Playground Express into a remote control. Or control it using an IR remote control
    Infrared Transmit and Receive on Circuit Playground Express in C++
    15
    Intermediate
    Make faster and easier than ever with MakeCode, code.org CSD, CircuitPython or Arduino!
    Adafruit Circuit Playground Express
    164
    Beginner
    Just sync like they do it in the wild
    Fireflies with MakeCode
    5
    Beginner
    Move your body to play Minecraft!
    CircuitPlayground Minecraft Gesture Controller
    6
    Intermediate
    Explore and use the contents of your AdaBox 006
    AdaBox 006
    26
    Beginner
    Create a Morse code signal display with Circuit Playground Express
    Circuit Playground Morse Code Flasher
    6
    Beginner
    Use a Circuit Playground Express and stuff in your kitchen to build your own sound-activated snow globe.
    Mason Jar Snow Globe
    9
    Beginner
    Use an IR remote and CircuitPython to change the colored lights of your holiday tree ornament!
    Remote Control Tree Ornament with Circuit Playground Express
    11
    Beginner
    Ring in the New Year with a fun countdown clock that plays Auld Lang Syne! Doubles as a light-up party favor and noisemaker!
    New Year Countdown Clock with Circuit Playground Express
    5
    Beginner
    Use CircuitPython to turn your Ikea (or any!) lamps into interactive colorful fun!
    Hacking Ikea Lamps with Circuit Playground Express
    22
    Intermediate
    Build your own safe hidden in plain sight to store valuables -- and rig an intrusion detector with Circuit Playground Express!
    Secret Hollow Book Intrusion Detector
    8
    Beginner
    The next step in learning CircuitPython.
    CircuitPython Essentials
    69
    Beginner
    *pew* *pew* Take out TVs with your Circuit Playground!
    Circuit Playground Express TV Zapper
    13
    Beginner
    Make a modern, futuristic instrument!
    The Tilt Trumpet
    7
    Beginner
    Plot all the things!
    Sensor Plotting with Mu and CircuitPython
    35
    Beginner
    Get started with just a few lines of code!
    CircuitPython Made Easy on Circuit Playground Express
    43
    Beginner
    Use MakeCode and the accelerometer to operate a pair of glider wings.
    Circuit Playground Express Sugar Glider
    12
    Intermediate
    Use morse code to control your Android phone with this project, no soldering required!
    Android GBoard Morse Code Control with Circuit Playground Express
    4
    Beginner
    Get started quickly with the sensors on the Circuit Playground Express
    Make It Sense
    9
    Beginner
    Visualize your data in real time on your computer screen
    Make It Plot
    3
    Beginner
    Add sound quickly to your Circuit Playground Express and Crickit Projects
    Make It Sound
    6
    Beginner
    Where are those hidden Circuit Playground Express treasures?
    Circuit Playground Express Treasure Hunt
    9
    Beginner
    Play infrared zombie tag with Circuit Playground Express and CircuitPython or MakeCode!
    Zombie Tag Game with Circuit Playground Express
    5
    Beginner