You can build your own model garage with a functioning automatic garage door powered by a Circuit Playground Express, servo motor, and pushrod mechanism created with a paperclip, cardboard, a dowel, and a straw!
You'll code the Circuit Playground Express using MakeCode so that it can open or close your garage door at the press of a button, and even build a light activation mode that will automatically open the door for you!
For materials, you'll need:
- small, corrugated cardboard box
- drinking straw
- wooden dowel or bamboo skewer
- paper clip.
The electronics you'll need are listed below.
Here are the tools you'll use to build the project:
- Hobby knife
- Metal ruler
- Hot melt glue gun and hot melt glue -- either low or high temperature is fine
- Small pair of pliers for paper clip bending (optional, you can do it with your fingers too!)