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Christmas Lightbox-Dec 2018

Christmas Lightbox-Dec 2018

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The Christmas Lightbox

On the 8th of January, I ran a ‘Christmas lightbox’ workshop using the Microbit and  neopixels at Kingston University, for CoderDojo.

It was a fun, creative and calm workshop (in a really good way). The Christmas spirit was definitely there!

Ben and Val prepared the cardboard boxes and decoration materials. On Saturday morning I found out that I needed to do some last minute prep. I had to get a new batch of neopixels lights ready. Everything was under control though. Straight away, I grabbed some crocodile leads & turned the soldering iron on. After a bit of wire stripping and tinning, I had all the leads soldered onto the neopixels.

These are the materials & tools that I used:

  • Red, white &  black crocodile clips
  • Soldering iron & solder
  • Wire cutters
  • X 4 Neopixels

One end of each crocodile clip had to be snipped off and soldered to the neopixel connections. Ben & Val were really happy that I was able to get the neopixels ready in time!

The workshop went really well and I even managed to make my own lightbox, as well as helping the others. We didn’t have many Christmassy things to decorate the lightbox with, which gave the children attending a chance to use their imagination to be more innovative!

At the end of the workshop, we had a Show and Tell. Two people from my table went up and talked about the lightbox they had made. I was really proud!
Overall, the afternoon session went really well and I had a fun time making and helping out.

P.S: some of the attendees wanted to know where they could get the neopixels from so that they could tinker at home, which was nice to know!


Hi, my name is Avye and I love making, coding, designing, exploring new technology and swimming! This site is about the things I get to experience, discover and enjoy. Welcome to my world!

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