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Dice Project

A kit for this project is available from RSH Electronics.

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Dice Press the push switch to 'throw' the dice: this makes the circuit rapidly cycle through the dice numbers so that an effectively random dice number is displayed by the LEDs when the push switch is released.

Drill seven 5mm holes in a dice pattern to mount the LEDs on a panel such as a plastic box lid or sheet of thin plywood. They should be a tight fit but a little glue can be applied from the underside if necessary.

Dice project sequence The 555 astable circuit provides clock pulses at about 5kHz for the 4017 counter which has ten outputs (Q0 to Q9). Each output becomes high in turn as the clock pulses are received. Only six counts (Q0-Q5) are needed so Q6 is connected to reset. Appropriate outputs are combined with diodes to supply the LEDs: for example Q1, Q3 and Q5 are combined for LED A.

The dice sequence has been started at 2 so the ÷10 output can be used for LEDs B1 and B2, this saves diodes and simplifies the circuit. Pressing the push switch makes the disable input low so that counting occurs.

This project uses a 555 astable circuit to provide the clock pulses for the 4017 counter.


Parts Required



Stripboard Layout

Stripboard layout for dice project


Circuit diagram

Circuit diagram for dice project


Click here for RSH Electronics A kit for this project is available from RSH Electronics. If you are new to electronics buying a kit is a good way to be sure you have the correct parts for the project.

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