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BBC Micro:Bit.

ca Offline Chako

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BBC Micro:Bit.
on: May 23, 2023, 12:03:48 PM
Just recently added to the Ontario Science Curriculum, is the addition of programing. The School I work at already has a class set of BBC Micro:Bits, but in another department. Looks like the Science Dept will have to get a class set as well. In regards to this, I thought it would be prudent to buy myself a few Micro:bit items so that I can play with them over the summer holidays to better prepare myself for next September when classes start again.

For those who are not aware, the BBC Micro:bit is a very small micro board computer with quite a few built in sensors, and a simple programming tool. Add sensors and other items, and you have a fairly capable little computer that can be used in labs. Far cheaper than LabQuest. I find it amazing that the UK is so much more advanced than anyone else I know in terms of little cheap computers. I know that the Raspberry Pi hails from the UK as well, and now we have the BBC Micro:bit. In fact, I was told that in year 7, everyone in school gets one for free from their Government.

I bought 2 boards for myself from different places off of They roughly cost 45 Canadian Dollars each. 1 kit came with a neat little silicone board shield to help protect the unit from static shock. That one also came with a battery box. Much like the Pi, these are sold under the name of various companies.

20230508_181034A by Chako, on Flickr

20230508_181041A by Chako, on Flickr

20230508_181107A by Chako, on Flickr

20230508_181140A by Chako, on Flickr

20230508_181215A by Chako, on Flickr

20230508_181227A by Chako, on Flickr

The basic board gives you a lot to do. There is a microphone, 25 LED display array, a touch sensor, a tilt/shake sensor, etc. The real fun begins when you add some accessories such as this robot kit.

20230508_181305A by Chako, on Flickr

20230508_181326A by Chako, on Flickr

and this fairly big sensor package.

20230508_181350A by Chako, on Flickr

20230508_181427A by Chako, on Flickr

It is all tied into this easy programing environment based on Microsoft MakeCode. The beauty lies in its simplicity.

The actual code editor is located here. You get a nice electronic version of the Micro:bit so that  you can get immediate feedback on your coding. Likewise, you can also convert to Python and JavaScript on the fly.


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