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It’s during times like these that inspire innovation. I even made something for the cause!   In that spirit, the “Fighting Germs” contest is here to not only reward that innovation ─ but also give to other charities for those attempting the same thing! It’s fun, it’s beneficial.   They say the best time to plant a tree is thirty years ago. The next best time is today.   The V2 Hand Wash Timer is a fun configuration!     It’s been ...
I activated one effect in this section of the LED panel. (via ME)   I will admit, I could not expand the memory much with the Micro:bit for the last project. So, before I explore memory expansion, I thought I would see what else I could do with the 8x8 LED grid panel. Although the LED panel is simply a reconfiguration of an addressable LED strip, but I wanted it to act like a screen. So, when the keypad is pressed, I wanted effects to correlate with the buttons. So, in this version I wan ...
Lighting up two groups of LEDs with two buttons. They are bright! (Images & video: Me)   I learned quite a bit in the last 10-LED PWM controller project. I learned that I maxed out what I could do with the Micro:bit as far as traditional LED controlling was concerned. The problems being I could only control so many, couldn’t record a sequence, and was limited in the output power for each LED.   The logical next step was rip everything out and go with addressable LEDs. In t ...
In this introduction to programming using Kitronik and the BBC micro:bit, students will create a “Magic 8-Ball” game. The game works by generating a random predictions when the micro:bit is shaken or a button is pressed e.g. “Yes”, “Most likely” and “Outlook not so good”.   The Magic 8 Ball is made up of 20 responses – 10 positive, 5 negative and 5 neutral. ...
Game-based learning and micro:bit games have been a topic of much discussion of studies throughout the year. Introducing our class to physical computing with micro:bit and Tynker Blocks bring abstract programs to life on a tangible physical device. It’s through this great idea that we should all learn the basics of coding, to familiarize ourselves with what goes on behind the scenes of those great games we love while using and understand computers and create something of our own! Here's an ...
This was originally posted on the MakeItZone Forum.   Finally we reach the purpose of all this preparation: some hands on sessions!   Wherever possible, I aim to make my materials scalable: length of session, range of abilities, range of ages. For this project, I aimed to make it work for a two hour session, through to about a two day session.   No matter the length of the session, we need to do some introductions. This can be as simple as your name and interests, through to an ...
Often times learning how to code can be an intimidating process. For many it can also sometimes be quite boring. But this summer, I was able to overcome these challenges while teaching by using the BCC MicroBit which allowed me to teach python by interfacing between blocks. Kids could understand how their blocks translated to written syntax. The BBC MicroBit is also unique in that it allowed kids multiple ways to provide input and output. By simply letting their imaginations run wild at the end ...
A bright sunny day in Renton, WA. A beautiful library sitting over a river. What better way to spend the day than conducting a microbit camp? People soon started to trickle in and sat down, watching the projector. They encompass all ages, from elementary school, to college freshmen. The room was packed to the brim, with even more people dropping in. A mix of comments fly through the air. Some are excited, wondering what the different things on the tables are. “What are these?” &ld ...
For years we have hosted a community based outreach program. Students volunteer to lead programs and we have hosted middle school programming workshops for girls, maker events, and even some challenge activities for elementary school students. My high school student leaders would deliver the content and attendees would experience the inspiring, relevant programming instructions by subject matter experts. I feel like the program has gotten better with time as these leaders stepped into their role ...
I present you the song that we composed, for our code club. It's story will be told ... later. Here are the lyrics:   Coding   I woke up in the morning, Turned on the TV set A local news was saying A code club will be set.   A code club will be set?!?   Meeting my friends I’ve asked them: “Have you heard the news?” “A code club will be set!” “Oh, where?”   “The public library!” “And what shou ...
New micro:bit gameAfter many ideas and tests, we finally chose the game that we will  register for second phase of Summer Code Club Challenge. The game is called “I caught you, Killer!”  Its whole idea belongs to Ionut Cristian Hanc who is a new member of “RO063 Wafy” Robotics Team and just begin high school. Basically, Ionut transformed a classic card game into a micro:bit fresh game. The card game name is “Surrender, killer!” and it plays like this ...
Cambourne Electronics and Robotics Club (CERC) celebrated the certification ceremony of more than 20 students who took part in the element14 Summer Code Challenge. The event was marked by a short demonstration of the projects by all kids. They made their own Powerpoint presentations to explain their projects and gained experience in communicating science to a large audience.  Some of the kids also worked in a group for their projects.   Major project demonstrations based on the BBC Mi ...
Following the first introductory session, some of the kids decided to take home the BBC Micro:bit and the Kitronik Inventor’s Kit. One of the kids, Chinmayee, decided to write up her own experience of using the kits.   This is what Chinmayee wrote:   Kitronik’s “Inventor’s Kit” for the BBC Micro:bit is a collection of essential circuit components for imaginative young coders.   The kit comes with a booklet containing many experiments which explain ...
This is also published on the MakeItZone forum website.   LockBox/Safe Controller  Our rough requirements for the LockBox/Safe software are: There will be an admin mode that allows the mentor running the session to adjust the number of PuzzleBits being used. The lock-master awaits messages from the PuzzleBits that indicate they have been solved. When all PuzzleBits are solved, the servo is activated and the lock-box unlocked. Prevent (obvious) cheating by checking the serial number ...
This has also been published on our MakeItZone forum.   I bounced the LockBox/Safe idea around with a few people of different ages, interests, and skill-sets, and got general agreement that this has potential.   The next step was to design it.   I opted to use Fusion360 to design it in 3D, even though it will be laser-cut out of 3mm birch plywood sheets. I'm learning that the parametric modelling and timeline features are amazingly powerful- especially if you think of the desig ...