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Interactive Around the World Basic Facts Practice with wrist-mounted Microbits.   When we received the Microbit Club Pack I divided each set into its own small zipper bag. In each bag there was the Microbit, the cable, and the battery pack with batteries. When my students arrived I showed them Microsoft's MakeCode site and a few other resources related to cool things you could do with a Microbit.  Students had never heard of them and were eager to try it out. I gave them zero instruct ...
Hello Element14 community! I'm the manager of a free community makerspace in the Old North End of Saint John, New Brunswick. I entered the Great Micro:bit giveaway after a particularly great summer camp the New Brunswick Community College facilitated for us. The Community College had developed quite an amazing curriculum for the micro:bit (I'll have to see if they'll let me post the curriculum here!) with the 9-14 age range in mind. I'm glad I got to be a part of it.       ...
This is going to be a game played between two micro:bits. Each player has a ship displayed on the LED matrix. A ship can be a single dot/LED or several LEDs. One LED in the ship is “the head” of the ship. When the “head” takes a hit, the game ends. Each player can select the location of the “missile” they are sending to the enemy. X coordinate is selected by pressing button A and Y coordinate is selected by pressing button B. The communication between th ...
My name is Darrell Little and I have been a volunteer educator and workshop leader for the past several years. I have created a community organization called "Learn To Program, Roanoke" and also a member of the local robotics and makers club. Recently we have partnered with the local county library system to offer Hour of Code sessions during Computer Science Education Week.   For Hour of Code 2018 at the Roanoke South County Library, I put together a fun activity programming the micro:bit ...
GEMS (Girls Excelling in Math and Science)  http://www.gemsclub.org is a 25-year-old international network of STEM clubs for girls. We have clubs all over the world, serving girls in grades K-12. One of our western PA clubs won the Micro:bit opportunity, receiving a club pack, so we decided to have a day-long camp incorporating these wonderful little tools, learning about electronics, and a Skype visit from a New York engineer from Google. (The video only shows the elements of the day conce ...
G:rl Power Code Fest Americas! Finally the day came, 4 countries: Perú, Colombia, Chile and Mexico gathered to do the G:rl Power Code Fest Americas, an event where more than 200 girls had the opportunity to share and ideate a small prototype that could help to achieve the UN Sustainable Goal Number 3: Health and Well Being.   This event started very early, at 7 pm. In Mexico we had 10 teams, 5 girls from age 12-13 and a teacher each. They all developed basic ideas. At ten, a selec ...
Two thirds of the way through the term and the micro:bits are going strong. We've lost one cable and one anti-static bag but otherwise everything is still in working order.   I was worried that by this point some of the kids would have lost interest but the majority continue to be motivated to explore what they can do. Many of the kids have now made use of the Bluetooth radio feature which is something they'd not encountered before. In the last session I let those who had completed the bas ...
I'm one of two volunteer teachers at a nearby Detroit high school and won one of the classroom packs. The Teals idea is to get teachers able to teach CS independently by pairing them up with industry professionals until they can teach CS on their own. This is the 2nd year for the program here in Michigan and this year most of the students are sophomores or juniors with a couple of seniors. Many have never coded before.   The TealsK12 curriculum has them coding in Snap! which is a graphic l ...
Week 2 of my student’s game design development project went pretty smoothly. Students spent most of their time exploring the boundaries of the micro:bit platform, and sorting out the core concepts to their games. Most of the teams strayed away from their original idea, as they started thinking about the potential interactions of this hardware device. I’ve generally found that to be a perfectly natural part of mid-scale classroom projects. Though my initial projection was for them to ...
We are very happy to start with the first series of workshops for girls, in preparation for the G:rl Power Code Fest, a hackathon taking place simultaneously in Chile, Colombia, Peru and Mexico.    Here in Jacaranda Education, we decided to work with 1 teacher and 1 student, that will then replicate the workshops with their colleagues  and fellow students in each school.  In total, we are working with 10 Schools of the mexican technical school system. For this first worksho ...
Getting Started In WEEK 1 of our micro:bit game design project, I introduced both the platform and the project to my students. These students have seen Python before, but have never seen microcontrollers, or dealt with wireless communication.   I find history to be a VERY important part of teaching technology, so introduced the micro:bit through a history that included microcontrollers since the mid 1970s and the impact of open-source communities on the industry, in more recent years. Af ...
The Platform I’m proud to be one of the recipients of “The Great micro:bit Education Giveaway” and received my classroom kit a few weeks ago. I’ve been a college professor for about a decade, and have been involved with the hacker/maker community even longer. I’ve published many open-source projects with Arduino and other platforms, but I’m new to the micro:bit.   During my first couple of hours with the platform, I found it to be one of the simplest s ...
TL;DR  I wrote a tool to make it even easier to download programs to the micro:bit. It's called Microflash and it means when you activate a .hex file you can download that to a micro:bit with just one more click.   To install on an Ubuntu 18.04 LTS machine enter the following in a terminal:   $ sudo apt-add-repository ppa:robert-ancell/microflash-stable $ sudo apt install microflash   It's open source (GPL-3) and you can contribute on the GitHub page. You can also hel ...
zren

Discovering the Micro:Bit

Posted by zren Nov 6, 2018
I am part of the 21st century!   I have been a teacher for the last 23 years, and one of the constants of the job is that you always need to keep learning, and this means you are never the same teacher: New knowledge means new experiences, which in turn become new ways of teaching. I am not an engineer. I do not have a background in electronics.   However, I enjoy playing, discovering and learning. So I decided to participate in this giveaway promoted by Element 14 where I could recei ...
Hi everyone, here is Gus from Jacaranda Education in Mexico City.   We just started to work with the Microbits this Saturday, inviting kids from the community to try out the first workshop we are developing.  We explored the basics of electronics using a water experiment: Later we started diving into electronics and the first Micro:bit Projects: A Name Tag and a moisture sensor for plants. This STEAM workshop also puts a lot fo emphasis on the idea that they create "creatures", th ...
rancell

Voting Project

Posted by rancell Nov 2, 2018
About this project  In this project we'll use micro:bits to make a voting system. Have you ever watched a game show on TV where you "ask the audience" for their answer? We can make the same with micro:bits. To do this project you should have some experience with basic micro:bit programming and using the radio.   Let's start with a design: Every voter will have their own micro:bit. One person will start the vote by saying what the vote is for and pressing A+B. There will be 10 seco ...
We are going to start a project: develop a digital watch. This is actually going to be a multi-session project that we can expand as much as we like (depending on the level of attending students).   We will start with the easiest solution. Once that is working, we will ask ourselves if there are any features our watch is missing and how we can implement them. Then we will start the process all over again.   This approach makes the project adaptable to different levels of knowledge: ...
We've now been using micro:bits with our Code Club students for three sessions (6 more to go until the end of term!). We've had 20 kids come this term (ages 9-10).   It's been really successful! The kids love using them and need very little motivation to keep working on projects. I feel there's been a lot less distraction compared to using Scratch and a deeper understanding of how the code works. The two most popular projects we've had so far are Fortune Teller (i.e. magic 8-ball) and Frus ...
About this project  This project shows how to use the BBC micro:bit radio to make a large display using multiple micro:bits.   What you'll need  4 x BBC micro:bit (or more if you have them) 1 x Micro USB 1 x Computer or tablet 8 x AAA Batteries & 4 x Battery Holders   Project walk through  The 5 x 5 LED display on the BBC micro:bit is great, but it sure takes a long time to scroll though a long message. Is there a way we could use a number of micro:bits to make a ...
rancell

Heart Monitor Project

Posted by rancell Nov 1, 2018
About this project  This project shows how to send radio messages between two BBC micro:bits. One micro:bit will be used by the patient who will press the A button when they feel their heartbeat. The other micro:bit will be used by the nurse and will see a heat symbol flash when the patient presses the button.   What you'll need  2 x BBC micro:bit 1 x Micro USB 1 x Computer or tablet 4 x AAA Batteries & 2 x Battery Holder (optional)   Project walk through  Go to th ...
zren

Descubriendo el Micro:bit

Posted by zren Nov 7, 2018
¡Por fin soy parte del siglo XXI!   He sido maestro por los últimos 23 años, y una de las constantes de este trabajo ha sido el hecho de siempre estar listo para seguir aprendiendo, lo que significa que nunca eres el mismo docente:Nuevos conocimientos significan nuevas experiencias, lo que a su vez significa nuevas formas de enseñar.   No soy un ingeniero. No tengo experiencia o conocimientos de electrónica.   Sin embargo, disfruto de jugar, descubr ...
zren

Descubriendo el Micro:bit

Posted by zren Nov 6, 2018
am part of the 21st century!   I have been a teacher for the last 23 years, and one of the constants of the job is that you always need to keep learning, and this means you are never the same teacher: New knowledge means new experiences, which in turn become new ways of teaching. I am not an engineer. I do not have a background in electronics.   However, I enjoy playing, discovering and learning. So I decided to participate in this giveaway promoted by Element 14 where I could receive ...