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A shot of the complete circuit. (via me)   Digital musical instruments are in every facet of music today. Arguably, you can trace digital music’s origin to the original Theremin. Today, the Theremin is more of an art installation than a practical instrument. Synthesizers can imitate just about any sound, including Theremins. This project is the first step towards making a simple light-based Theremin.    The software works as follows: - When the Micro:bit powers up, you ...
Despite the micro:bit Education Giveaway Challenge being over, one of my teams decided to release their game to the element14 community for everyone to try and enjoy! This game requires no modification or additional circuit design, and can be played by multiple players with only a micro:bit club/classroom kit. The game can serve as a class introduction to the micro:bit, or used as a tutorial to cover accelerometer, display, radio and defining custom functions.   The attached .pdf file ex ...
Hello again.   Well, today was a bit of a fail. I was all set to make our ideas at least work a littel bit, but it all ended in tears. Well, almost. I had to raise my voice four times, and other teachers have probably by now figured out the reason:   we had technical difficulties. For some reason the microbit.org site didnt work for me today. It froze halfway through my coding example, on two separate computers. The kids had issues as well and as I said, it almost ended in tears. ...
For those Just now joining the micro:bit fun, I am a college professor in game design, and have been involved with various maker and hacker groups for many years. I have been blogging about my experience introducing the micro:bit platform to college students in an intermediate Game Design class where I teach. Their project was to make a multiplayer game, using the micro:bit’s radio library for communication, so the game accounts for space or motion as part of gameplay. Gestures were used t ...
I have been teaching programming and electronics for more than two years now. Using the Arduino ecosystem. And I loved it. And most kids older than 5th grade loved it too. But I found that, for younger kids it was a challenge. So I incorporated Scratch into my curriculum, as a springboard into programming. But I hated it! I just could not wait to finish the eight classes on Scratch and to move over to Arduino.   Gradually, however, I started to see that Scratch could be more than just a sh ...
This was originally posted to our makerspace forum (https://forum.makeit.zone/t/micro-bit-creatures-creating-a-kinetic-scene-with-micro-bits/818 ); any updates are most likely to arrive there first.   This project was inspired and enabled by the Element 14 Great micro:bit Education Giveaway. I was fortunate to have our proposal selected to receive a club pack of 10 micro:bits. My thanks to Element14 and their staff for this opportunity! Synopsis "We will use micro:bits- amazing small comput ...
And now the continuation of the previous blog.   As I mentioned there are ten micro:bit kits, and that allows me to have ten teams. Each team chose a different project and they had three weeks to finish them and present a quick three-minute summary of their experiences and results. In the end 9 out of the 10 teams finished their projects. Not only that, but most of the teams decided to modify the original projects and add extra instructions, giving them their own spin.   This is my ...
A couple of weeks ago I began a journey of discovery, followed by my merry band of sixth graders. We were on a quest to discover the wonderful properties the micro:bit could offer us on this trip into uncharted territory. I shared with you what my first experiences with this device were. Now I will tell you about the students´experiences, challenges, joy and inconveniences. Since I only have the kit with the ten micro:bits and a class of twenty-one students, I decided to divide the class ...
Hello!   This is post #3 about our micro:bit project at Årstadalsskolan in Stockholm. I would characterize the project as a partial success so far. We have had some hiccups on the way that has delayed the project a few weeks, and the kids and I have learned a lot, but we have not finished our clocks yet.   But, I am getting ahead of myself. First off : Goals, curriculum and so on.   In July this year a new curriculum was adopted in Sweden. There are some minor changes, a ...
The students at Goodna State School were excited to undertake a new unit of learning with the BBC Micro:bit, thanks to element14 and their Great Micro:bit Education Giveaway.   The Australian Curriculum was introduced a few years ago however, the Technologies curriculum does not need to be fully implemented until 2020. Due to this large time frame our school has taken our time to dabble in digital technologies in the classroom, while we continue to run a successful Code Club and Makerspac ...
There have been a few hiccups along the way... but when doesn't that happen!?  I have been noting my journey using Adobe Spark, a free online tool. Here is my link to what happened! https://spark.adobe.com/page/XkK80vP6mordc/   Thanks for giving us the opportunity to develop the skills and confidence of staff, that will lead to more students being provided with the experience of coding and using the awesome micro:bits. ...
  Hardware setup An RGB LED is made of three LEDs: a red one, a blue one and a green one. Some RGB LEDs have the anode terminal (or "+" terminal) in common and some have the cathode terminal (or "-" terminal) in common. The one we are going to use in our project is a Common Cathode RGB LED.   Connections: Micro:bit pins RGB LED pins 0 Red (via resistor) 1 Green (via resistor) 2 Blue (via resistor) GND Common Cathode   Like with all LEDs we are going to use a resistor (220 O ...
Color mixing RGB LED - description and types Color mixing program   Color mixing One can display a certain color by mixing only three basic colors: Red, Green and Blue. Adding different levels of each color we get many colors. If all colors are OFF, we get black, and if colors are fully ON, we get white. You can find many color mixing web sites to understand better and to play with different percentages of colors (for example: https://www.colortools.net/color_mixer.html).   &# ...
Teacher: Denise Wright  Lesson Plan : Ocean Bay Middle School, Myrtle Beach, SC  What ages and/or grade-level(s) it's aimed toward  The microbit lessons we used in our coding group were appropriate for , middle school, grades 6 through 8th.    • What subject/s does it cover  The subjects that were covered, are STEM, computational thinking, and python coding   • What are the project goals  The goal of the project was to introduce students to p ...