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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 ...
Let's Start with a little introduction. My name is Erik Leitner and I am a STEM and Computer Science Instructional Facilitator at Broward County Public Schools, the nation’s sixth largest district. I am also a Computer Science Fundamentals facilitator for Code.org, district coordinator for SECME, the county's K-12 STEM Olympiad, and leader of the districtwide roll-out of STEM initiatives such as Minecraft and eSports. I am certified in both K-6 education and K-12 Computer Science.  A ...
Dear friends, I'm happy to share with you the activity that I made during a summer camp in Peerugia, with VERY YOUNG CODERS: a group of 10/15 children, 7/9 y.o. (mostrly 7 y.o.). I was involved as tech educator to make the kids experience a coding path during the summer camp promoted by the company of their parents.   Due the age (from 7 to 9 y.o.) they weren't into coding at all. So I started with CODING UNPLUGGED activities. We started using checkered papers first and playing on a gri ...
The students of the Cambourne Electronics and Robotics Club (CERC) were excited to win the element14 Summer Challenge and immediately got started with the BBC Micro:bits and the Kitronik Inventory kit. CERC conducted two sessions on Sunday 18th August 2019 with the beginner and the advanced batch. Each batch had 20 students in the age group of 7-14years.   The first project was to make a simple project with a buzzer that was connected to the pin P0 and GND (0V) using the Kitronik kit and u ...
Radu is one of the most excited members of our club. Descovering micro:bit and kitrokik, he loves it so much that he convinced his parents to acquire for him these kits, such that to be able to do his own researces, at home. Actually, several members of our club did so. So, he presents us his new projects, at our meetings. Last week it was about "Reaction"; I recorded him: He explains how the electrical power goes from one hand to the other/ from hand to head / from hand to a plant... The ...
One of the goals of this ongoing project is to introduce students to microcontroller programming and provide a practical understanding of micro:bit hardware, software, and programming. Microcontroller programming is popular for robotics and understanding how software controls hardware. It is also a very fun way for students to learn about computers and programming because of the drag and drop” block coding application. During each session, students learned about Microbit and Kitronik har ...
The benefits of coding extend far beyond creating software and websites. Before students start working with micro:bit, they must first learn computational thinking skills, which is the ability to approach a problem in a structured and logical way. Incorporating computer science into core curriculum is well-deserved. Not only does it give all students the skills needed to enter the growing field of computer science and gaming, but it also teaches them foundational skills such as problem solving a ...
The complete and running 10-LED PWM Controller. A messy rat's nest of project wires on this project. It was unavoidable, unfortunately. (Images & video via me.)     Driving three LEDs was a good start. The real goal is to control a lot of them. My next step on this mission is controlling ten LEDs. I did do it, technically. However, I lost one key functionality, recording the sequences. The issue came down to insufficient memory for storage.   However, I was able to control ...
Waking up on the fourth day of camp I was ready to expand our program and take things to the next level.  What I didn't expect was to read this...     After a few calls, I was saddened to discover that camp had to be cancelled.  We simply couldn't have students on the campus without functional plumbing.  Even after water was restored several days later, the city remained on a boil water order for nearly a week.  Businesses and programs were forced to shut down an ...
During the first week of camp, the goal was to get the students familiar with the MakeCode platform and to get them working with the Micro:bits.  As stated before, the majority of these students had either never programmed before and NONE of them had done any physical computing whatsoever.  Since the first day was spent introducing the platform to all 200 students, it was now time to shift our focus to the 60 that wished to put most of their energy into the STEM program.  I would ...