Skip navigation
When I started this code club in July, I started with a few daring students. They worked, learnt and enjoyed themselves so much, that the school has formally decided to have a 'Computer Science Club' where students will be encouraged to code and create interesting things. I also decided to teach the basics of microcontrollers to a bunch of incoming young college students, so that they can carry on this partnership between the college (Dayananda Sagar College of Engineering) and DSIS (Dayananda ...
Resource conservation is very important. Annually, a huge amount of resources are wasted for often trivial reasons - someone leaves the tap running for too long, leaving the lights in the room on after exiting it, etc. So at the code club we decided to build a 'smart refrigerator' (well, a model of a smart refrigerator) that beeps when the door is open to alert the person and make them close the door, which saves electricity.   The Micro Bit has Light sensors on the LEDs that enable it to ...
As a kid, I learnt how a compass worked. It was almost magical to a 7 year old me to see a suspended bar magnet reorient itself. Now that I get to teach the kids here how to code, they often surprise me with their creations. One student came forward with such an interesting project, that I decided it just had to be documented here.   The Compass and radio combination The Micro:Bit board has an inbuilt compass that can tell the direction. The MakeCode editor makes it incredibly easy to use ...
The students at DSIS have been very busy over the last few weeks building their projects, and unfortunately so have I. Now that I have some time off from college, I am going to document their progress over the last month.   Piezo Buzzers: Till now most of the projects that the students have done have focused on visual response (i.e: The LED matrix). This is natural as it is easy to program the LEDs to display characters and shapes on the Micro:Bit, and more importantly it doesn't require ...
Wearable tech has come a long way from digital watches to fully functional smartwatches that can double up as phones. Fitness tracking in particular has become really important- we live quantified lives. We track the number of calories we eat, the number of hours we sleep and of course, the number of steps we walk. The idea is that once you attach a number to something, it becomes easier to have a progressive overload in that direction. Because the human body adapts so well, each day you need to ...
It has been an interesting week here in Bangalore. After the students got acquainted with how to use the micro:bit and its sensors, we decided to move on to more complex projects. Over the course of 6 days students worked on Radio communication using the Micro:Bit and building an Electronic Voting Machine (EVM). The latter half of the week was spent in making micro:bit wearable devices, which is detailed in the next blog post.   Why an EVM? India is the largest democracy in the world and h ...
Greetings from India!   Before starting this post, I'd like thank jlucas and danzima for getting the Micro: Bit and Kitronik kits shipped here. I asked John a lot of questions, and he patiently answered all of them. Special thanks to Dayananda Sagar College of Engineering, Dayananda Sagar International School, Principal sir and all the teachers involved in making this club a reality. As an engineering student with no workspace of my own, I was pretty much dependent on the school and colleg ...