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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 ...