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By Invitation Only - Minode Kit - Review

Scoring

Product Performed to Expectations: 10
Specifications were sufficient to design with: 10
Demo Software was of good quality: 10
Product was easy to use: 8
Support materials were available: 10
The price to performance ratio was good: 9
TotalScore: 57 / 60
  • RoadTest: STEM micro:bit - Minode Kit
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  • Evaluation Type: Development Boards & Tools
  • Was everything in the box required?: Yes
  • Comparable Products/Other parts you considered: N/A in my experience
  • What were the biggest problems encountered?: None

  • Detailed Review:

    The kit provides a useful extension to the Micro:Bit for working with year 4&5 children.

     

    I used this primarily with a class that had experience of blockly and working with CodeBug so the initial learning curve was quite shallow. The Additional package that needs to be loaded was simple enough but some children would forget to load it at the start of a new project which led to a bit of unnecessary frustration for them. If there could be a direct url that I could like to a bookmark for them that brought up the Blockly editor and pre-loaded the additional package, that would be handy.

     

    The kit itself is well made and sturdy enough for children of the age I was working with and the wires are easy to replace as they use standard connectors if you needed to make longer ones for example.

     

    The additional package all made sense and the fact there was no documentation in the box was a real positive for me (I would have removed it anyway) as it lead to some fantastic experimentation from the learners (and me) to find out how each element worked. We have only begun to experiment with a few of the inputs/outputs but they have all been massively enthused by working with this product - I only wish I had more than one fo them!

     

    If you were looking for an additional feature that would add to this product, the Micro:Bit has provision to run from a battery pack using 2 AAAs so if the Mi:Node had this funtionality too, it would enable some more inventive placements around the school. For example, my students wanted to use it to alert teachers to high noise levels and running from batteries would have made this simpler.


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