MICRO:BIT

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FOR: STEM-teachers, Design and Visual Communication teachers, Technology teachers, Digital Technology teachers, IT teachers, and Computing teachers. Page 3

Look no further. The Micro:bit BBC is the best place to start! Page 5

MICROPROCESSORS: 7

What is an Arduino Uno?. 7

What is Picaxe?. 7

What is Raspberry Pi?. 7

Papermaking and Pop-up greeting cards. 12

However, let us return to the micro:bit 14

Micro:bit BBC. 14

What is micro:bit BBC?. 14

Introducing the BBC micro:bit - BBC Make It Digital 15

Getting started with the micro bit 16

How it works: 18

Micro:bit code, LED ON and OFF. 18

Why teach with the micro bit?. 20

Research Findings. 20

Introducing computer programming. 20

Kitronik Inventors Kit Resources: 21

The inventor’s kit has 12 experiments, which start with simple tasks and programming for beginners. 21

ABOUT THE RESEARCHER (AUTHOR): Page 23


STEM PROJECT-BASED EDUCATION: DO YOU WANT TO INTRODUCE YOUR STUDENTS TO COMPUTER PROGRAMMING?

 

KEYWORDS:

Micro:bit, PICAXE, Arduino Uno, Raspberry Pi, LilyPad Arduino, Gemma Flora, computer programming, STEM, project-based, microprocessor, electronics, e-textiles, LED lights, buzzers, piezo buzzers, Kitronic Inventor’s kit, Python code, Java Script, coding, programming, papermaking, copper tape, pop-up greeting card.

 

LOOK NO FURTHER. THE MICRO:BIT BBC IS THE BEST PLACE TO START!

 

But, before we continue with the micro:bit let me give you a quick overview of other options and pathways of teaching electronics and computer programming. You could consider PICAXE, Arduino Uno, or Raspberry Pi. These units are relatively similar and can be used to teach the basics of computer programming. The mini computers can all extend into different areas like controlling electronics, and more (flashing LED lights, buzzers, piezo buzzers, and much more).  Do you have a student interested in e-textiles (electronics incorporated into textiles)? The LilyPad Arduino is a great choice!  Students can create amazingly interesting projects with clothing, handbags, armbands, and much more.

What is the LilyPad Arduino system?

The LilyPad Arduino is designed for e-textiles and wearable projects. It can be sewn to fabric and similarly mounted power supplies, sensors and actuators with conductive thread.

IMAGE: LilyPad Arduino for e-textiles. LilyPad Arduino in Halloween Costume.

Party-goers can record their own 5-second looping blink patterns.    

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