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Where can we get access to micro:bits as a STEM Ambassador?

CAS Community Forums – DW – MAR 2016   Mar 27 2016, 11:54 Where can we get access to micro:bits as a STEM Ambassador? If you work with the organisation Code Club, then please know that they have micro:bits themselves – this has been public on the micro:bit help pages for quite a few months now, here is the announcement that Code Club will be getting 20,000 micro:bits http://blog.codeclub.org.uk/tag/bbc-microbit/ Here is the latest on the micro:bit website https://www.microbit.co.uk/help I’m a […]

Reading live data from a micro:bit

CAS Community Forums – DW – MAR 2016   Mar 27 2016, 11:40 Reading live data from a micro:bit This has already been done ages ago by myself and my good friend Martin – please see how we control an x-wing fighter in Minecraft using the BBC micro:bit as both a tilt sensor and a button sensor here: http://www.stuffaboutcode.com/2015/12/minecraft-microbit-and-x-wing.html Also, Martin has just started to write up some additional projects on how to get data from the micro:bit that you may find […]

Using the micro:bit to stream live data is hard?

CAS Community Forums – DW – MAR 2016   Mar 27 2016, 11:36 Using the micro:bit to stream live data is hard? [edited for anonymity] Please just use the Touch Develop serial library – you can find out about this on the public micro:bit website under the Touch Develop help pages – scroll down to the end under ‘libraries’ and click on ‘serial’ to see the full documentation for it. https://www.microbit.co.uk/td/contents All you then need to do is to write […]

Not possible to use serial data from Touch Develop?

CAS Community Forums – DW – MAR 2016   Mar 27 2016, 11:30 Not possible to use serial data from Touch Develop? [edited for anonymity] Touch Develop also supports serial via the serial library, which you can find by pressing SCRIPT then ADD NEW the LIBRARY then typing in ‘serial’. I’ve used this library loads to do links with other computers, and on Tuesday 22nd March (launch day), we aired a programme on TV where 3 year 7 children used […]

Children loosing their source code programs with micro:bit, can’t re-import

CAS Community Forums – DW – MAR 2016   Mar 27 2016, 11:26 Children loosing their source code programs with micro:bit, can’t re-import [edited for anonymity] Just to be clear, the hex file can be re-imported back into the editors. The .hex file not only has the binary machine code inside it, but it also has a compressed version of the source script – try it now and you will see that it works. At the moment the MicroPython does […]

Useful demos with a micro:bit

CAS Community Forums – DW – MAR 2016   Mar 20 2016, 12:15 Useful demos with a micro:bit  [edited out for anonymity] [added] MicroPython has the REPL, which is a great way to do ‘live coding’ with the micro:bit Press the little keyboard icon labelled REPL in Mu, and you open a command prompt into the Python interpreter that you just loaded onto the micro:bit (just press NEW then FLASH to get a blank python interpreter loaded). You can then […]

Where can I find information about the BBC schools distribution?

CAS Community Forums – DW – MAR 2016   Mar 20 2016, 11:49 Where can I find information about the BBC schools distribution? All the information you need is already out there in the public eye – you just need to read the BBC blogs! Please see this public statement made by Sinead Rocks, Head of BBC learning while we were all at BETT 2016 show. In it, she clearly states that extra devices will be delivered to teachers for […]

Where can I find information and resources for teachers?

CAS Community Forums – DW – MAR 2016   Mar 20 2016, 11:41 Where can I find information and resources for teachers? [edited out for anonymity] If you look under the ‘lesson plans’ on micro:bit.co.uk you will find 13 pre-planned lessons with starter, main, extension, supporting video, and worked example programs from The IET. These are all curriculum linked, and downloadable in word and powerpoint format so you can modify and further improve them. Other partners in the programme have […]

How much current does the micro:bit normally draw?

CAS community forums – DW – DEC 2015 Dec 13 2015, 20:16 How much current does the micro:bit normally draw? The LEDs are multiplexed and modulated, so the actual current required to drive them is quite small in normal use. If you use a power pack (e.g. from maplin’s) like a USB phone charger, beware that the current consumption on the micro:bit is much lower than the threshold for those power packs, and they will auto power down after a […]

How do I control the micro:bit over Bluetooth?

CAS Community Forums – DW – MAR 2016 Mar 14 2016, 08:25 How do I control the micro:bit over Bluetooth? Apparently you can do this with DroidScript: http://droidscript.org demo here: https://twitter.com/android_script/status/675034779008544769 I saw a guy demo’ing this at an event I was at on Saturday, it’s very impressive, I hope to investigate further. Apparently you flash the Esprino javascript hex image onto the micro:bit as normal, and then you can write javascript on any android device that interacts with the […]

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