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do your :bit

 by matteo on 16 Mar 2021 |
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do your :bit   Introduction do your :bit brings together the micro:bit and the UN’s Global Goals to provide inspiring activities for your classroom or club and an exciting digital challenge. Resources for your classrooms and code clubs Use the resources on this page to introduce the Global Goals, have fun with the micro:bit and develop world changing ideas and solutions using technology. ​Your students can enter the challenge now. ​ This year's challenge focuses on Goal 3 - Good Health and Well-being, and Goal 13 - Climate Action but we welcome entries that focus on any of the Global Goals. Inspiration The do your :bit challenge adds social purpose to digital learning and allows students to apply their digital skills to real world solutions. Find out from teachers and educators across the world why do your :bit is a fantastic challenge to run with your students, why it excites young people and what resources are available to support you. Then be inspired by our previous challenge entries.     Global Guides The UN’s Global Goals or Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s) are a call for action by all countries to promote prosperity for everyone while protecting the planet. Use our guides to introduce the Goals to students and young people. * { box-sizing: border-box; } /* Create three equal columns that floats next to each other */ .column { float: left; width: 33.33%; padding: 10px; } /* Clear floats after the columns */ .row:after { content: ""; display: table; clear: both; } .product-subtitle, .RelatedProductsHeader, .SimilarProductsHeader{ background: #f2f2f2; font-size: 16px; line-height: 17px; color: black; font-weight: bold; padding: 10px 15px; position: relative; margin-bottom:7px; border:none; } .long-description, .reviews, .questions, .related-products table, .similar-products table{ margin-bottom:40px; padding:0 15px; } Introducing the Global Goals Find out more about the UN Goals Read More Good Health & Well-being  Introduce Goal 3 to students Read More Climate Action Activities linked to Goal 13 Read More Enter Now   micro:bit project ideas Calming LEDs Regulate your breathing and relax Read More Send a smile Share some happiness with radio Read More Animal tracker Build a prototype radio animal tracker Read More Light-up fishing nets Prototype safer fishing nets Read More Saving sea turtles Prototype turtle-safe beach lighting Read More Step counter Make your own step counter with a micro:bit Read More Video Lessons Episode one sets the foundation for the series and introduces what AI is and how it can work.   Episode two - learn about AI for Earth and code with micro:bit radio to send and receive animal tracking data.   Enter the challenge You can enter the challenge now. The challenge closes at 12:00pm (BST) on July 30, 2021. What are the prizes? Winners from all over the world will receive the new micro:bit and a selection of micro:bit accessories. Second and third place runners-up will also receive the new micro:bit.   Who can enter? Young people aged 8 – 18 anywhere in the world can enter the challenge. You can enter on your own or as part of a team. Teams can contain up to 3 members.    How to enter We want you to design a solution to a problem that affects you and your community or another community somewhere in the world. Whatever the issue, we’re interested to hear how you would go about solving it. Use your imagination and be as creative as possible! There will be two age categories for entry this year. 8-14 year olds Submit an idea that solves a problem that works towards delivering the Global Goals and create a paper prototype to explain the idea, OR Design and make a solution using the micro:bit to solve a problem that works towards delivering the Global Goals. 15-18 year olds Design and make a solution using the micro:bit to solve a problem that works towards delivering the Global Goals. What do I need to do? To enter the challenge, you will need: to tell us about your solution - What have you created? Why have you created it? How it will it help your community or another community? a paper prototype showing how your idea will work. This should be a photograph of your plans. Perhaps draw your solution with notes describing its functionality. Or a .hex file of your prototype code if you so choose, you may also include a video or photos of your device in action. For more details, take a look at the the full challenge terms and conditions. Winners * { box-sizing: border-box; } /* Create three equal columns that floats next to each other */ .column { float: left; width: 33.33%; padding: 10px; } /* Clear floats after the columns */ .row:after { content: ""; display: table; clear: both; } .product-subtitle, .RelatedProductsHeader, .SimilarProductsHeader{ background: #f2f2f2; font-size: 16px; line-height: 17px; color: black; font-weight: bold; padding: 10px 15px; position: relative; margin-bottom:7px; border:none; } .long-description, .reviews, .questions, .related-products table, .similar-products table{ margin-bottom:40px; padding:0 15px; } 2020 Winners Read about their solutions Read More 2019 Winners Find out about their entries Read More Enter Now

Announcing the New Micro:bit

 by matteo on 13 Oct 2020 |
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Announcing the New Micro:bit The Micro:bit Educational Foundation has announced the manufacturing and launch of the latest version of the micro:bit. The BBC micro:bit, a pocket-sized computer helping to inspire more than 25 million children to learn digital creativity and computing skills, will receive its first major updates since launching in 2016. Available from mid-November 2020, it will now include a built-in speaker and microphone, enabling people to learn through sound and to get creative with it straight out-of-the-box. The hardware also includes a number of technical upgrades to ensure that in the future the device is an ideal tool for exploring, understanding and experimenting with AI and ML, as these technologies begin to transform the planet. The new micro:bit continues to support all of the same features that teachers and students have come to love, and all the existing lessons and code for the original micro:bit will be compatible with the new device. In addition, as part of the Micro:bit Educational Foundation’s commitment to keeping the device as cost-effective and accessible as possible, the new device will be released in November at a similar price point to the original. What's New Sense sound and transform projects with the microphone Make sound and bring your micro:bit to life with the speaker  Program the gold micro:bit logo to respond to your touch More computing power  Handy power save button  Comparison Chart Feature Current (V1.5) Latest (v2) Processor Nordic Semiconductor nRF51822 Nordic Semiconductor nRF52833 Memory 256kB Flash, 16kB RAM 512kB Flash, 128kB RAM Interface NXP KL26Z, 16kB RAM NXP KL27Z, 32kB RAM Microphone N/A MEMS microphone and LED indicator Speaker N/A On board speaker Logo Touch N/A Touch sensitive logo pin Edge Connector 25 pins. 3 dedicated GPIO, PWM, i2c, SPI and ext. power. 3 ring pins for connecting crocodile clips/banana plugs. 25 pins. 4 dedicated GPIO, PWM, i2c, SPI and ext. power. 3 ring pins for connecting crocodile clips/banana plugs. Notched for easier connection I2C Shared I2C Bus Dedicated I2C Bus for peripherals Wireless 2.4Ghz Micro:bit Radio/BLE Bluetooth 4.0 2.4Ghz Micro:bit Radio/BLE Bluetooth 5.0 Power 5V via Micro USB port, 3V via edge connector or battery pack 5V via Micro USB port, 3V via edge connector or battery pack, LED power indicator, Power off (push and hold power button) Current Available 90mA available for accessories 200mA available for accessories Motion Sensor ST LSM 303 ST LSM 303 Software C++, MakeCode, Python, Scratch C++, MakeCode, Python, Scratch Size 5cm(w) x 4cm(h) 5cm(w) x 4cm(h) New Way to Connect Crocodile Clips Micro:bit Packaging * { box-sizing: border-box; } /* Create three equal columns that floats next to each other */ .column { float: left; width: 33.33%; padding: 10px; } /* Clear floats after the columns */ .row:after { content: ""; display: table; clear: both; } .product-subtitle, .RelatedProductsHeader, .SimilarProductsHeader{ background: #f2f2f2; font-size: 16px; line-height: 17px; color: black; font-weight: bold; padding: 10px 15px; position: relative; margin-bottom:7px; border:none; } .long-description, .reviews, .questions, .related-products table, .similar-products table{ margin-bottom:40px; padding:0 15px; } BBC micro:bit v2 Single Contents 1x Micro:bit Board & 1x User Guide. Purchase Here BBC micro:bit v2 GO Contents 1x Micro:bit Board, 1x User Guide, 1x USB Cable, 1x Battery Holder & 2x AAA Batteries. Purchase Here BBC micro:bit v2 Club Contents 10x Micro:bit Board, 10x User Guide, 10x USB Cable, 10x Battery Holder & 20x AAA Batteries. Purchase Here The micro:bit Go & Club now come with a 30cm USB cable and the latest micro:bit which can be powered off by pushing and holding the power button. Important Info Updating .hex files The editors and apps are being updated over the coming weeks and are currrently in beta. When they are released, you should update any compiled .hex files that you host as part of your resources. To do this, simply drag and drop them into the editor in which they were created and then download the .hex file. Universal Hex Note that the updated file will be ~1.8Mb as opposed to ~700Kb in size. This increase in size means that the hex file can be used on any board revision and is called a Universal Hex file. Bluetooth BLE A hex file that enables all micro:bit Bluetooth services is available to use for testing BLE. Download the updated version of the BLE all services hex. Code Editors The editors will support both versions simultaneously for features common to both boards,for example the motion sensor, LEDs, buttons etc. Makecode You can use the latest board revision in the beta editor https://makecode.microbit.org/beta An extension has been developed to include the microphone and logo touch features currently available. https://github.com/microbit-foundation/pxt-microbit-v2-extension Open https://makecode.microbit.org/beta Select Advanced > Add Extension and paste https://github.com/microbit-foundation/pxt-microbit-v2-extension into the search box. Click on the extension to add it to the toolbox. V2 MakeCode APIs The Microphone and Logo touch features can be found in the Input menu. The Speaker features can be found in the music menu. Python You can use the latest board revision and APIs in the Python beta editor: https://python.microbit.org/v/beta If you want to use a specific or custom build of MicroPython you can do this in Mu. Drag and drop the MicroPython binary on to the MICROBIT drive Open the Files tab in Mu and copy main.py from the Files on your computer to the Files on your micro:bit   More info on the micro:bit V2 here  

makedo - Cardboard Construction in the Classroom

 by matteo on 30 Aug 2018 |
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We love Makedo! It has changed the way we approach box construction and our students love using it. My colleague and I were first introduced to Makedo at CONSTAWA 2017 as part of a trade display. We saw these little blue screws and were immediately drawn to the free samples. Upon further investigated we realised the incredible potential and STEM application of the resource across all year levels in our school. We were very keen to take the product back to our school’s science committee and see if there was enough money in our budget to buy a few of the Makedo sets. Thankfully there was! Once the Makedo kits arrived we couldn’t wait to start playing with them in our classrooms. The students were so excited to begin using the tools and creating wonderful cardboard constructions. As we were both teaching in early childhood classrooms it took a little bit of patience and experimenting to work out the best ways to connect different sized and shaped cardboard pieces and boxes. However, not once did a child give up or mention that it was difficult, they were having too much fun and their creative minds were buzzing. It did take some convincing to assure the students that they no longer need the sticky tape to keep their constructions together.  The first Makedo lesson we did was just experimenting with the tools, there was no end task criteria. We had butterflies, robots, transport vehicles and all sorts of wonderful creations. We then began introducing the design process by drawing our creations after they were made and later drawing our designs before we made them. Eventually we began linking the construction to our learning outcomes and providing specific criteria to the students. We made bridges for the Three Billy Goats Gruff that had to span the width of the river and hold the weight of our three toy goats. Towards the end of the year we invited our year five buddy class down to pre-primary to help us design and build Gingerbread houses using large packing boxes and the Makedo construction tools. The results were incredible and the students had so much fun exploring and playing with them. When the houses began falling apart the kids had just as much fun deconstructing their designs and were looking forward to building new things. With some practical experience under our belts we decided to take the Makedo sets to the rest of the school staff. Is there a better way to introduce a construction system than with a hands on work shop? During our Professional Learning session, staff were set a challenge to work in groups, use the Makedo sets and the recycled cardboard provided to construct a famous wonder of the world such as the Sydney Harbour Bridge, Arc De Triomphe, Great Wall of China or the Egyptian Pyramids, just to name a few. Competition was high! Some staff were on the floor while others had rulers out for precise measurements. The key principles of STEM learning: team work, problem solving, and communication were evident everywhere. The session was a big success and after the hands on experience the staff were keen to take the Makedo back to their own classrooms. We then implement a very similar session at CONSTAWA 2018 with the backing of Paul Smargiassi, the Managing Director of CD-SOFT and the person who initially introduced us to the Makedo resources. The feedback was outstanding. People really enjoyed the hands on work shop and could see the practical implementation in their classrooms. We have since been approached to again present at the 2018 STEM Learning Conference showing a need to show case simple hands on resource materials that can be implemented in a cross curricular STEM approach. The Makedo construction system is a winner in our books. It is a fun, hands on and uses sustainable materials. You are only limited by your imagination! Katie Menzies and Natalie Birrell Huntingdale Primary School

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