New Course Added – Using BBC micro:bit with the Raspberry Pi

New Course Added – Using BBC micro:bit with the Raspberry Pi

The Raspberry Pi is a small but powerful SBC (Single Board Computer) which you can purchase for around 55$ produced by the Raspberry Pi foundation (www.raspberrypi.org) while the BBC micro:bit is a small electronic board designed in the UK by the BBC (and it’s numerous partners) to get kids involved in computing. You can read more about the BBC micro:bit at www.microbit.org. Both the BBC micro:bit and the Raspberry Pi have been around for a while now and are being increasingly used to promote STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) education. From what we’ve seen over the last half a decade or so the Raspberry Pi (and the Arduino) have become really popular with the mainstream hacker (Hacker = folks who want to learn more about their hardware, software. Not the bad guys who want to break into your computer/networks) movement while the BBC micro:bit has gained immense popularity in the classroom helping teachers increase engagement with STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math).

Learning to use the BBC micro:bit with the Raspberry Pi : This development track links to tutorials put together by the Raspberry Pi foundation. These tutorials are designed to get you working with the BBC micro:bit using the Raspberry Pi SBC (Single Board Computer). You can learn more about the development track by heading over to the following link – https://learning.kidzcancode.com/course/learning-to-use-the-bbc-microbit-with-the-raspberry-pi/. Some of these tutorials also make use of the Makecode block based coding platform to write your code. Feel free to challenge yourself and try to assemble code for each of the tutorials using MicroPython for the BBC micro:bit. All of the development tracks at KidzCanCode.com is 100% free to access.

These tutorials are a great way to build upon the Makecode Block based programming concepts (for the BBC micro:bit) you’ve built. This is an advanced micro:bit coding track and can be considered as an introductory electronics track. We would highly recommend that you complete the following tracks before you start off the “Learning to use the BBC micro:bit with the Raspberry Pi” development track.

  1. Introduction to coding concepts with Scratch I
  2. Introduction to coding concepts with Scratch II
  3. Exploring coding concepts using the BBC micro:bit – I
  4. Exploring coding concepts using the BBC micro:bit – II
  5. Introduction to electronics using the BBC micro:bit – I
  6. Introduction to electronics using the BBC micro:bit – II
BBC micro:bit and the Raspberry Pi

About the BBC micro:bit– The BBC MicroBit (also referred to as BBC micro:bit) is an open source hardware ARM-based embedded system designed by the BBC for use in computer education in the UK. The BBC micro:bit was first announced on the launch of BBC’s Make It Digital campaign on 12 March 2015 with the intent of delivering 1 million devices to pupils in the UK. Here’s some of what’s packed into micro:bit –

  1. The micro:bit is half the size of a credit card and has an ARM Cortex-M0 processor
  2. The micro:bit comes along with an accelerometer and magnetometer sensors
  3. The micro:bit offers Bluetooth and USB connectivity
  4. Also embedded into the micro:bit front face is a display consisting of 25 LEDs and two programmable buttons

About the Raspberry Pi 3B+ – The Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+ (Raspberry Pi 3 Model B Plus) is the latest version of the Raspberry Pi. Just add a keyboard, mouse, display, power supply, micro SD card with installed Linux Distribution and you’ll have a fully fledged computer that can run applications from word processors and spreadsheets to games. The Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+ builds upon the features of its predecessors with a new, faster processor on board to increase its speed. It also features on-board WiFi and Bluetooth Low Energy capabilities to enhance the functionality and the ability to power more powerful devices over the USB ports.  The latest Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+ has a faster 64-bit 1.4GHz quad core processor, 1GB of RAM, faster dual-band 802.11 b/g/n/ac wireless LAN, Bluetooth 4.2, and significantly faster 300Mbit/s Ethernet.

Raspberry Pi 3B+

Hopefully you have enjoyed the post. If you have any questions, comments or suggestions for future tutorials drop us a note at – learning at hack2 dot live.

KidzCanCode – At KidzCanCode.com we offer FREE access to various STEM (Science, Engineering, Technology, Math) development courses at KidzCanCode.com . At KidzCanCode.com you will find courses on Scratch, BBC Micro:Bit, Raspberry Pi, Robotics and Electronics.

If you are looking for a BBC micro:bit, Arduino, Raspberry Pi, starter kits, electronics kits, robotics kits including other STEM learning kits we would recommend you drop by our online store here – <OzToyLib>.

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