New Course Added – Explore IoT with the BBC micro:bit
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New Course Added – Explore IoT with the BBC micro:bit

Explore IoT & Electronics using the Smart Science IoT Kit for the BBC micro:bit : We’ve just added a new development track at www.KidzCanCode.com. This development track provides access to each of the tutorials you can perform with the Smart Science IoT (Internet Of Things) kit for the BBC micro:bit. The Smart Science IoT kit is designed to help you get started with exploring the world of electronics with a focus on Internet Of Things (IoT). With the Smart Science IoT kit you will be able to interact with the real world using sensors, capture data from those sensors, upload the data to various IoT platforms and then visualize that data in real time.

The Smart Science IoT kit is a great way to get kids of all ages to start exploring the world of electronics while learning the fundamentals of data collection, data visualization, managing IoT data on SaaS platforms, etc.  The Smart Science IoT kit for the BBC micro:bit is a great way to dive into the awesome world of electronics and get started with your own STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) learning journey.

Explore Fundamentals of IoT with the BBC micro:bit

With the Elecfreaks Smart Science IoT kit you will be able to interact with the real world using sensors, capture data from those sensors, upload the data to various IoT platforms and then visualize that data in real time. The Elecfreaks Smart Science IoT kit is a great way to get kids of all ages to start exploring the world of electronics while learning the fundamentals of data collection, data visualization, managing IoT data on SaaS platforms, etc.

The Elecfreaks smart science IoT kit for BBC micro:it comes packed with ~11 easy to use sensors (OLED screen, noise sensor, light sensor, relay sensor, soil moisture sensor, water level sensor, dust sensor, etc.) and includes the Electrofreaks Octopus micro:bit breakout board. The Electrofreaks Octopus micro:bit breakout board is specially designed for use with the Electrofreaks Octopus sensors and makes it really easy to interface with the different electronic bits i.e. sensors, etc. included in the smart home kit.

Recommended prerequisites – All of the development tracks at https://Learning.KidzCanCode.com is 100% free to access. These tutorials will help you build upon the knowledge gained coding with Scratch and the BBC Makecode editor. Dive into the Smart Science IoT kit for BBC micro:bit development track to get a taste of the type of electronics projects you can build using the BBC micro:bit while exploring the fundamentals of IoT (Internet Of Things). If you are looking for a more structured introductory electronics track to dive into the world of electronics we would highly recommend considering the following –

  1. Exploring fundamentals of electronics using paper circuits
  2. Introduction to electronics using the BBC micro:bit I
  3. Introduction to electronics using the BBC micro:bit II
  4. Introduction to making and creating using the Adafruit Circuit Playground Express
Smart Science IoT Kit for BBC micro:bit

What you will need – This development track requires an investment in the following hardware and software –

  1. BBC micro:bit –This development track makes extensive use of the BBC micro:bit.
    1. If you haven’t purchased a BBC micro:bit yet you might want to head over to OzToyLib and pick one up now.
    2. We would recommend that you pick up the BBC micro:bit kit which comes with a battery pack, usb cable and the real micro:bit.
    3. We will be using the official online makecode block editor to write code for all our tutorials. No investment required here.
  2. BBC micro:bit Starter Kit –You can purchase the Smart Science IoT kit through the OzToyLib store – Smart Science IoT Kit for BBC micro:bit.
    1. Please note that the BBC micro:bit needs to be purchased separately from the Smart Science IoT Kit for BBC micro:bit
    2. You can purchase the Smart Science IoT Kit for BBC micro:bit at OzToyLib.
  3. You can also look up each of these products at your local electronics hobby store.
BBC micro:bit Ready To Go Kit

About BBC micro:bit – The Micro Bit (also referred to as BBC Micro Bit, stylised as micro:bit) is an ARM-based embedded system designed by the BBC for use in computer education in the UK. The board is 4 cm × 5 cm and has an ARM Cortex-M0 processor, accelerometer and magnetometer sensors, Bluetooth and USB connectivity, a display consisting of 25 LEDs, two programmable buttons, and can be powered by either USB or an external battery pack. The device inputs and outputs are through five ring connectors that are part of the 23-pin edge connector at the bottom of the board.

The micro:bit can be programmed using the Microsoft Block code program editor which is similar to the block based language Scratch ideal for 7-12 year olds. The micro:bit can also be programmed using the Makecode editor in Javascript and Python which allows for older kids to learn the Javascript and Python programming language using the micro:bit.

You can read more about the BBC micro:bit at the microbit website. Also see Kitronik’s resources here – Parents Complete Guide To The BBC micro:bit.

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.

FREE STEM learning at 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, Arduino, 3D modelling, 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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