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Elecfreaks Starter Kit for BBC micro:bit

$49.99

Elecfreaks Starter Kit for BBC micro:bit

$49.99

What does the Elecfreaks starter kit for BBC micro:bit offer – The Elecfreaks starter kit for BBC micro:bit comes packed with ~26 different electronic bits (Sensors, servo, LED’s, motors, breadboard, etc.) and includes the micro:bit breakout board. The micro:bit breakout board is useful in terms of extending the pin connections from the BBC micro:bit and makes it easy to interface with the different electronic bits i.e. sensors, shield,  LED’s, motors, servo, etc. included in the starter kit. The starter kit for the BBC micro:bit offers a great opportunity to explore the world of electronics using the BBC micro:bit. Interact with the real world through the various sensors,  create innovative projects, learn how to program the micro:bit to read data from the sensors and perform certain actions. The starter 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.

Please note that this kit does not ship with a BBC micro:bit. You will need to purchase a BBC micro:bit separately.

What is 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. You can use your BBC micro:bit for all sorts of cool creations, from robots to musical instruments – the possibilities are endless. The micro:bit is a handheld, fully programmable computer. It’s 70 times smaller and 18 times faster than the original BBC Micro computers used in schools in the early 1980s.

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What does the kit offer – The Elecfreaks starter kit for BBC micro:bit comes packed with ~26 different electronic bits (Sensors, servo, LED’s, motors, breadboard, etc.) and includes the micro:bit breakout board. The micro:bit breakout board is useful in terms of extending the pin connections from the BBC micro:bit and makes it easy to interface with the different electronic bits i.e. sensors, shield,  LED’s, motors, servo, etc. included in the starter kit. The starter kit for the BBC micro:bit offers a great opportunity to explore the world of electronics using the BBC micro:bit. Interact with the real world through the various sensors,  create innovative projects, learn how to program the micro:bit to read data from the sensors and perform certain actions. The starter 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.

Please note that this kit does not ship with a BBC micro:bit. You will need to purchase a BBC micro:bit separately.

What is 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 LED’s and two programmable buttons

The micro:bit can be powered by either USB or an external battery pack. The device inputs and outputs are through five ring connectors that form part of a larger 23-pin edge connector. As a pocket-sized computer the BBC micro:bit is approximately 70 times smaller and 18 times faster than the original BBC Micro computers used in schools. It has 25 red LED lights that can flash eye catching messages and be used to create challenging games. The two programmable buttons on the micro:bit can be used to control games or pause and skip songs on a playlist. The accelerometer on the micro:bit can detect motion and knows when you’re on the move so you can use it to create a pedometer or even an interactive game that detects motion. The built-in compass knows which direction you’re heading in and it can use a low energy Bluetooth connection to interact with other devices and the Internet.

What’s included in the Elecfreaks starter kit for BBC micro:bit kit – Here’s a listing of all the components included in this kit –

  1. 1 x Micro:bit Breadboard Adapter
  2. 1 x Transparent Breadboard – 83 * 55 mm
  3. 1 x Micro:bit Battery Holder – 2xAA
  4. 1 x TowerPro SG-90 Mini Servo (1.6kg)
  5. 1 x TMP36 Temperature Sensor
  6. 1 x Photocell
  7. 1 x MicroB USB Cable
  8. 1 x Breadborad Jumper Wire 65pcs Pack
  9. 1 x RGB Diffused LED
  10. 5 x Red LED
  11. 5 x Blue LED
  12. 5 x Yellow LED
  13. 5 x Green LED
  14. 1 x 10K Trimpot
  15. 2 x Momentary Pushbutton Switch
  16. 1 x Self-lock Switch
  17. 1 x Mini Speaker
  18. 10 x 100 Ohm Resistor
  19. 10 x 10K Ohm Resistor
  20. 5 x Alligator Clip Wire
  21. 1 x 5V Miniature Motor
  22. 1 x TIP 120 NPN Transistor
  23. 2 x 1N4007 Diode
  24. 1 x 8 RGB LED Rainbow Ring
  25. 1 x Acrylic Base Board for Breadboard

 

What projects can you do with this kit – With the ~26 electronic components (sensors, servos, LED’s, motors, breadboard, etc.) you will challenge yourself in many different ways and gain experience working with each of the electronic components. Here’s a list of tutorials that cover use of the components included in the Sensor kit for the BBC micro:bit. The micro:bit kit comes along with documentation for 14 different tutorials covering the different components provided in the kit. You will explore different fundamentals of electronics by creating circuits and programming them using the BBC makecode block editor. Links to the documentation online have been provided at the end of this page.

  • Experiment 01: LED Scroller
  • Experiment 02: Button
  • Experiment 03: Trimpot
  • Experiment 04: Photocell
  • Experiment 05: RGB LED
  • Experiment 06: Self-lock Switch
  • Experiment 07:Temperature Sensor
  • Experiment 08: Servo
  • Experiment 09: Buzzer
  • Experiment 10: Motor
  • Experiment 11: Rainbow LED Ring
  • Experiment 12: Accelerometer
  • Experiment 13: Compass
  • Experiment 14: Ambient Light

How do we program the BBC micro:bit : The micro:bit can be programmed using either the Block Editor, using Javascript editor or using the Python editor. Let’s look at each of the programming platforms very briefly –

  1. The Block Editor is a visual editor and provides an introduction to structured programming via drag and drop coding blocks that snap together. You can also convert a Block Editor script into a Touch Develop script which helps with the transition to text-based programming. Read more at the micro:bit website.
  2. With its touch-based interface, Touch Develop has been designed for mobile devices with touchscreens. It can also be used with a pc, keyboard and mouse. Touch Develop introduces a statically-typed scripting language with syntax-directed editor. It can be used to produce web-based apps that can run online on any platform. Read more at the micro:bit website.
  3. MicroPython is a completely text-based editor, perfect for those who want to push their coding skills further. A selection of ‘snippets’ are on hand to help auto-complete trickier tasks and a range of pre-made images and music are built-in to give you a helping hand with your code.  Read more at the micro:bit website.

  

Development Tracks & Tutorials – Here’s a link to the starter kit documentation and tutorials – <Click Here>

If you are keen to start programming with the BBC micro:bit we have you covered. We offer a range of FREE development tracks and tutorials through our digital Learning Management System (LMS) at KidzCanCode.  Our FREE development tracks and tutorials let you get started with block based programming, python programming, game development of even the fundamentals of electronics using the BBC micro:bit. Here’s a list of the development tracks and tutorials on offer. Check out the KidzCanCode website to learn more.

  1. Exploring coding concepts using the BBC micro:bit – I
  2. Exploring coding concepts using the BBC micro:bit – II
  3. Exploring coding concepts using the BBC micro:bit – III
  4. Introduction to electronics using the BBC micro:bit – I
  5. Introduction to electronics using the BBC micro:bit – II
  6. Design interactive games using the BBC micro:bit
  7. Introduction to MicroPython using the BBC micro:bit
  8. Kitronik Inventors kits for the BBC micro:bit

Please use the contact us form to drop us a note with ideas for tutorials and development tracks. We are always looking for ideas and constructive input. Alternatively you can reach us at oztoylib@hack2.live.

 

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