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  • General

    Using the micro:Bit with Scratch 3.0

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    Introduction : the BBC micro:bit

    The micro:bit is a small computer board with an ARM Cortex-M0 microprocessor plus sensors and LEDS. It is part of an initiative to get kids coding. 

    The board is 4 cm × 5 cm and has

    • an ARM Cortex-M0 processor,
    • accelerometer and magnetometer sensors,
    • Bluetooth 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.

    It can be coded through a variety of languages including micro:pi and javascript.

    This course will focus on Scratch 3.0. a block coding language.

    BBC Microbit.jpg
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        Getting started

        Scratch 3.0

        Download Scratch 3.0 form the Scratch website.

        Download and install link software. 

        Run your first 

        Link software download page.

        micro:bit resources

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          It seems the go to block editor is MakeCcode produced by microsoft.

          It's prefered method of delivery is via the app delivered by the website.

          However, it is available as an app for smart phones et al from the various app stores.

          Image result for makecode
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            Of course there is a way to code your micro:bit in Scratch.

            To program any microprocessor, you must first convert it to a language it understands. So like Google translate, there is a special program called a compiler that will change code in a computer editor into the commands specific to that chip.

            The compiler will also link in other standadr commands from a library that  make the chip run efficiently.

            Scratch and micro:bit

            Install instructions here

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                                      The home page :

                                      Image result for microbit
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                                          BBC micro : a bit of history

                                          The British Broadcasting Company has a history of educational involvement. It produced a series of lessons when computers were first being introduced to schools.

                                          The Computer Programme was a TV series, produced by Paul Kriwaczek, originally broadcast by the BBC (on BBC 2) in 1982. The idea behind the series was to introduce people to computers and show them what they were capable of.

                                          The Computer Programme logo.jpg
                                          The BBC wanted to use their own computer, so the BBC Micro was developed as part of the BBC Computer Literacy Project, and was featured in this series. The series was successful enough for two series to follow it, namely Making the Most of the Micro in 1983 and Micro Live from 1984 until 1987. BBC Micro Front Restored.jpg

                                          The Micro Bit was designed to encourage children to get actively involved in writing software for computers and building new things, rather than being consumers of media. It has been designed to work alongside other systems, such as the Raspberry Pi, building on BBC's legacy with the BBC Micro for computing in education.

                                          The BBC planned to give away the computer free to every year 7 (11- and 12-year old) child in Britain starting from October 2015 (around 1 million devices).

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