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micro:bit broadcast Issue #11

Hi everyone!

After a short break we come back with a ton of new articles, projects, and much much more! In addition, the next couple of months also seem full of micro:bit national & international events, not to be missed!

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New Product: micro:bit Dock Module
This dock adds push buttons, buzzer, servo control, analog input voltage from a potentiometer, IR transceiver, I2C LCD interface, SD card interface and includes a prototyping area.

New Product: Maker's Kit for the BBC micro:bit
The Plug and Go expansion kit for the BBC micro:bit. Features a piezo sounder, bi-colour LED, potentiometer, and breadboard header pins.

Announcing the Micro:bit Mother's Day Challenge!
How could the micro:bit help Mothers and Carers around the world have a better, easier day?

Keep Wolfblood secrets safe with the BBC micro:bit
The BBC micro:bit has teamed up with CBBC drama Wolfblood. Discover how you can use your micro:bit to protect WolfBlood secrets.

EPCI has established a micro:la Foundation to support free BBC micro:bid for kids in the Czech Republic
European Passive Components Institute raised an initiative to support young kids with technical education by distribution of free BBC micro:bits to schools in the Czech Republic.


Add a potentiometer to your microbit
Learning how to use a potentiometer with the micro:bit and connecting a fader from an old BBC radio studio mixing desk.

Powering a Micro:bit from a 3.7V LiPo Battery
This article will show you how to regulate and power a micro:bit from a 3.7V LiPo.

The First Video Game on the BBC Micro:bit [probably]
Great article describing how the author created a game for the micro:bit, the changes it needed to perform to MicroPython and a general profile of its resources.

Micro:bit Data Logging
Article and video showing how the micro:bit can be used for data logging with MicroPython.

BBC micro:bit is a great way to get kids started with code
The BBC micro:bit is a tiny little motherboard designed in partnership with Microsoft, and it is a wonderful way to get kids into coding.

Retro LED Displays
Using Texas Instruments TIL311 small retro displays with the micro:bit and MicroPython.

micro:bit: working with NeoPixel LEDs
Shows how to use NeoPixels with the micro:bit and the PXT editor.


Measuring Presence of a Car
The presence of a car can be measured by changes in the magnetic field. This project uses the magnetometer to build a tiny parking sensor.

The FaderPhone microbit musical instrument
Building an electronic musical instrument with a BBC microbit and an old BBC radio studio fader.

Micro:bit Speed Gate
Learn to build your own micro:bit speed gate to measure how fast something travels.

Microbit Morse Transceiver
A pair of Morse Code Transceivers using Micropython on the BBC micro:bit.

micro:bit Lap Counter For Scalextric Like Track
Great blog post with detailed instructions on how to build a lap counter with micro:bit and PXT.

Bitflyer for Micropython for the BBC micro:bit
Source code and build tools for bitflyer, a simple game for the micro:bit. It relies on an I2C 0.96" oled display and the game python code is embedded in a custom micropython build.

Mbit Keynote Plus
Control your Keynote presentation with the buttons of your micro:bit and predefined gestures

An interactive glove able to control your phone at the press of a button.

Are you in tune?
There are many ways/apps/tools to tune an ukulele. Now there is one more.


PXT for the microbit: Updated to version 0.9.37.


Simulink Lessons and Examples for BBC Micro:bit
These are the teaching materials and 9 examples developed in the "Building Systems with Simulink & Micro:bit" series part I: "The micro:bit Elements".

MicroPython Library for the SSD1306 OLED
This library allows the micro:bit to control the low cost 0,96" OLED display via I2C.

micro:bit core added to Apache Mynewt
Apache Mynewt is an open-source operating system for tiny embedded devices. It's goal is to make it easy to develop applications for microcontroller environments, where power and cost are driving factors.

micro:bit stand
A 3D printed stand for the micro:bit.

MATLAB Speaks Hardware: Get creative with micro:bit
Video recording of a live session, showing how to teach hardware to middle-schoolers.

BBC micro:bit meets the Robot Wars challengers
Team micro:bit head to the Robot Wars arena to talk to the Roboteers about engineering.

Micro:bit day at Bytes
An overview of the BBC micro:bit presence at Bytes Festivals in the First Generation Gallery at the National Museum of Computing.

Print your own micro:bit pet! With adjustable and removable arms and legs, this design allows you to customize your pet with easy snap-in attachments

Upcoming Events

Do you have an event you'd like to see here? You can tweet me or email us.

March 10th, Disabled Access Day - micro:bit demonstration - Leeds, UK
March 12th, Essex Fablab and Makerspace with 3D printing... - Pitsea, UK
March 16th, How the BBC micro:bit delivers the Computing... - Birmingham, UK
March 18th, zbit:connect in the Pop Up Science Day at... - Southampton , UK
March 20th, Kodeklubb i Verkstedet: Nybegynnerkurs i... - Bergen, Norway
March 28th, Doctor Who and the micro:bit - Live Lesson - Online
April 4th, The Micro:bit Story: The Highs and Lows of... - Lancaster, UK
April 4th, Introduction to the BBC Micro Bit for Primary Schools - Dronfield, UK
April 7th, Minecraft & BBC Micro:bit Easter Workshops - Bletchley, UK
April 25th, Python Sheffield: micro:bit and hardware project... - Sheffield, UK

Newsletter curated by @carlosperate. You can tweet me links or email them.
micro:bit image courtesy of the Micro:bit Foundation (original source)