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micro:bit broadcast Issue #14

Hi everyone,

This week issue comes with a ton of interesting projects to check out. Also, I hope you didn't miss the Doctor Who micro:bit Live Lesson this week! Don't forget you can always rewatch it online.

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The micro:bit is now on pre-sale in the US from SparkFun
The micro:bit, an easy-to-use, beginner-friendly, reprogrammable microcontroller, is now available for pre-sale in on SparkFun Electronics.

newbit - A micro:bit compatible development board
A new compatible development board from China, based on the microb:bit reference design, is now on sale.


Getting Started With the micro:bit
A great first-steps introduction to the micro:bit by SparkFun.


Milk Jar Robot
Make a funny Milk Jar robot.

Drone Payload Dropper Concept Using the ARM Based micro:bit
Concept prototype of a 3D printed payload dropper from a DJI Phantom 4 drone using the micro:bit.

Arckit meets micro:bit : More ArckitTechture
In this project we combined the BBC micro:bit beginner development board with an Arckit construction set, a freeform architectural modelling kit, and got some cool results.

Micro:bit brains with Power Functions Brawn
Controlling Power Functions, a LEGO TECHNIC set of electronic components, with the micro:bit.

Controlling micro:bit Crane from a Raspberry Pi
Based on a previous micro:bit crane projects, it has now been altered so that the controller micro:bit can receive instructions from a Raspberry Pi (using a serial connection) and transmit them (using the micro:bit radio) to the micro:bit crane driver.

micro:bit Infrared Timing Gate
Building a timing gate to calculate how fast Bloodhound SSC project race cars are travelling.

Project Big Button
Exchanging data between a number of Bluetooth Low Energy devices/sensors from a Linux hub is something that could be useful for a number of use cases.

Software, libraries and Tools

microbit KY038 MicroPython library
MicroPython library to calibrate and use a sound sensor KY038, including clap counter functionality.

Gobot v1.3 now supports the micro:bit
Gobot is a framework in the Go programming language for programming devices in the real world, and it can now control the micro:bit via Bluetooth LE.


Glasgow Micro:Bit Morse Fun & Showcase Request for Event Volunteers
CQ is organising micro:bit activities in Glasgow and is looking for volunteers. If you’d like to help guide a young constructor for an hour, or know a young person who would like to join in the fun, please register your interest by April 14th.

Upcoming Events

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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 5th, Ready Steady Code: The micro:bit - Preston, UK
April 25th, Python Sheffield: micro:bit and hardware project... - Sheffield, UK
May 7th, Glasgow Micro:Bit Morse Fun & Showcase Event - Glasgow, UK
May 30th, Codingbug Workshop: Get Creative With micro:bit - Clevedon, UK

Newsletter curated by @carlosperate. You can tweet me links or email them.
newbit image courtesy of Shaoziyang (original source)