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micro:bit broadcast Issue #21

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This week we have some interesting new products from Kitronik, interesting software updates (including an ScratchX extension), articles, projects and more!

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New Product: MOVE mini buggy kit
The Kitronik :MOVE mini buggy kit for the BBC micro:bit is a fun introduction to the world of robotics. Once built it can be coded for a variety of activities.
New Product: Servo:Lite board for :MOVE mini
This Servo:Lite board for the BBC micro:bit can form the control hub for your robotics project, control up top three servos & it has 5 x RGB ZIP LEDs on board.
New Product: ZIP Stick
Add programmable lights to your project with our ZIP sticks. 5 x addressable RGB LEDs based on the WS2812B part which is compatible with Adafruit NeoPixel code.
The micro:bit Educational Foundation is hiring
The micro:bit Educational Foundation is looking for a Head of Product and Sales.
Raising 750,000 € to bring micro:bits to Dutch schools
Stichting FutureNL is trying to raise 750,000 Euros to bring micro:bits to 1,000 schools in the Netherlands.


Micro:Bit’s CEO Discusses Their Children’s Education Initiative
Last year, the BBC completed an incredible project that deployed a small, embedded computer to nearly a million school children in the United Kingdom. The goal was to provide the experience of digital creativity and coding to every child, thus increasing interest in STEM careers and confidence with technology.
Make Your BBC micro:bit Talk Using MicroPython
Today, I am going to show how to make your micro:bit talk using a very easy programming language that is MicroPython.
Using Kitronik ZIP LEDs With The BBC microbit
In this practical guide to Kitronik ZIP LEDs, we are going to explore what ZIP LEDs are, how they work and how to write code for the Kitronik ZIP Stick, using the PXT Block editor.
Controlling :MOVE mini With The microbit Radio
The downside of using a Bluetooth App to control :MOVE mini is that you can’t have both Bluetooth and NeoPixel blocks in the same project, but, the good news is there is an alternative remote control method where using LED code is also possible. Learn to use a second micro:bit as a controller via the micro:bit’s radio functionality.
BBC micro:bit SNES Controller
The original SNES controller used 2 x 4021 PISO input shift registers connected to 12 buttons. The NES controller was based on one of these shift registers. Since I'd already got one of these to work on the micro:bit, I figured it would be easy enough to connect the controller to the micro:bit and read the button presses.
How To Make A Micro:bit Heart Rate Monitor
If you have been playing with micro:bit and the JavaScript Block editor (PXT) before, you might be familiar with the flashing heart example. The following tutorial will show you how to set the micro:bit beating together with your heart using an optical heart rate sensor.
micro:bit Tutorials from Core Electronics
Articles an Tutorials from Core Electronics, an Australian electronics products distributor.
List includes a getting started video, and a micro:bit in the classroom article.


Turn your micro:bit into fireflies.
Lumos! Neopixels meet micro:bit meets magic.
Some geeky wand enhancement for all those Harry Potter lovers out there. Illuminate your wand.
Build a micro:bit controlled Zumo buggy
The Zumo Chassis is a great starting point for buggy project. In this tutorial we will show you how it can be used in conjunction with our Motor Driver board for the BBC micro:bit and our Klaw kit to create this fun buggy with gripper action!
Infection is a distributed game which simulates the propagation of an illness. The goal is to stop the outbreak before every player dies!
Voting Machine
Build a voting machine using many micro:bits!

Software, libraries and Tools

Update: micro:bit JavaScript Blocks Editor v0.12.23 and v0.12.35
The v0.12.23 release introduces Arrays in blocks, Slow-Mo in the simulator, better Sidedocs, as well as various bug fixes and improvements.
The v0.12.35 release introduces the change in domain name from to to finalize the migration to the Microsoft MakeCode brand.
micro:bit logger
The micro:bit logger Android app enables user to log data exported by some of the Bluetooth LE services, and captured data can be exported to a selection of formats.
Update: DroidScript - MicroBit Plugin
The micro:bit plugin for DroidScript can now be installed directly from the App Store. DroidScript enables you to write mobile application using JavaScript, and this plugin offers micro:bit connectivity.
ScratchX micro:bit extension
The ScratchX micro:bit extension lets you control your micro:bit wirelessly using Scratch programming blocks. You can use the tilt sensor or push buttons to design a whole new way of interacting with your Scratch projects. Use the LED matrix to display information or create light animations.


A Micro:bit Intro Webinar
An exclusive webinar with Fair Chance Learning, and The Micro:bit Foundation as they introduce the micro:bit to Canadian educators and discuss it's potential in the classroom.

Upcoming Events

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June 22nd, Micro:bit taster for Adults - Oxford, UK
June 22nd, Inquisitive Artists: Micro:bits Workshop - Blackpool, UK
June 26th, Micro:Bit Handout Session - TCH - Titchfield, UK
June 27th, Learn to Code: Bit by Micro:bit! - Carlisle, UK
July 3rd, Micro:bit Programming with Open Cast Software - Newcastle, UK
July 28th, Coding the Future with the BBC micro:bit - London, UK

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