Lorraine Underwood - Using the BBC micro:bit in real life applications


The BBC micro:bit is a tiny computer designed for all kinds of cool creations from robots to musical instruments – the possibilities are endless! It can be coded from any web browser in Blocks, Javascript, Python, Scratch and more - no tricky coding required. The second CodeMill meetup had digital maker and Computing At School teacher Lorraine Underwood explaining what micro:bit actually is and how to use it in real life applications. She talked about her recent work and even brought some projects to demonstrate live.

We explored the possibilities and learned how easy it is to use by a person with no previous coding or engineering experience and how to make it fun to get children involved as well!Some projects mentioned by Lorraine were: cycling indicator jacket, micro:bit cross stitch, a Power Rangers sword, storm cloud, and temperature controlled stair lights.  You can find details of all these projects on Lorraine's blog here: https://lorrainbow.wordpress.com/projects/The highlight for me was a cycling safety direction indicator using LED strips controlled by a micro:bit - fun and useful!You can listen to the talk and see the slides here:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p-pAe7OZ_QMhttps://www.slideshare.net/codemill/using-bbc-microbit-in-reallife-applications-lorraine-underwood-codemill-oct-2017/6

Using micro:bit with MS MakeCode


Here is the link to the very cool JavaScript Blocks Editor that Lorraine mentioned in her talk: https://makecode.microbit.org/. The block-based editor makes it very simple to get started with coding the micro:bit.There is very little learning curve involved. I tried out the examples from Lorraine and made first micro:bit application in just 5 minutes! Here is my first try with the micro:bit - some scrolling text:https://youtu.be/Rhh9Frps8u4Try this for yourself here: https://makecode.microbit.org/_e1cfbDc0h620