Learn the Lingo

April 29, 2019 2 min read

Check back here whenever you get stuck on the meaning of a word!

I'll be adding more words to this as I go, so keep coming back to see what's new!

When you're using the micro:bit to code, there can be a lot of words and terms that you might not have heard before. This blog is here to help you! If you have any more words that you don't quite get and would like to see on here, just leave me a comment below!

DOWNLOAD
When you download something, it moves from being somewhere online to being loaded onto your laptop or computer.

UPLOAD
This is pretty much the opposite of downloading, so the data goes from being on your computer to being somewhere else, like the internet or your micro:bit!

PROGRAM SPACE
This is the area on MakeCodewhere you build and edit your code. You can switch between blocks and JavaScript. 

CODE BLOCKS
These are all the options for types of code that you can add to your program space. They arecolour-coded based on what type of code block they are. For example, ‘Basic’ code blocks are blue, and ‘Input’ code blocks are pink.

EXTENSIONS
When you are creating code for differentmicro:bit attachments (like theLAMP:bit), you will need to download extensions for it. You can find them by clicking the settings icon and selecting ‘extensions’, then search for the one you need. They will then appear with the rest of the code blocks. 

PHOTOTRANSISTOR
TheLAMP:bit attachment has a phototransistor on the very top. It can detect when it is light or dark.

DEGREES / ANGLES 
A degree is a way of measuring angles. A full circle has 360 degrees, and a flat line has 180 degrees. Servo motors which are used in a few of my blogs, like the ACCESS:bit, can be coded to move to specific degrees. You can find out more about degrees and angles here!

SERVO MOTOR
This is special type of motor that you can control the angle of. It doesn’t turn continuously like a normal motor. Servo motors are most commonly used in radio control (RC) toys. 

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