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By introducing the Micro:Bit into digital technology lessons at Primary School levels, students can begin to understand practical uses of the device. Students can make links between projects they create using the Micro:Bit and things they see in the real world.
Our blog Esme’s Electronics is written with help from a year 5 student. Esme works on a variety of projects using the Micro:Bit and shares her processes, tips, and any tricky situations she might have come across.
A great way to introduce this concept is to have students code the Micro:Bit to create images or words that scroll across the device’s built-in LED’s. To take it even further, the LAMP:bit and STOP:bit extensions are perfect for showing direct relationships between Micro:Bit projects and every-day activities.
The LAMP:bit is designed to simulate a streetlamp both in appearance and function. A built-in phototransistor allows the LAMP:bit to react to different levels of light exposure, turning off when it is light and on when it is dark. Students can see a direct relationship between the LAMP:bit and a real streetlight, furthering their understanding of how a small aspect of the world works.
At an intermediate level, you can start to introduce Robotics and more complex electronics into Digital Technology lessons.
The Micro:Bit can be used at more advanced levels as your learning progresses. High school and even University level students can create projects using the Micro:Bit paired with these popular products:
The Smart Home Kit by Elecfreaks is a home project-based kit which is designed to simulate a Smart Home scenario. Included in the kit are components commonly used in homes such as a temperature sensor, sound sensor, crash sensor, servo and motor. Create details like windowsills, wardrobes and fish tanks, building your Smart Home and programming your Micro:Bit to control it.
The Smart Science IoT Kit from Elecfreaks is designed to work with a variety of sensors and connect to WiFi. You can collect data from the sensors and export it to the cloud for analysis, making thje Smart Science kit perfect for projects and lessons.