Coding and Making with the BBC's Open Development Board
Author: Wolfram Donat
Pubpsher: Maker Media, Inc.
The micro:bit, a tiny computer being distributed by the BBC to students all over the UK, is now available for anyone to purchase and play with. Its small size and low power requirements make it an ideal project platform for hobbyists and makers. You don't have to be limited by the web-based programming solutions, however: the hardware on the board is deceptively powerful, and this book will teach you how to really harness the power of the micro:bit. You'll learn about sensors, Bluetooth communications, and embedded operating systems, and along the way you'll develop an understanding of the next big thing in computers: the Internet of Things.
The BBC micro:bit Quickstart Guide for Teachers is designed to support educators in effective use of the BBC micro:bit devices distributed to all Year 7 students in the United Kingdom as part of the BBC's Make It Digital initiative. Supported by Microsoft and published by Hodder Education, this indispensable guide features: An introduction to the Make It Digital initiative An outline of what the BBC micro:bit is and what it's designed to do Advice on how teachers and students can get the most out of the BBC micro:bit device, including how the hardware and the supporting services work (including the BBC micro:bit website, code editors and code compiler) Guidance on how to get started with creating programs for the BBC micro:bit using the Microsoft Touch Develop Editor, and how to compile them and upload them to your device Coding lessons of varying difficulty with step-by-step walkthroughs and solutions for each activity Curriculum references, providing educators with opportunities to introduce key computational thinking concepts and map outcomes back to aspects of the English computing program of study
Learn essential concepts and techniques to build simple-to-advanced projects and overcome common programming challenges in micro:bit development. Beginning BBC micro:bit will take you through the complete features and capabilities of the micro:bit controller, enabling you to program and build your own projects. The uses are endless for the micro:bit and this books will help get you started on building your next project with this popular and easy-to-use microcontroller. You'll use online Python Editor and Mu Editor to build your own applications. Reviewed by the micro:bit developer team, this comprehensive guide also provides clean code examples to help you learn the key concepts behind the micro:bit API. What You’ll Learn Work with the various kits and accessories Master the micro:bit development platform with easy to follow examples and clean code Build your own micro:bit applications using an online Python editor and Mu editor Use the on-board LED matrix, built-in buttons, I/O pins, accelerometer, and compass Learn how to connect and communicate with devices through I2C, SPI, and UART Build applications with music and speech libraries Use Local Persistent File System to store and manipulate files Build applications based on wired and radio networks Use micro:bit and micro:bit Blue apps Who This Book Is For Beginners, those already experienced with electronics, and hobbyists at all levels looking to get started with a new microcontroller.
30 Clever Coding and Electronics Projects for Kids
Author: Simon Monk
Pubpsher: No Starch Press
Category: Technology & Engineering
Build your own secret laboratory with 30 coding and electronic projects! The BBC micro:bit is a tiny, cheap, yet surprisingly powerful computer that you can use to build cool things and experiment with code. The 30 simple projects and experiments in this book will show you how to use the micro:bit to build a secret science lab complete with robots, door alarms, lie detectors, and more--as you learn basic coding and electronics skills. Here are just some of the projects you'll build: * A "light guitar" you can play just by moving your fingers * A working lie detector * A self-watering plant care system * A two-wheeled robot * A talking robotic head with moving eyes * A door alarm made with magnets Learn to code like a Mad Scientist!
Learn to Program on the World's Most Popular Tiny Computer
Author: Wolfram Donat
Learn how to program your nifty new $35 computer to make a web spider, a weather station, a media server, and more. This book explores how to make a variety of fun and even useful projects, from a web bot to search and download files to a toy to drive your pets insane. Even if you're completely new to programming in general, you'll see how easy it is to create a home security system, an underwater photography system, an RC plane with a camera, and even a near-space weather balloon with a camera. You'll learn how to use Pi with Arduino as well as Pi with Gertboard, an expansion board with an onboard ATmega microcontroller. Learn Raspberry Pi Programming with Python has been fully updated in this new edition to cover the features of the new boards. You'll learn how to program in Python on your Raspberry Pi with hands-on examples and fun projects. What You'll Learn Set up your new Raspberry Pi Build unique projects across a range of interests Program basic functions and processes using Python Who This Book Is For Readers who want to learn Python on a fun platform like the Pi and pick up some electronics skills along the way. No programming or Linux skill required, but a little experience with Linux will be helpful. Readers familiar with the 1st edition will enjoy the updated information in this new edition.