Lesson 3 – Consolidated Tutorials

Tutorial –

  1. This page links to all of the tutorials for the Programmable Arm:Bit Robotics Kit.
  2. Clicking on the link opens up a new window.
  3. Let’s get coding!!!! Check out the tutorials below –
    1. Play music
    2. Control RGB color
    3. RGB breathing light
    4. Control 270 Degree Servo block
    5. Control 180 Degree Servo block
    6. Control motor
    7. Control stepper motor
    8. Control robot through your Andriod phone
    9. Control robot using a separate micro:bit as a remote controller
  4. Access the downloads (Andriod phone application, etc.) for the tutorials including each of the above tutorials at vendor website – Programmable Arm:Bit Robotics Kit
  5. You will need a Programmable Arm:Bit Robotics Kit. You can pick one up from OzToyLib including a BBC micro:bit.

Let’s get making!!!!


Hardware Prerequisites –

  1. BBC micro:bit –
    1. This development track makes extensive use of the BBC micro:bit.
    2. If you haven’t purchased a BBC micro:bit yet you might want to head over to OzToyLib and pick one up now.
    3. We would recommend that you pick up the BBC micro:bit kit which comes with a battery pack, usb cable and the real micro:bit.
    4. We will be using the official online python editor to write code for all our tutorials. No investment required here.
  2. Robot Kit –
    1. You will need a Programmable Arm:Bit Robotics Kit. You can pick one up from OzToyLib.
    2. Please note that the BBC micro:bit needs to be purchased separately from the Programmable Arm:Bit Robotics Kit.
    3. You can purchase the Programmable Arm:Bit Robotics Kit at OzToyLib.
  3. You can also look up each of these products at your local electronics hobby store.

About the Programmable Arm:Bit for the BBC micro:bit –

The Programmable Arm:Bit for the BBC micro:bit offers educators, parents and kids a great opportunity to build on their existing coding skills and take the knowledge of coding, robotics and electronics to a higher level. If you are just starting with coding and robotics then you might want to program the robot using the BBC micro:bit Makecode Block based programming language. If you are an experienced developer and have some prior experience working with electronics, robotics then you can program the robot sing Javascript or even using MicroPython. The Programmable Arm:Bit for the BBC micro:bit is recommended for kids 10+ years and older. The Programmable Arm:Bit for the BBC micro:bit comes with instructions to build the robot. You can use the Programmable Arm:Bit for the BBC micro:bit to introduce your child to the world of STEM and get them going with coding introducing them to the world of robotics using the micro:bit. The Programmable Arm:Bit for the BBC micro:bit is a great way to get started with the basics of coding and robotics using a flexible, affordable and easy to work with robotic platform.


About BBC micro:bit –

The Micro Bit (also referred to as BBC Micro Bit, stylised as micro:bit) is an ARM-based embedded system designed by the BBC for use in computer education in the UK. The board is 4 cm × 5 cm and has an ARM Cortex-M0 processor, accelerometer and magnetometer sensors, Bluetooth and USB connectivity, a display consisting of 25 LEDs, two programmable buttons, and can be powered by either USB or an external battery pack. The device inputs and outputs are through five ring connectors that are part of the 23-pin edge connector at the bottom of the board. The micro:bit can be programmed using the Microsoft Block code program editor which is similar to the block based language Scratch ideal for 7-12 year olds. The micro:bit can also be programmed using the Makecode editor in Javascript and Python which allows for older kids to learn the Javascript and Python programming language using the micro:bit.

This development track makes extensive use of the BBC micro:bit. If you haven’t purchased a BBC micro:bit yet you might want to head over to OzToyLib and pick one up now.

You can read more about the BBC micro:bit at the microbit website. Also see Kitronik’s resources here – Parents Complete Guide To The BBC micro:bit.

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