Lesson 5 – Full Steam Ahead

Study Videos


Tutorial

  1. We would recommend that you spend sometime listening to the videos listed on this page.
  2. Work through the steps in the tutorial. Download the code to your robot and test out the code.
  3. Proceed to the next tutorial once you’ve worked through this tutorial and completed all the relevant steps.

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. BBC micro:bit Kit + Robit STEM Education Robot –
    1. You can purchase the Ringit Smart Car robot through the OzToyLib store – Ringbit STEM Education Robot
    2. Please note that the BBC micro:bit needs to be purchased separately from the Ringbit STEM Education Robot
    3. You can purchase the Ringbit STEM Education Robot at OzToyLib.
  3. You can also look up each of these products at your local electronics hobby store.

About the Ringbit STEM Education Robot

The Ring:bit STEM education robot is a DIY (Do It Yourself) robot based on the highly popular BBC micro:bit. The Ring:Bit micro:bit STEM education robot is designed to get kids introduced to the world of coding, electronics and robotics. The Ring:bit micro:bit STEM education robot is recommended for kids 8+ years and older. The Ring:Bit micro:bit STEM education robot is designed from ground up to be an easy to easy to work with, easy to assemble robot and simply built with the aim of giving educators, parents and kids a great opportunity to get a taste of robotics, electronics and coding.


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.

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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