The micro:bit is a great addition to any STEM curriculum. Since the computer chip is so diverse, it can be used in many different ways to teach a coding or computer science class, or to run an after-school STEM club. Game design can often be a fun topic for students that works well with the micro:bit. Students can create games with the micro:bit alone, or pair it with Scratch or an Arduino kit to make their projects more complex. The micro:bit can also be used across the curriculum in science and math. The website provides lessons on how to demonstrate the difference between acceleration and velocity, measure changes in reaction speed, and demonstrate the particles of matter, among other topics.
Although it can be a bit tricky, the website provides video tutorials on how to connect the micro:bit to the iOS and Android apps via Bluetooth.
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The coding platform allows students to view what their project will look like on the micro:bit as they're programming. When they're finished, students download their program to the micro:bit drive on their computer. In addition to the website, there are iOS and Android apps. The apps and website use the same coding platforms; however, connecting to the app requires more steps, and the overall downloading process to the micro:bit is different.
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