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micro:bit broadcast Issue #13

Hi everyone!

This week we have interesting news of international micro:bit availability, new teaching resources, articles, projects, libraries and more!

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News

Farnell element14 extends BBC Micro:bit availability in Europe
In response to an unprecedented demand following the gifting of one million BBC micro:bits to schools across the UK, Farnell element14 has broadened availability of the BBC micro:bit to resellers across Europe.

Acrylic case for micro:bit - choose your colour
New product from Proto-Pic, a colourful laser cut acrylic cases to protect your micro:bit while still allowing full access to the edge connector.
 

Articles

BBC micro:bit Touch pHAT CAP1166
Using this Raspberry Pi board with 6 capacitive touch sensors and 6 LEDs with the micro:bit.

Driving DotStar APA102 LED strings with the BBC micro:bit
Driving APA102 and APA102C LEDs with MicroPython via SPI.

What is boolean logic? KS3 discovery lesson resources using BBC micro:bit
Teaching resource for pupils in key stage 3 (aged 11-14) to understand simple Boolean logic and some of its uses in circuits and programming.
 

Projects

Big Button Project Prototype
Demo connecting micro:bits to a Linux single board computer using Bluetooth Low Energy.
 

Software, libraries and Tools

microbit HCSR04
MicroPython library for the HC-SR04 ultrasonic sensor.

microbit US-100
Basic MicroPython library to read the distance from an ultrasonic sensor US-100 in serial mode.

Update: Bitty Data Logger v2.1.1
With improved information for support purposes if missing Bluetooth services reported
 

Others

Hack The Burgh 2017
List of submission for the Hack The Burgh 2017 Hackathon, which includes some micro:bit entries.

Bill Thompson on BBC Make IT Digital at TNMOC
Great talk from Bill Thompson about the BBC Make IT Digital initiative, including the micro:bit, in a talk at The National Museum of Computing.

BBC micro:bit and Kodu Interact
New teaching resources for the micro:bit with Kodu Interact, a visual programming language made specifically for creating games.
 

Upcoming Events

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March 21th, BBC micro:bit for complete beginners - Cambridge, UK
March 23rd, Bells and Whistles on the Microbit! Camden CAS... - London, UK
March 28th, Doctor Who and the micro:bit - Live Lesson - Online
March 29th, MicroPython and micro:bit in 60 minutes - London, UK
April 4th, The Micro:bit Story: The Highs and Lows of... - Lancaster, UK
April 4th, Introduction to the BBC Micro Bit for Primary Schools - Dronfield, UK
April 7th, Minecraft & BBC Micro:bit Easter Workshops - Bletchley, UK
April 25th, Python Sheffield: micro:bit and hardware project... - Sheffield, UK
 

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