Equipment cost and shipping is included in class price.
Let’s combine the power of the physical world with our digital world imaginations in this “hands-on” introduction to coding!
Using a micro:bit circuit board, kids learn to CREATE and code with technology. We introduce simple controller mechanics so kids can apply it coding games - making them feel more realistic and interactive.
Students don’t just play a game – they build it and control it in their hands!
Key Skills students will build in class:
1. Linking and using controller hardware in video games
2. Recreating common gaming concepts using single input controls
3. Introduction to variables, logic (if/then), and functions
*These are recommended age ranges. We can adjust based on your child’s needs and abilities.
Micro:bit and Arduino are engaging and fun when it comes to learning to code for kids. The microcontrollers are the ideal choice for kids who love exciting games, gadgets, and experiments. Let’s get a clear idea of Micro:bit and Arduino and which one is helpful for your kids.
The BBC developed Micro:bit in 2016. It is a pocket-sized computer that teaches kids how software and hardware work together. It is helpful for kids to learn to code through web and mobile apps. The tiny computer offers various input and output features, including LED displays, sensors, buttons that allow kids to enjoy unlimited games and activities while learning.
Micro:bit website has two web-based editors and mobile apps for Android and iOS that are useful for kids to program.
Another alternative to program Micro:bit is Python. Interestingly, Python’s syntax is easy and similar to simple English compared to other text-based languages. It is also one of the world’s most popular coding languages. This way, it becomes easy for kids, even 8 years old, to learn the language.
Kids can also write programs using a cheap mobile device and send them to their Micro:bit.
As discussed above, Micro:bit has many input and output sensors, including a speaker, accelerometer, LED lights, buttons, microphone, temperature sensor, compass, radio and Bluetooth transmitter, etc. This allows kids to enjoy games, activities, and create experiments. Click here to learn about potential Micro:bit projects including step tracker, jukebox, intruder alarm, and disco ball. Besides, the Micro:bit website offers tutorials and ideas that can provide hope and inspiration to new coders.
Arduino is an open-source platform founded in 2005 and consists of simple hardware and software and is easy to understand for kids. If kids are not familiar with programming and engineering, they can still learn about it with Arduino. In addition, a wide range of capabilities makes it an excellent choice for advanced users. It also allows users to adjust their own needs and interests.
Developers program the Arduino board using the Arduino programming language, which is the modification of the text-based language C++. It uses a text editor Arduino Software (Integrated Development Environment) to write the code. Kids can also use this software to write ‘sketches’ and upload them to their Arduino microcontrollers. Besides, thousands of Arduino libraries are available for users. These libraries offer packages of code that users can import into the program to enjoy extra functionalities.
Following are the two ways to program the Arduino board:
Arduino is one of the most suitable platforms for everyone, including teachers, designers, kids, programmers, artists, etc. It is easy to use by following simple step-by-step instructions. Another option is to learn from the members of the Arduino community.
It offers various boards and kits, from the Arduino Starter Kit for beginners to advanced functionality boards for robotics experiments and Internet of things devices, and industrial communications devices. More importantly, one of the most popular boards is the Arduino Uno. The hardware system for each board is different. It includes features like input/output pins, a power jack, gyroscope, magnetometer, USB connection, Bluetooth sensor, accelerometer, etc.
Micro:bit and Arduino are both simple and low-cost tools that help kids learn to code. Users do not need any knowledge of programming and electronics to use them. Both of the boards introduce many sensors and input and output controls for enjoying exciting activities. In addition, kids develop creative skills and problem-solving abilities using these tiny computers.