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Accessorizing the micro:bit

Who doesn't love their micro:bit. It's that trusty educational gadget in your toolbox that has made coding easy, accessible and fun! The creative ways you are getting your "code on" are so inspiring. (If you're still looking for ways to maximize your micro:bit, check out these 10 beginner projects). However, if you have come to the point with your micro:bit where you need to kick it up a notch, we get it. Like many things in life, an accessory or two can open up a whole new world of functionality. We've added four new micro:bit accessories to our shop for you to discover exciting new ways to utilize your micro:bit.

First up, the Electronics Starter Kit. With this kit, you have everything you need to start learning about connecting electronics to your micro:bit in an accessible and easy manner. Everything is connected using the supplied alligator clips, so no soldering required. This kit is suitable for children as young as 10 with some adult help. It includes a speaker, relay, sensor board, set of alligator clips, small motor with a fan, single AA battery box, lightbulb and a 30-page instruction book to get you on your way. The instructional guide will lead you through a number of building projects including a movement alarm, shout-o-meter and a Theramin-like ‘Magic’ Musical Instrument. For an in-depth look at the Electronic Starter kit, check out this video:

Also new to the scene in our shop is the Enviro:bit for the micro:bit. This accessory allows you to sense the world around you. It's loaded with sensors for air and weather, colour and light, and sound, and slots right onto your micro:bit. Just slot in your micro:bit, then code enviro:bit with the block-based Microsoft MakeCode editor, or with MicroPython in the Mu code editor. The sensors go hand-in-hand really well with the LED matrix on micro:bit, letting you graph sensors readings or have the LEDs react to sound, for example. The enviro:bit comes fully assembled and ready to use so there is no soldering required! Here is an example of using the Enviro:bit with your micro:bit to measure light and colour.

Another option is using the enviro:bit to sense clapping, sending the data over radio to another micor:bit and turning a light on and off:

The STOP:bit traffic light for micro:bit is the ultimate upgrade for traffic light/pedestrian crossing projects. Fun tip: if your scope is larger than a single traffic light, you can use the micro:bits radio module to communicate with other lights if they also have a micro:bit attached. This is great for exploring traffic management in a town or city.

The RGB LED provides a colourful add-on to your micro:bit. Connect it up with alligator clips and then use the three outputs of your micro:bit to control the red, green and blue channels to mix up any color of light you want.

Lastly, the newest member to our shop, K8! K8, a modular robotics kit, is perfect for learning computational thinking. From block based-coding to Javascript, the k8 micro:bit robot is your best friend for discovering the wonderful world of robotics.

You can find these and other tools in our shop. Stop by and get inspired!

Until next time, code on!

Fair Chance Learning is a proud partner of the Micro:bit Foundation.

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