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What is EDU:BIT?
EDU:BIT is a simple electronics kit for the micro:bit from Cytron Technologies designed to be easy to use for kids to get started with electronics.
Whats in the Box:
- EDU:BIT Board
- Step by Step Guide Book
- Game Maps and Accessories
- 1 x USB Power aadn Data Cable
- 7 x Grove Cables
- 1 x Servo Motor
- 1 x DC Motor
- 1 x Fan Blade
The kit comes with 10+ hands-on tutorials which are presented in a brightly coloured booklet.
The Design of The EDU:BIT Board
The board contains an on/off switch to easily turn the EDU:BIT board on and off a DC jack to power the board the micro:bit header. It contains a space with 9 pins to connect up to 3 servo motors next to that is 2 screw terminals where you can connect up to 2 DC motors.
Along the bottom edge of the board, you will find 7 "bits" which are programmable modules. These can stay attached to the PCB like how they are out of the box or you can break them off and attach them to the EDU:BIT board with the included grove cables. The grove cables are great for beginners as they can only be connected way making it very easy to get started with electronics.
The 7 bits that are included with the EDU:BIT kit are:
- Music Bit - Contains a piezo buzzer and audio jack (used for headphones or external speaker) this will allow you to play music
- Sound Bit - Detects Noise
- Potentio Bit - for analog control
- IR Bit - Detects objects
- RGB Bit - Colourful light display
- Trafic Light Bit - Contains a green, a yellow and a red LED
- Button Bit - Contains two push-buttons
The guide book that comes in the EDU:BIT kit is written for use with the MakeCode editor, but there are also extensions for MicroPython and Edublocks meaning that you can use the MicroPython and Edublocks editors to program the EDU:BIT kit as well.
Using the EDU:BIT Kit
To use the EDU:BIT kit connect the USB power and data cable to the EDU:BIT board and the micro:bit, plugging the other end into a computer toggle the switch to on and the board will come to life. You are now ready to open the guide book and start coding.
The guide book will take you through getting started with the micro:bit and the MakeCode editor then move onto more complex projects using the bits and accessories that come in the box.
Let's take a look at one of the projects in more detail.
This is the Win Lose or Draw project using the Traffic Light and Music Bits.
Through the project, we created a simple timer which could be used within games. When the micro:bit is shaken the timer begins and the green LED turns on once the timer gets halfway through the yellow LED turns on when the timer runs out the red LED turns on and the music bit plays music then the red LED starts blinking.
Here is a video of it in action:
This is a great kit for beginners who want to get started with the micro:bit and electronics. It is easy to use and the guide book will get you up to speed in no time creating some great projects as well as giving you a take on some family-friendly games like Twister and snakes and ladders. This kit will provide you with hours of fun no matter what age you are.
The only downside to this kit is the screw terminals and jumper pins for the motors to connect to. These may be a bit fiddly for younger kids to do on their own so may need some supervision.
You can currently pick up an EDU:BIT on Kickstarter.