Session 3d

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Ok, it is time for the first experiment of today. We have brought to you a fantastic new device, which is used in many primary and secondary schools, to teach coding. Here it is, just for you, today! We are going to learn how to make it speak to us, and then how to transform it into a musical instrument!!

First of all, let’s see if we can say ‘Hello!’, and perhaps add your name? Here are the steps:

1 – Launch the Microsoft Block Editor

2 – Can you put these two objects together? It’s very similar to scratch

3 – Click on ‘Compile’ – this will download a .hex file to the computer, we should copy it onto the Microbit

4 – Find the new file, drag and drop it on the Microbit

5 – Wait for the Microbit to reboot

6 – Give it a shake (mind you, the cable is quite short ;)!) Did it say something?


It’s fun, isn’t it? Here are two more challenges:

A – Change the ‘Hello!’ into something else (remember to compile, upload, let it reboot and shake).

B – This one is a little more challenging. There are 2 buttons on the Microbit, A, B and A+B. Could you build a code so that the Microbit sends different messages when:

  1. Shaken
  2. Button A is pressed
  3. Button B is pressed
  4. Buttons A+B are pressed together

Here is a hint: You can find the Input in ‘Input’ and the Show String in ‘Basic’

Once you are finished, could you please save the code as The String Speaker. Thanks!

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