Tech Team Micro:bits

What is the name of the device you have chosen?

The name of our chosen device is “Mini Servo Analog Motor”.

What is it used for? Can it be used for other things in a classroom setting?

This device, when activated spins to the beat of hot cross buns (it also plays this melody). When integrated into other objects (such as a stuffed animal), this device may assist the objects to rotate (such as the animal’s limbs or neck). In a classroom setting, I’m not certain of how it might be used. If it were in an instance that students required a mobility and rotation component for a complex project, I’m sure this device could be integrated with ease (as it is also very easy to code).

What code did you use and what does it do? (Pictures or video’s please)

CLICK HERE to watch a video of the Mini Servo Analog Motor in action.

This code rotates the device in small increments while playing the melody of hot cross buns.

Can you think of any other meaningful ways micro:bits can be used in previous and/or current classes you have taken? Please think about this and explain how and where you think micro:bits can be used.

This past semester, I took part in the amazing science co-op program. With hopes that we would apply everything that we had learned thus far, Ms. Jackson implemented a thermos challenge. My team and I wanted to push the boundaries of this challenge and in doing so, we created a battery operated thermos. With hopes that we could implement a Micro:bit, we planned to create a thermometer to help us measure the temperature difference at the beginning of the challenge vs. the end of the challenge. The Micro:bit would have displayed the temperature while an attachement would have been placed in the actual water/thermos. Although we were unsuccessful in implementing this component (mostly due to time), I am proud that we were able to even brainstorm ideas for how we can be using the many amazing resources that we have access to at Riverside. I hope that teachers continue to encourage this challenging mindset and that students begin to feel more confident with the tools in our makers space. I’m sure that with more time and experience, Micro:bits will find their way into many projects of future Riverside students.

 

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