Tech Team Micro:bits

1. What is the name of the device you have chosen?

I have chosen to use the Sensor for the microbit.

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

This extension allows the user to detect the temperature of the room, how well lit the room is on a scale from 0-900 (900 being a well-lit day outside) and how loud the noise around the microbit is, also on a scale from 1-6. I belive this microbit could be very useful in the classroom setting especially when performing experiments. Most of the time when in science classes if we are doing an experiment we need constants to ensure that we only change one aspect of the device, not its whole environment. Using this Sensor we could easily detect the light, sound, and temperature of the room ensuring that these all stay constant for each prototype. This way the results will be much more accurate and you have three constants that can easily be used. As well, this device could probably be used for projects within the math department for calculating temperature, sound or light waves. This tool could be used in many projects that have constants and variables because the microbit can be adjusted to measure these three variables of any room.

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

CODE FOR SOUND:

CODE FOR TEMPERATURE:

CODE FOR LIGHT:

4. 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.

I believe that many times in the past I have been given the opportunity in class to push the boundaries and think for a creative yet innovative solution and I believe micro bits are just that. For me, if I am given a project that allows me to go to the makers’ space and learn something new it also opens up the door and shows you all the other amazing things the maker’s space has to offer. I hope that within the next few months we can really open up this space for more students so that they can learn to use all these tools we have and can soon add them into their own projects. In Science CO-OP we made thermoses that needed to retain the most heat possible, if i had known that the micrbits had a temperature gauge it would’ve been cool to attach the microbit to the thermos somehow and get it to show the temperature of the water. Another project microbits were used for in the past was with Ms. Mireau in grade 10 Science. We were challenged to create a device using and coding with the microbit that helps some of the special needs students in our school. I can remember our group was trying to develop a microphone pre-recording for Ben to help him open and close his locker. Microbits can be used in so many diverse ways and I believe once more students are exposed to them and learn how they work the ideas will come flowing without issue.