Microbit Kodu controller

 

Having enjoyed sharing this with Primary School pupils quite a few times, now it is time to see what Secondary School pupils make of it: answer they mastered the Kodu When / Do  system at lightening pace then proceeded to apply the Microbit control to make a first-person jet flying game in an impressively quick jump – the sky is no limit to Year 11 Computer Science students!

 

 

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Relay connect

 

With some of the new circuitry that I have extracted form old toys being in need of higher current switching than I would like to strain a Pi GPIO with, tis time for a relay or two..

 

 

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Self Watering Plant, Part 1

 

Just begun assembling and preparing the parts for what I hope will be a self watering plant mechanism..

 

Stage 1: take delivery of a battery-powered water pistol, then open it up..

 

 

 

 

 

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Reassembly

 

This base was able to provide 3v and 4.5 v as well as having a useful switch and speaker point.

The connector block is to simplify connecting it up to the Pi / Microbit / Circuit Playground Express

 

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Disassembly

First comes the opening up, then comes the moment of truth: has it got potential for inclusion into a new project?

Consideration must be given to the old battery / leaked battery / corroded connectors scenario as well as the voltage that it will be happy to operate with..

 

 

tinfoil is a great help..

 

 

 

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Time to reveal the toy collection

There is a distinction between where a child’s toy meets a tool meets a gadget, but there was no need to draw that distinction in today’s Year 11 Computer Science class. After a brief introduction I threw open the wooden toolbox (from Sammy’s Garage – just the thing..) to reveal a smorgasbord of delights awaiting connection and coding up.

 

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Scrap Store – the fun begins!

For great value electronic kit (broken toys for the most part) Scrap Store is hard to beat.

Now for some dismantling and corroded battery removal.

 I had some help making an initial assessment of the loot..

Note a startled expression when the dog sat up and barked.!

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