Welcome to the Robot page
The page is created to share with the CAS Swindon Secondary Community a brief review of the BitBot XL
The main focus will be: examples of how it could be used in class / examples of code
Also included are links to useful BitBot XL sites
Firstly this is a Micro:Bit powered robot. As such it requires a Micro:Bit (available here for under £15) and supports both block based programming and text level coding through Python or Java
In school this robot could be used to demonstrate inputs such as light, motion, ultrasonic; or outputs such as motors, buzzer or multiple sets of LEDs.
Given the cost (£42) it is probably more realistic to have a small number of these in school for teacher-led demonstrations, rather than class sets (unless your budget is abundant!)
This robot is suitable for all key stages from KS1 to KS5 for that reason: it provides learners with a tangible, physical example of coding in action.
Using Microsoft MakeCode is the most straightforward method of adding code. It first needs to have the BitBot Extension added, as shown below:
If you have an original Micro:Bit then the firmware will be from 2006 (14 year old code usually benefits from an update!)
Direct downloading to the Micro:Bit is one example of an improvement