The micro:bit Educator's Lab Pack includes 10 micro:bit boards and everything you need to get you started with the new learning platform. The Lab Pack has everything you need, including micro:bits, cables, battery packs and a few parts to experiment with. This package provides an easy way to introduce your students to the micro:bit without any difficulty or parts hunting.
SparkFun packages everything educators need to get started with the micro:bit in a variety of classroom settings and learning environments. The hardware boards, cables and extra parts come pre-packaged. Examples and curriculum materials are available from SparkFun and micro:bit, as well as from other educators involved in this growing maker education movement.
Lab Packs are your classroom entry point. By combining our kits, popular boards and other educational tools with support materials, SparkFun brings all the power of the open source community to the classroom.
The micro:bit is a pocket-sized computer that lets you get creative with digital technology. Between the micro:bit and our shield-like bit boards you can do almost anything while coding, customizing and controlling your micro:bit from almost anywhere! You can use your micro:bit for all sorts of unique creations, from robots to musical instruments and more. At half the size of a credit card, this versatile board has vast potential!
This skill concerns mechanical and robotics knowledge. You may need to know how mechanical parts interact, how motors work, or how to use motor drivers and controllers.
Skill Level: Competent - You may need an understanding of servo motors and how to drive them. Additionally, you may need some fundamental understanding of motor controllers.
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If a board needs code or communicates somehow, you're going to need to know how to program or interface with it. The programming skill is all about communication and code.
Skill Level: Rookie - You will need a better fundamental understand of what code is, and how it works. You will be using beginner-level software and development tools like Arduino. You will be dealing directly with code, but numerous examples and libraries are available. Sensors or shields will communicate with serial or TTL.
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If it requires power, you need to know how much, what all the pins do, and how to hook it up. You may need to reference datasheets, schematics, and know the ins and outs of electronics.
Skill Level: Rookie - You may be required to know a bit more about the component, such as orientation, or how to hook it up, in addition to power requirements. You will need to understand polarized components.
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Based on 2 ratings:
The 10 pack seems to be the right number of Micro:Bits, but a few areas of suggested improvements:
1. The alligator clips were hard for the 5 & 6 graders to work with. The were slippery and not easy to clip to the boards and the teeth didn't grab the pins of the speaker or the patch cables so connection issues cropped up in class.
2. The battery packs should have a on/off switch. Once they are connected to the board, it is hard to unplug them so I had the students remove one battery instead of fighting to unplug the board.
3. The USB cable was too long. I know the "Go" kit has a very short cable which can be a problem, but a 24" cable would be perfect IMO. 4. It would be great if the pack included 10 of the cool red Spark Fun boxes (in a flat un-assembled format for shipping) so each student could store his stuff in a project box. I ended up going to a local craft store and buying boxes for each student. When my month long class ended, the student was able to take the project box and contents home with them to keep and continue to learn!
This is a great little board and the students loved the 8 session class. I purchased another one of these kits for my next class.
Thanks, -Mike O.
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