A-Z Microbit: Officially accredited by Microsoft [2020]
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A-Z Microbit: Officially accredited by Microsoft [2020]

Absolute beginner's guide to learning coding, electronics & robotics on the Micro:bit via fun projects. Become an expert
3.8 (48 ratings)
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3,301 students enrolled
Created by Saral Tayal
Last updated 1/2019
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This course includes
  • 5.5 hours on-demand video
  • 2 articles
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • Create advanced robotics and electronics projects using learnt hardware (electronics) and software (code) skills
  • Write Code to integrate input and output electronics (Motors, sensors etc.)
  • Understand how to wire sensors and other electronics
  • Understand how to write code to read values from sensors and control electronics like motors
  • Add wireless functionality to any DIY Project
Requirements
  • Absolutely no prior knowledge of coding or electronics is required. We will start from the start
  • A passion for technology and learning!
  • No hardware is required since we use an online simulator, but it is recommended if you wish to physically test your projects. More details in description
Description

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Have you always wanted to understand the hype behind robotics, coding, electronics, tech, but were overwhelmed by the complexity and not sure where to get started?

This course will avoid all that confusion by taking you step-by-step through understanding everything about robotics, coding and electronics. 

Each module of this course revolves around learning key concepts via building fun projects, robots and experiments. Some of the projects we create in the course are: Sunflower robots, Wall detection cap for blind people, air piano, deuce game generator, digital hot-potato, Treasure hunt using wireless data transmission, pressure sensitive instrument, rock paper scissors generator and more!

Furthermore, each module of the course also includes concepts breakdowns, coding walk-through, challenges and assessments, assembly videos, and demos.

The course is centered around the BBC Microbit Platform: The world's easiest and most friendly electronics and coding platform. In fact all the coding can be done on any device- computer, tablet, or phone.

All the code we write will be picture based graphical code. No confusing text based code! Graphical code is much easier to understand but the computer science principles learnt in the course are identical to what professional programmers use.

The course progression is as follows:

  1. The course will first introduce us to what the MicroBit platform is and how to use it

  2. Then we will learn the fundamentals of programming and computer science (coding)

  3. We will then dive in to electronics by exploring the built in sensors and output devices of the MicroBit (simple electronics)

  4. Only once comfortable with coding and electronics such as sensors will we start to use external electronics and learn how to wire (code+advance electronics + robotics)

  5. Lastly we learn how to integrate wireless communication into our projects.(code+electronics+robotics)

Each module will build on what you learnt in the previous module and no prior knowledge will be required.

This course will make you a creator, an innovator, a leader in a increasingly digital world filled with robots. With a solid understanding of electronics, sensors, and computer science principles, you will be primed to progress to harder concepts like IOT, AI, Machine learning. Learnings from this course will be applicable to all fields from manufacturing, or military, automation, self-driving cars, smart cities etc. 


Tools required-

No hardware & tools needs to be purchased. MicroBit has a free built in online simulator. However, it is recommended that you do purchase the following hardware to physically see how your code works for the projects we create.

Module 1, Module 2, Module 3- Just a MicroBit

Module 4- LEDs, Push Button, Servo, Distance sensor, speaker/earphones for music, moisture sensor, aligator clips + jumper cables

Module 5- Secondary MicroBit

A full list of recommended hardware + multiple purchase links (with international shipping) is available in the last document of the course

Check out my Youtube video  tutorials as well!

Who this course is for:
  • Students and Adults who have always wanted to code, learn electronics, or create robots but don't know where to start
  • People interested in learning robotics and DIY through both hardware(electronics) and software (coding)
  • People who enjoy making and DIY and want to integrate robotics and electronics in their projects and creations
  • Learners can be any age group- kids to adults since robotics and coding isn't age limited
Course content
Expand all 46 lectures 05:22:07
+ Fundamentals of hardware & robotics coding
15 lectures 01:27:50
Watch section 5 for an optional in-depth introduction to the MicroBit
00:05
Tour of Makecode: Where we will program and write code
02:47
On Start & Forever functions
02:38
Conditionals (If & Else statements)
16:53
Random numbers + Conditionals project: Rock Paper Scissors generator (Project)
06:46
Dice Challenge (Project)
00:56
Dice Challenge Answers
04:03
'While' Loops
09:47
+ Projects with the Microbit's built in sensors
8 lectures 59:36
Differences between analog & digital inputs
08:13
Built in Light sensor
04:55
Light Sensor Project
01:25
Compass Sensor
02:07
Compass guessing game (Project)
09:03
+ Interfacing with external sensors and outputs on the MicroBit
11 lectures 01:35:29
Attaching Buttons & LEDs
06:24
Audio Output from the MicroBit
09:34
Air Piano Project
11:22
Attaching servo motors
05:40
UltraSonic Distance Sensor
10:07
Blind person obstacle avoiding cap (Project)
07:28
+ Wireless data transmission with multiple MicroBits
6 lectures 58:28
Radio functions introdution
07:56
Shorten our code challenge
03:18
Tressure hunt game with Beacons (Project)
09:24
Arrays + implementing them in our treasure hunt game
13:35
+ Bonus Introduction videos
6 lectures 20:43
Optional Lecture: How to pair Microbit with a tablet or phone to flash code
02:58
Optional Lecture: How to flash code on your microbit with a laptop
02:43
Optional Lecture: MakeCode vs other programming languages
03:18
Optional Lecture: Alternatives to the MicroBit
06:36
Optional Lecture: Hardware vs Software Programming
04:40