Have you ever wondered how a phone or sat nav knows which way it’s facing? Or if it’s being moved or shaken? Well it’s all to do with a clever gadget called an accelerometer and in the latest of our popular series of coding workshops we’ll show you how they work, using a micro:bit.
Use this clever tech to programme your micro:bit to show a sad face when it’s upside down and an angry face when it’s shaken.. You’ll then explore the micro:bit’s pins, which although usually are used to control various outputs such as sounds and light, also know when they are touched, so you can control the micro:bit with your own body!
There’s an opportunity to build on last month’s bop-it game (for regular computing club attendees) or (everyone) wire in a speaker and use the accelerometer and the touch sensitive pins to make a music controller – so if you tilt it, shake it, or touch a specific pin, a note will play.
Suitable for those new to coding or children who have attended a previous coding workshop.
10AM – 11.30AM Ages 9-12
12.30AM -2PM Ages 9-12
2.30PM – 4PM Ages 12-15 (Unaccompanied)
9-12 year olds in the morning sessions must be accompanied. The afternoon session for ages 12 – 15 is unaccompanied and so permission forms must be completed. Forms can be downloaded here and can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org in advance, or printed and brought along on the day.
Our Creative Computing Club is kindly sponsored by Steven Wray, a winner of I’m an engineer Get me out of here 2015.
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