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micro:bit Version 2 Announced!
The latest micro:bit will fit right in to your existing lessons and materials; all the existing MakeCode blocks and MicroPython code will work in the same way as they do on the original micro:bit. More features, including easy ways to take AI and ML into the classroom, will be released throughout 2021.
Some new features of the board:
- A more powerful Nordic nRF52833 processor
- A MEMS microphone
- A speaker
- Capacitive touch sensor
- Power saving mode
The Foundation notes availability from November 2020 at the same price point.
Update your micro:bit version 1 HEX files to work via micro:bit V2 Universal HEX – Kitronik.
Did you know that many activities can be completed without a physical micro:bit? You can use the simulator in MakeCode
In this MakeCode Minute, John Park shows how to create realistic candle flame flicker in MakeCode for Circuit Playground Express! Adafruit Circuit Playground Express Also, perfect for pumpkins!
Check out all the MakeCode minute videos on YouTube.
MakeCode Arcade Game of the Week!
Driving Game Engine by mmoskal is an impressive curved road simulation using a SNES Mode-7 like rendering method.
Check out all the MakeCode Arcade game of the week videos on YouTube.
News from around the web!
Klaus Weidner (@klausweidner) writes:
I got an Adafruit PyGamer, initially intended for my kids to use with MakeCode Arcade, but I’ve admittedly been hogging it. So far I made a game ( https://arcade.makecode.com/14387-51095-53420-83010 ) and hacked on the sound engine for more authentic 8-bit effects.
A 6 year old learns how to get the temperature outside with MakeCode on a micro:bit – Twitter.
MakeCode and Makey Makey, en route to building ones own game controllers and programming a multi-level arcade game – Twitter.
Send a message from one micro:bit to another using LoRa radio with XinaBox, coded in MakeCode, Peer-2-peer, HUGE range (kilometers) – Twitter.
Make a weather station in < 10 mins using XinaBox and drag-and-drop block coding with MS MakeCode – hackster.io.
128 x 64 pixel OLED displays are inexpensive and provide a great way to augment micro:bit projects – blogmywiki.
A simple maze-runner mini-game done using Arcade by Microsoft #MakeCode and their tutorials. You can play it via a browser or mobile (or use the code to port it to other hardware) – itch.io and Twitter.
Microsoft MakeCode: from C++ to TypeScript and Blockly (and Back) – YouTube.
New Guides using MakeCode!
And check out all MakeCode guides on learn.adafruit.com.
Calibrating 360 Degree Servos For :MOVE mini – Kitronik.
MakeCode Streamer is a beta product allows cration of video streams for MakeCode demonstrations, classes and more.
After months of streaming on our mixer channel, we’ve learned quite a few tips and tricks about OBS, scenes, transitions, and other awesome streaming tech. To make everyone benefit from it, we’ve remixed our favorite features into a new tool, Streamer, that simplifies the production of coding videos. Streamer is in beta phase and Microsoft would love to hear your feedback!
- try it now for any MakeCode editor https://makecode.com/streamer
- docs: https://makecode.com/streamer/docs
- Rob Morrill shares his use – Twitter.
Learn how to code and get immediate results with BuildBee MakeCode, a block coding application powered by Microsoft MakeCode for creating 3D printable models – Twitter.
Resources for Educators and more!
If we missed any resources, please let us know on GitHub, we’ll be updating this list each newsletter.
- MakeCode forums
- MakeCode Blog
- Awesome MakeCode on GitHub
- r/MakeCode – Reddit
- @MSMakeCode on Twitter
- Latest #MakeCode tagged Tweets
- MakeCode on Instagram
- #MakeCode tagged photos on Instagram
- MakeCode on YouTube
- MakeCode minute on YouTube
- MakeCode Arcade Game of the Week on YouTube
- MakeCode posts on Adafruit
- MakeCode guides on learn.adafruit.com
Join the MakeCode Discussions on Discord
The Adafruit Discord community has a dedicated #makecode channel to discuss all things MakeCode, seek advice, etc. – Join us now.
What is Microsoft MakeCode?
Microsoft MakeCode is a free, open source platform for creating engaging computer science learning experiences that support a progression path into real-world programming – YouTube.
An interactive simulator provides students with immediate feedback on how their program is running and makes it easy to test and debug their code.
Students new to coding can start with colored blocks that they can drag and drop onto their workspace to construct their programs.
Microsoft MakeCode Arcade is a web-based beginner-friendly code editor to create retro arcade games for the web and for microcontrollers. In this guide, you will learn how to assemble your own Arcade hardware from different parts. MakeCode Arcade is open source, and on GitHub.
Microsoft has produced an excellent overview video of MakeCode Arcade – YouTube.
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