[vcf-midatlantic] semi OT: BBC micro:bit on sale at Microcenter

Adam Michlin amichlin at swerlin.com
Tue Aug 29 17:04:26 EDT 2017

You might try:


I'm not a big fan of the MicroBit so far, though. I find it to be a poor 
substitute for the Raspberry Pi for programming instruction and a poor 
substitute for the Arduino for science/electrical engineering 
instruction. There is a valid point for the latter than the cost per 
student is much less, though.

Best wishes,


On 8/29/2017 4:53 PM, Joseph Oprysko via vcf-midatlantic wrote:
> I'm thinking about picking up a couple for my kids (and maybe one for me as
> well).
> I'd love to find a "Teachers guide" for it. Maybe talk to some of the other
> parents in the complex I live in and do like weekly classes for these.
> Anyone know if some type of teachers guide exists?
> I'll have to look through the website and see how I could try to convince
> some of the various parents in the area how having the kids learn to
> use/program these would be helpful to them.
> Joe
> On Mon, Aug 28, 2017 at 9:49 PM Douglas Crawford via vcf-midatlantic <
> vcf-midatlantic at lists.vintagecomputerfederation.org> wrote:
>> On 8/28/2017 8:27 PM, Derrik Walker v2.0 via vcf-midatlantic wrote:
>>> On 08/28/2017 06:32 PM, Jeffrey Jonas via vcf-midatlantic wrote:
>>>> I know it's a hard sell compared to the $5 Raspberry Pi zero, but
>>>>       http://microbit.org/
>>>> The BBC micro:bit is a pocket-sized codeable computer
>>>> with motion detection, a built-in compass and Bluetooth technology,
>>>> which was given free to every child in year 7 or equivalent across the
>>>> UK in 2016.
>>> I won one of these a about a year before they were readily available
>>> here in the US.  I've gotten to play with it a fair bit.
>>> It's actually more like the original vision of the Raspberry Pi - an
>>> ARM based computer programmed with Python. I guess there are other
>>> options, but I only use MicroPython on my Linux box to program it.
>>> Hardware wise, it's more like an Arduino than a Raspi. Or maybe
>>> somewhere between the two.
>>> It's interesting and has some different features including to buttons
>>> and a 5x5 LED array, accelerator, a compass, and some wireless com
>>> options.
>>> - Derrik
>> As someone who has a representation of many of the available
>> embedded solution boards (St8m, ST32, a ton of Arduinos, several ATMEL
>> oards, Several PIs, Beaglebone etc...)
>> My first reaction was oh just what we need, yet another board option and
>> form factor...
>> but I took a closer look and I think its cool.   I'll be getting one.
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