See what Microsoft's Makecode has to offer teachers and students. Coding and/or programming is a hot topic in K12 education. Play with examples of Makecode in the online simulator and see demonstrations with two great microcontrollers, the Adafruit Circuit Playground Express and the BBC: microbit. Students love to control their physical world with programming/coding.
Part I – Makecode & micro:bit
Microsoft MakeCode – https://makecode.com/ focus on two of the six supported items:
micro:bit – https://makecode.microbit.org/ [currently Makecode's best supported microcontroller]
MakeCode is a fast, easy and flexible tool for coding microcontrollers. One of the most valuable skills in our modern age is coding. Even more fun, coding that allows you to control the world around you. The two boards we use today are designed for Physical Computing. Coding from scratch is analogous to poetry, you have the entire English language at your disposal, but finding the right word and making them flow is a skill. Makecode runs entirely in the browser, no drivers, no downloads. Works with Chromebooks, Windows, Macs, even Raspberry Pi's.
micro:bit shows up as flash storage drives on your computer. Use your Finder/File Explorer/Chrome OS File Manager/File Manager [Mac/Windows/Chromebook/RasPi]
MakeCode - https://learn.adafruit.com/makecode an ad free tutorial from adafruit.
Interface – quick overview – learn by hands-on with the virtual micro:bit
Contacts 21 GPIO pins, but our focus will be on 3 pins GND, 3.3V, Pin 0
Supply your own alligator or crocodile (UK) clips
ARM Cortex-M0 processor running 3.3V at 48 Mhz
Where to purchase
Adafruit & Sparkfun – BBC micro:bit Go Bundle – micro:bit, USB to micro USB, battery holder, batteries $16.50
Adafruit & Sparkfun – BBC micro:bit board only $14.95
Python Editor – http://python.microbit.org
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Adafruit BBC micro:bit Lesson #0 - https://learn.adafruit.com/bbc-micro-bit-lesson-number-0/python-editor?view=all