Micro:bit

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The BBC micro:bit is a tiny programmable computer which has been designed to make teaching and learning programming fun. The micro:bit can be programmed in lots of different ways. Microsoft's Block Editor allows code to be dragged and dropped into place, where coding blocks simply snap together to make the programming logic easier to understand. It is also possible to program these in a text editor using the JavaScript and Python programming languages. Micro:bits are ideal for helping young people create their own outdoor play because they come with motion detection, a built-in compass and Bluetooth technology. They can also be connected to other input/output boards,...

PlayStation Move Controllers

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We have used PlayStation Move controllers to create some new digital games. The animated GIF shows a PlayStation Move controller running in a simple test bed which we based on Thomas Perl's PS Move API. This test bed uses the different buttons on the controller (triangle, circle, cross and square) to set the lights according to the colour of those symbols. We have so far used this controller to put a "digital twist" on a game of catch and make a "digital jump rope" which re-imagines how we might play skipping digitally, but without any screens. These games were a lot of fun and...

SAM Labs Classroom Kit

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We are experimenting with lots of different hardware in the Playing Out with IOT project and one piece of hardware we really like is the SAM Lab's Classroom Kit. SAM Labs is one of the project partners but we think their innovative kit is brilliant for teaching about both flow-based coding and materials. In addition, we are excited about what you can do with their blocks outside. Just think what you can do with plug-and-play digital electronics that will let you build anything from a rugged buggy to race in that wood near your house, to setting trap outside - with a...