Kitronik LAB:bit educational platform for BBC micro:bit
The Kitronik LAB:bit for the BBC microbit offers a super fun way for children to learn about coding in an engaging and hands-on way. It has been specifically designed for the classroom for KS2 computing and is backed by online MakeCode tutorials, simplified custom blocks, and a detailed getting started guide. Supplied in the box are; a battery holder (3 x AA), a wheel and tyre for the motor, and the detailed easy-to-follow guide.
It is absolutely packed with an impressive array of features and devices for easy delivery of fun and informative lessons. These include; a motor, ultrasonic distance sensor, 2 x large user-assignable tactile buttons (with indicator LEDs), a microphone, speaker (with volume control), 7 programmable ZIP LEDs(in an arc), A user-assignable potentiometer control, 2 x sets of traffic light LEDs, and LEDs arranged in a dice formation (that can also be used for displaying digits).
The board also features; an edge connector for the micro:bit to slot into, a pre-fitted protective acrylic cover, clip-able pads for attaching an additional motor, 2 x clip-able pads for attaching further buttons/switches, power indication LEDS, a cutaway for easy reset button access, and pre-fitted anti-slip rubber feet.
This all-in-one laboratory environment ships with a detailed getting started guide, filled with step-by-step information that can easily be followed by either teacher or pupil. The guide covers everything the user or teacher needs to know, from the ground up.
Coding is done via the MakeCode blocks editor. Kitronik has produced custom blocks for the editor to ensure that they are suitable for use with pupils aged 7-10. Each area of the board has its own blocks and they all slot together in intuitive ways. Detailed information on how to add these blocks to MakeCode can be found in the Getting start guide that ships with LAB:bit.
Power is provided via the provided 3 x AA battery holder into the DC barrel jack input. The board has been rated for a maximum of 6V and a minimum of 3V, 3V - 4.5V is recommended. The onboard power regulation circuit provides power to the board and to the micro:bit,. LAB:bit has an inbuilt polarity protection circuit There is a colour-changing power LED to indicate when the battery voltage is getting low.
- No soldering.
- Minimal mechanical assembly is required. The wheel needs to have the tyre fitted and then to be fitted to the onboard motor.
- This kit is not supplied with a micro:bit. The micro:bit is available separately here.
- LAB:bit is an all in one educational platform designed for the delivery of KS2 computing in the classroom (7 - 10-year-olds).
- It's packed full of devices, LEDs, switches, sensors, and other programmable features.
- It features an edge connector for the micro:bit to slot into, no tools required.
- LAB:bit is supplied with a pre-fitted protective acrylic cover.
- Additionally, there are clip-able pads for attaching an additional motor, 2 x clip-able pads for attaching further buttons/switches, colour-changing power indication LEDs, and a cutaway for easy reset button access.
- There are also pre-fitted anti-slip rubber feet.
- Code it with blocks in the MakeCode editor.
- Kitronik custom blocks to make coding more intuitive and straightforward.
- Supplied in the box are; a battery holder (3 x AA) and a wheel and tyre.
- Power LAB:bit via the provided 3 x AA battery holder.
- The board is rated for 3V - 6V.
- It has inbuilt polarity protection.
- The onboard power regulation circuit provides power to the board and to the micro:bit.
- LAB:bit is supplied with a fully comprehensive getting started guide. It takes you through everything you need to know and can be followed by both teachers and pupils.
- Length: 150mm.
- Width: 100mm.
- Max Height: 41mm.