Dimmer Switch

Overview

This lesson challenges students to incorporate both push and variable switches to control the micro:bit’s LED matrix. Students will have to convert the analog values from a potentiometer into an acceptable value that controls the LED matrix.

Aims

  • Create two variables that work in conjunction with each other.
  • Use an analog reading to control the brightness of the micro:bit LED matrix.

Download the Code

MakeCode Editor

Click the button below to download the MakeCode editor code for this lesson. The hex file is contained in a zip folder.

Kindly refer to our download the code page for instructions on how to upload your code onto the micro:bit. Please use instructions set A.

This code can also be uploaded into the MakeCode editor.

Kit Required

Micro:bit

Innovation Board

Potentiometer

- 1 x Connector Cables

Preparation

  1. Connect the micro:bit to the Innovation board via the edge connector.
  2. Use the connector cables to connect the potentiometer to the ADC1 connector on the Innovation board.
  3. Connect the micro:bit to a computer via the microUSB cable.
  4. Go to the MakeCode website on your computer and open a new project.

Time to Code

What Will Happen

When button A is pressed the LED matrix will be activated. The potentiometer can be used to vary the brightness level of the LEDs. Turn the potentiometer clockwise to brighten the LEDs and anti-clockwise to dim the LEDs. To turn off the LED matrix press button A.

Taking it Further

  • Incorporate more devices into the system. Look to use an LED board instead of the micro:bit.

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