Name Badge Lesson

Overview

The micro:bit not only offers the ability to learn how to code but also to see how your code works in a practical way. This leson activity illustrates how the micro:bit can be used to create a name badge using the on board button inputs and LED matrix.

Aims

  • Get a basic understanding of how to use the MakeCode editor to programme the micro:bit.
  • See how the use of an input can be used to trigger an output.

Kit Required

Micro:bit

Wearable Kit

- MicroUSB Cable
- 2 x AAA Batteries

Preparation

  1. Assemble the Wearable kit with the micro:bit. (Click here to find instructions on how to assemble the Wearable kit).
  2. Connect the micro:bit to a computer via the microUSB cable.
  3. Go to the MakeCode website on your computer and open a new project.

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 here for instructions on how to upload your code onto the micro:bit. 

This code can also be uploaded into the MakeCode editor.

Dr Bit Code

Click the button below to download the Dr Bit solutions  for this challenge. The Dr Bit file is contained within a zip folder.

To download Dr Bit PC software kindly click hear.

To download the Dr Bit app kindly select one of the links below.

Time to Code

As you go through these steps please note that there is an image of the completed code below.

  1. All of the blocks required for this lesson can be found in the ‘Basic’ tab and ‘Input’ tab of the MakeCode editor.
  2. Begin by opening the ‘Input’ tab and selecting the ‘on button pressed’ block. This will be your input. By default, button A is selected.
  3. Now that you have an input, you can use it to control an output. For this name badge lesson the output will be to display your name on the LED matrix.
  4. Locate the ‘show string’ block in the basic tab and connect it to your input. Enter your name into the text field. 
  5. The code is now finished! Download your code and upload it onto the micro:bit.

What Happens

When you press button A on your micro:bit your name will scroll across the LED matrix screen. Once your name has finished the LED matrix will turn off until you press button again.

Taking it Further

  • Explore the various inputs that makecode has to offer and try then out on your name badge.
  • Create different outputs using the blocks under the basic tab. Try using your name to show numbers or even images.
  • Use textiles to create a micro:bit holder that can pin onto a t-shirt to make the name badge more realistic.

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