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 lesson activity illustrates how the micro:bit can be used to create a name badge using the on board button inputs and LED matrix.
- 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.
- MicroUSB Cable
- 2 x AAA Batteries
- Connect the micro:bit to a computer via the microUSB cable.
- Go to the MakeCode website on your computer and open a new project.
Download the Code
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.
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.
- All of the blocks required for this lesson can be found in the ‘Basic’ tab and ‘Input’ tab of the MakeCode editor.
- Begin by opening the ‘Input’ tab and selecting the ‘on button pressed’ block. This will be your input. By default, button A is selected.
- 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.
- Locate the ‘show string’ block in the basic tab and connect it to your input. Enter your name into the text field.
- The code is now finished! Download your code and upload it onto the micro:bit. The instructions for this can be found on the download the code page. Please use instructions set B.
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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