I had a DS18B20 1-wire Temperature Sensor that came with the excellent Sensors CamJam EduKit for Raspberry Pi – I wondered if you could use this with micro:bit to get more accurate external temperature readings. It turns out, thanks to my amazing colleagues Mark and Carlos, that you can!
The version of the DS18B20 Temperature Sensor I have is waterproof, so this means I can make an alarm to tell me when my coffee is getting cold (although I’d probably need to use pin 1 or pin 2 for the sensor instead of pin 0).
Here’s what you need:
- DS18B20 temperature sensor
- some way of connecting it, e.g. breadboard, jumper wires and crocodile clip leads
- 4.7kΩ resistor
- Online MakeCode editor and internet access
Then in the MakeCode editor, add this extension.
You do this by clicking on the cog wheel, going to extensions, and paste
https://github.com/DFRobot/pxt-ds18b20 in the ‘Search or enter project URL’ box.
This project will show a bar graph of the temperature, but if your micro:bit firmware is up-to-date and you’re using a recent version of Chrome, you can also use webUSB to log temperature data on a connected computer, plot it in real time on a graph and save for later analysis in a spreadsheet or other program.