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Standalone microbit scrolling displays

I wanted to make a scrolling display for my desk on parents’ evening, and thought I might use a micro:bit. Then I thought 5 micro:bits might be even better. But how to get them scrolling one message across? I didn’t … Continue reading

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Book Review: Code Academy by Sean McManus

Code Academy by Sean McManus, illustrated by Rosan Magar. Ivy Kids / Quarto Publishing, £9.99 This is an intriguing new book to introduce coding to children – there’s no guided age on the back but I think it should appeal … Continue reading

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More adventures in software-defined radio

multitasking – tide times and flight data! At the risk of being accused of ‘clickbait’ again, here’s an update on what I’ve been doing with my USB software-defined radio stick. Yes I know this is nothing new, yes I know … Continue reading

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The FaderPhone microbit musical instrument

Today I made a (sort of) electronic musical instrument with a BBC microbit and an old BBC radio studio fader. It’s wired up like I did previously, only I used pin 1 in place of pin 0 – as pin … Continue reading

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Upcycling old netbooks

My school has a large number of old Asus eeePC 1001PX netbooks. They originally had WindowXP on, which obviously is no longer supported so their use was limited. Our IT department had rebuilt them with LXDE Linux for use in … Continue reading

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