The ConceptThe idea started as we designed our new range of :CITY small accessories for the BBC micro:bit, including the STOP:bit traffic light and ACCESS:bit barrier. We wanted a fun way to show them off working together in a street setting. The initial phase of making rough sketches opened up lots of ideas for layouts and features. As more buildings appeared on the street we started adding more of our micro:bit accessories, and the idea snowballed from there. One early design of the full layout included a train and even a mini piano bar! We settled on this layout with seven buildings each featuring a different microbit accessory, with :MOVE minis running on the roads using their line following feature.
ArtworkThe top sheet that covers the 6x4 foot table is a massive single piece. This artwork also inspired a smaller A3 sized layout that will be available soon, but if you happen to have an enormous printer (as one does) you can use this for inspiration on your own layout.
How we made the microbit Kitronik :CITY - BETT 2019:
Move Mini GarageOther than the stadium, all of the buildings are laser cut from 3mm MDF, with artwork printed on A4 paper. We kept this simple building empty as a place to store spare batteries and a few tools, but it also makes a good guide for help with some of the other buildings. You will need:
- 3mm MDF (600x400mm).
- Hot glue or PVA.
- A4 paper.
- Craft knife or scissors.
- Glue stick or double sided tape.
- Our DXF and PDF files.
Kitronik :CITY Resources:Our Kitronik :CITY stand attracted a lot of attention at BETT 2019. Many of our visitors also expressed a desire to make something similar once they returned to their schools. We decided to help out by producing the guides below. Each part of the :CITY has its own guide and each guide has all of the files, code and also instructions included. Additionally, if you or your students tackle any of the builds below then we would love to see the pictures. With your permission, we would also like to feature them in the Gallery (Gallery@kitronik.co.uk).
|Make A microbit Controlled Kitronik :CITY:|
|Kitronik :CITY Part 1 - Laser Cut :MOVE Mini Garage.|
|Kitronik :CITY Part 2 - :MOVE Mini Football Stadium.|
|Kitronik :CITY Part 3 - Klimate, microbit & ZIP Halo Big Ben.|
|Kitronik :CITY Part 4 - Servo Driver Board Tower Bridge.|
|Kitronik :CITY Part 5 - Robotics Board London Eye & Turbine.|
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