New Product News Roundup July 2018:It's not just about the products, we've also been busy putting together resources. Additionally, we've worked with a Teacher to produce some incredibly detailed KS3 lesson plans. Unlike our new product launches, we've kept up to date with sharing news of these resources via social media and our Newsletter. To keep up to date with all things Kitronik, be sure to sign up for our newsletter here.
Edison V2.0 Robot:Edison is a programmable robot designed to be a complete STEM teaching resource for coding and robotics education for students from 4 to 16 years of age. The Edison robot is a powerful, engaging tool for teaching children computational thinking and computer programming in a hands-on way. With more built-in sensors than any robot in its class as well as lights, sounds and autonomous behaviour capabilities, Edison makes true robotics education accessible to students of all ages.
Solderless Gearmotor:Our Solderless Gear Motor provides a compact plastic brushed DC gearmotor with 2 x 0.1" (2.54mm) pitch male pins attached. This allows for connection of the motor to terminal blocks etc. without requiring soldering. Jumper cables are an ideal method of connection, making sure that one end of the cables has a female connection. The solderless gearmotors are a great choice for use in small robots due to their light weight and they are also ideal for use with a Motor Driver such as the Motor Driver Board for the BBC micro:bit.
Ultrasonic Distance Sensor:Add obstacle detection to your buggy and robotics projects with this easy to use ultrasonic range sensor. This is the HC-SR04 ultrasonic ranging sensor. This economical sensor provides 2cm to 400cm of non-contact measurement functionality with a ranging accuracy that can reach up to 3mm. You will find this sensor very easy to set up and use for your next range-finding project! The easiest pins to use on the microbit are 0, 1, and 2. So I used 0 for Trig and 1 for Echo. This sensor works within the 3.3V - 5V range, if it is the only external device connected to the microbit then it can draw power from the microbit. If combined with other sensors it will need its own power supply.
Soil Moisture Sensor:Keep an eye on the wellbeing of your houseplants with this useful soil moisture sensor. You could even add a pump and a water source for an automated watering system! But be sure to weather/waterproof it first. The soil moisture sensor is pretty straightforward to use. The two large, exposed pads function as probes for the sensor, together acting as a variable resistor. The more water that is in the soil means the better the conductivity between the pads will be, resulting in a lower resistance and a higher SIG out.
Extending The Range Of The microbit:In addition, we love finding great new products for the micro:bit, almost as much as we love designing them. Below are 4 great new lines that might be just the ticket for your latest project. Check them out!
gator:bit For The BBC microbit:The gator:bit is an all-in-one carrier board for your microbit that provides you with a fully functional development and prototyping platform. Almost every pin on the micro:bit is broken out to pads that alligator (or crocodile, if you prefer) clips can connect to so you can get the most out of it! Whether it is data visualization using the five on-board addressable LEDs, capacitive touch sensing on pins 0, 1, & 2, or creating musical works of art using the built-in speaker we've got it covered with the SparkFun gator:bit!
scroll:bit For The BBC microbit:scroll:bit is a little display with a lot of pixels! Its 119 bright white LEDs are perfect for scrolling messages with your micro:bit, or for animations, graphs, and more! Just slot in your microbit, then code scroll:bit with the block-based Microsoft MakeCode editor, or with MicroPython in the Mu code editor. It works in a very similar way to the built-in red LED matrix on your micro:bit, so if you've used that then you'll know exactly what to do.
noise:bit For The BBC microbit:Make your micro:bit sing with noise:bit! It's a tiny speaker that packs a fair bit of punch, and it's perfect for BLEEPS and BLOOPS! Just slot in your micro:bit, and use the sound generation blocks and code in Microsoft MakeCode and MicroPython to generate tones, sounds, and speech. We've had great fun combining it with an enviro:bit light sensor to make a radio-controlled theremin!
enviro:bit For The BBC microbit:Since the world around you with enviro:bit! It's loaded with sensors for air and weather, colour and light, and sound, and slots right onto your microbit. Just slot in your micro:bit, then code enviro:bit with the block-based Microsoft MakeCode editor, or with MicroPython in the Mu code editor. The sensors go hand-in-hand really well with the LED matrix on micro:bit, letting you graph sensors readings or have the LEDs react to sound, for example. The enviro:bit comes fully assembled and ready to use so there is no soldering required!
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