micro:bit in Wonderland
micro:bit in Wonderland
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micro:bit in Wonderland

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Completed on 2018-01-11

About the Book

Are you ready for an adventure with the BBC micro:bit in Wonderland?

“Why,” said the Dodo, “the best way to explain it is to do it.” Come down the rabbit hole and modernise the White Rabbit’s pocket watch, program the Lobster Quadrille dance, create an anger monitor for the Queen of Hearts and lots more!

Create 12 interactive projects, inspired by Lewis Carroll’s classic story Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, and learn how to program the BBC micro:bit mini computer using block-based coding. Gradually build modern skills as you learn about wearables, electronic games, e-textiles, electronics circuits, digital music, animation and much more.

The hands-on projects use simple, inexpensive electronics and everyday household and craft materials. The book provides a playful introduction for families new to coding, electronics and the BBC micro:bit. As you make each project you will develop important creative and computational thinking skills to enable you to imagine, design and create your own projects.

The projects are suitable for beginners aged 9 and over (including teens and adults). Younger children will require adult assistance, whereas older learners can work more independently using the easy-to-follow, step-by-step instructions with colour illustrations and photographs. Additional instructions, templates and bonus content are available on the accompanying website alice.techagekids.com to make things easy for parents and teachers.

About the Editor

Tech Age Kids
Tech Age Kids

Tech Age Kids is an online company, founded by Tracy Gardner and Elbrie de Kock, that helps parents and educators find constructive and creative uses of technology for children and teens. 

The company creates educational material and online content for techagekids.com, including approachable project ideas, news and reviews of the latest educational and creative technology products, as well as advice on digital parenting issues.

Tech Age Kids believes that modern children should develop skills in coding, electronics and design so that they can understand the present and shape the future. The company supports the STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics), Maker and Digital Making movements.

About the Contributors

Dr Tracy Gardner
Dr Tracy Gardner

Author

Tracy Gardner has a Computer Science PhD. She has worked as a software engineer and software architect, including working for 10 years at IBM. Tracy has two children and now focuses on introducing technology to the next generation. Tracy is a director of Tech Age Kids. She also develops educational content for the Raspberry Pi Foundation. Between 2014 to 2017, Tracy taught Computing to Key Stage 2 children (aged 7-11). She volunteers at a Code Club and Coder Dojo.

Elbrie de Kock
Elbrie de Kock

Author

Elbrie de Kock has an Interior Design degree and has worked in a number of different industries as a designer and digital marketeer. Elbrie has three children. Her eldest son’s passion for computer programming inspired her to find opportunities for kids to learn to code. She uses her creative background and newly developed technology skills to develop projects that combine craft, coding and electronics. Elbrie is a director of Tech Age Kids and organises creative technology events for children and families. She volunteers at a Code Club and founded the local Coder Dojo.

Reader Testimonials

Sean McManus
Sean McManus

Author of Cool Scratch Projects in Easy Steps

The Alice theme works well, and the integration of crafting is a great way to elevate even the simplest projects into something quite special.

Prof. Adrian Oldknow
Prof. Adrian Oldknow

Founder of the Cambridge Centre for Innovation in Technological Education

Lewis Carroll, aka Charles Dodgson, was an inventive genius who has caught the imagination of generations of children all over the world in his Alice’s Adventures books. In their ‘micro:bit in Wonderland’ book, Tracy Gardner and Elbrie de Kock draw on that tradition and bring it graphically into the digital era. They skillfully appeal to young learners’ imaginations and creativity, while giving them the digital tools they need to take control.

Gareth James
Gareth James

Chief of Education and Strategy at Micro:bit Education Foundation

When we were presented with the draft of this book it was a delight to explore. It is coherent, concise and comprehensive. It takes the readers on a learning journey but in a way that is full of fun activities, set in the context of a timeless story that is known and loved around the world.

Sian January
Sian January

Software engineer and mother of two

When I first heard about the micro:bit I was fairly underwhelmed and wondered how much you could really do with 25 red LEDs and a few inputs. How wrong I was! I absolutely love the creativity of this book. Tracy and Elbrie have brought together a unique combination of skills to develop these incredible projects that most of us couldn't even dream of. I would have loved a book like this at the age of 10 or 11 (or even older!).

Anne Wan
Anne Wan

Teacher, children’s book author and mother of three

As a Mum with a limited computer background, I often feel left behind by my children's computer knowledge. This book provides a brilliant way of engaging with my child to be creative and learn new coding skills together. Using the story of Alice in Wonderland as the context, along with the clear instructions, makes the projects easy to follow and enjoyable to make. If I can do this, anyone can!

Jane Moody
Jane Moody

Drift Educational IT Services

Tech Age Kids have created an engaging, inspiring and visually beautiful activity book that is an absolute asset for classrooms and families alike. Teaching and playing with children in ways that incorporate technology and develop their coding skills will bring them a lot of fun now and better prepare them for the world of tomorrow.

Bethany
Bethany

Child (aged 11)

I really enjoyed the activities - my favourite was the croquet.

Table of Contents

About the authors

About Tech Age Kids

Foreword by Micro:bit Education Foundation

Acknowledgements

GUIDE TO THIS BOOK

- Who is this book for?

- What will you learn?

- What you will need

- Notes for adults

- How to use this book

THE MICRO:BIT

- Programming the micro:bit

PROJECTS

Project 1: Late!

Project 2: Drink Me, Eat Me

Project 3: The Caucus Race

Project 4: Light Up Caterpillar

Project 5: The Cook and The Pepper Box

Project 6: The Cheshire Cat

Project 7: Twinkle Twinkle Little Bat

Project 8: Painting the Roses

Project 9: Pushing the Queen's Buttons

Project 10: The Croquet Match

Project 11: The Lobster Quadrille

Project 12: The Trial

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